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Munster Town Council receiving input from area residents regarding purchase of Center for Visual and Performing Arts

Council meets Monday, March 18, 7 p.m., in the main meeting room at 1005 Ridge Rd

MUNSTER, Ind. (March 15, 2024) – Wendy Mis has received 50 emails so far about the proposed plans for Munster’s Center for Visual and Performing Arts Center. That’s 50 more than she’s received since being elected Clerk/Treasurer for the Town in 2019.

“It’s good that people care,” she said.

The proposed sale of the building at 1040 Ridge Road to the School Town of Munster was reported a few days ago by Joseph Pete of the Times.

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The Center for Visual and Performing Arts is located at 1040 Ridge Road in Munster, Indiana. It has been providing professional theatre and arts programs in the suburbs since 1989. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Mis said for the Town of Munster to purchase the property would be a significant undertaking. She believes members of the council are interested in exploring options but nothing specific has been discussed.

The Lansing Journal was unable to find the agenda for Monday’s meeting in the Documents section of the Munster website, but Clerk Mis confirmed that the Munster Performing Arts Center is not an agenda item. The topic may be brought up during the Public Comment portion of the meeting however.

Public Comment is a regular part of meetings, and Council members listen to all comments. Mis said she will likely not read the 50 emails she’s received so far — many of them have duplicate content — but she may choose to share quotes from some of the correspondence if they express different points.

Any member of the public is allowed to speak at a public meeting. Munster typically limits each comment to three minutes.

Clerk Mis anticipates receiving additional comments via email throughout the weekend, and she will tally those for the Town Council as well. She said there is not a specific quantity of comments that makes a topic important for Council members — whether one resident speaks up or one hundred, the Council gives due consideration to all input.

The Munster Town Council meets in the Main Meeting Room at the Munster Town Hall, 1005 Ridge Road, Munster IN 46321. The Monday, March 18, meeting begins at 7 p.m. The meeting proceedings can also be watched online on the Munster website: www.munster.org/department/board.php?structureid=186

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The Main Civic Meeting Room is near the front entrance of Munster’s Town Hall, 1005 Ridge Road. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
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The Munster Town Hall is located at 1005 Ridge Road in Munster and is accessible from Tapper Avenue just east of Calumet Avenue. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

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3 COMMENTS

  1. And she will receive 50 more from just me! It’s important for the town and people to consider the CVPA.
    Speak up please!

    • Respectfully, why would you do that to someone? Ms. Mis has already commented to the effect that it will be a part of the public forum. She also commented that it did not matter if there was one or if there were 100 emails. Not to mention, if you go to the meeting, you will have a chance to speak.

  2. For Munster to consider buying it, implies that it is up for sale.
    Who would be a better owner than the town?
    Nice commercial space if someone else buys it,
    More to consider than just worrying about the town buying it.

    Also is it beneficial to the town residents, if the town buys it or someone else buys it?

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