With the upcoming July 4 festivities approaching, Porter police chief James
Spanier shared information residents should know with the Town Council on
He said for the July 3 fireworks, which take place at the Indiana Dunes
State Park but affect the Porter Beach area, beach residents can get a flyer
at either the Police Department or the town hall that will help ease
Spanier also advised that parking on the north side of Lincoln Street in
downtown Porter will be banned during the July 4 midnight parade; illegally
parked vehicles will be towed.
Public Works director Brenda Brueckheimer urged Porter residents to fly
American flags for the July 4 midnight parade and for the Family 4th Fest
parade later that day.
By unanimous vote the council approved an assembly permit for The Village
Tavern to conduct a street dance on a closed portion of Lincoln Street July
14 from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. The annual event is a fundraiser for the Porter
In other business, it was announced that signs are being put back up at
Porter Beach to warn the public when they are entering an easement across
private property and to please be respectful when they are on it.
Park superintendent Jim Miller said VFW Post 2511 has donated $200 toward
the repair of the War Memorial at Hawthorne Park. Miller also said its a
challenge to maintain 27 newly planted trees at Hawthorne in the current
heat and drought.
Associate town attorney Laura Frost said Porters zoning boards are
recommending that town hall staff, not the Porter County Assessors Office,
provide the list of contiguous property owners needed for notification of a
pending zoning petition. Frost suggested a new $20 town fee for the service.
An ordinance will be drafted for Town Council consideration July 10.
Also Tuesday, to comply with a new Indiana law the council voted 5-0 under
suspension of the rules with no discussion to adopt a recommended policy
regarding nepotism and contracting with the town. Council president Greg
Stinson said if the town didnt adopt the ordinance by July 1, it could face
budget delays from the state.
The meeting began with applause as retiring Ward 1 council member Bill
Cantrell entered the room. At the conclusion of her report Brueckheimer told
Cantrell, "I cant even tell you how much youve improved my world. Thank you
so very much, Bill."
Cantrell was a member of the Porter Stormwater Management Board prior to his
election and he continued to serve on that board, which works closely with
Brueckheimer on town drainage projects and the federally mandated MS4