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Tourism board tells rules for Thursday Pavilion Partners meeting

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The Porter County Convention, Recreation and Visitor Commission will host a meeting Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Memorial Opera House to hear a presentation by Pavilion Partners, LLC on the redevelopment of the pavilion and construction of a banquet center at the Indiana Dues State Park.

The Memorial Opera House is located at 104 Indiana Ave., in Valparaiso.

The PCCRVC on Monday sent a list of set rules and guidelines “to facilitate an orderly and productive meeting.”

- Written comments, questions and concerns may be submitted prior to the meeting to PCCRVC Executive Director Lorelei Weimer at and Operations Director Patti Boyer at

- Those attending Thursday will have until the start of the meeting to submit written comments, questions and concerns. The meeting will begin promptly at 5 p.m. Attendees will also be asked to sign-in and provide contact information for future communication on the Pavilion project.

- The first 30 minutes of the meeting will consist of an uninterrupted presentation by Pavilion Partners.

- From approximately 5:30 to 5:45 p.m., public comment will be received from those in support of the Pavilion Partners project. Individual comments will be limited to no more than two minutes.

- From approximately 5:45 to 6 p.m., the written questions submitted prior to the meeting will be read. Redundancy will be avoided and the total number of written questions read will be constrained by the 15-minute protocol.

- From approximately 6 to 6:45 p.m., opponents of the Pavilion Partners project will be given an opportunity to speak. Comments will be limited to two minutes.

- From approximately 6:45 to 7 p.m. Pavilion Partners will be given an opportunity to respond to any comments, questions and/or concerns contained in the written questions or expressed by opponents to the project.

- From approximately 7 to 7:30 p.m. the PCCRVC board members will have an opportunity to ask questions of Pavilion Partners and will engage in a discussion and deliberation on the project.

The PCCRVC wished to make this clear in its statement Monday: “Those participating in the meeting are encouraged to be respectful of all in attendance. Personal attacks, heckling and/or rude conduct will not be tolerated and may result in removal of an individual from the meeting and/or cancellation of the session.

“DNR will not be a participant in the meeting. Questions and comments need to focus on facts and circumstances directly related to the project. Implementation of those procedural guidelines will insure an informative and productive meeting.”

Board meeting

Prior to the Pavilion Partners discussion, the PCCRVC board will meet at 4 p.m. at the Memorial Opera House for its regular monthly public meeting.

The meeting shall consist of reports from board president Mitch Peters, attorney David Hollenbeck and treasurer Richard Riley.

The public is encouraged to attend.



Posted 7/14/2015




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