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Todd Martin and Ken Timm vie for GOP nomination

By PAULENE POPARAD

Todd Martin and Ken Timm faced each other in August, 2008 at a Republican caucus of precinct committeemen to fill a Porter Town Council vacancy.

Martin was chosen to serve on the council and has for nearly four years; now Timm’s back putting his case before Porter voters.

Martin wants to retain his Ward 1 seat and cites his knowledge of ongoing Porter projects and initiatives. Timm says listening to the people will be a big factor in making his decisions for the town.

Below are their answers to a Chesterton Tribune questionnaire. The winner of the May 3 primary will face Democrat William Cantrell in November.

TODD MARTIN

Age: 41

Occupation: Marketing manager and truck driver

Years lived in Porter: 3

Why do you seek this office? I desire to take part in molding a future for Porter that favors economic development, growth of families, and an environment that will guarantee prosperity for generations to come. The Town of Porter needs planned growth and secure jobs that will provide stability. The “Gateway” and “Brickyard” Projects will not only drive growth to our region but will also increase tourism revenue. Since development and growth must be balanced, it cannot be solely dependent on tourism and bringing in outside influence. We need growth and development that will bring business and benefits that current and future residents of Porter will benefit from as well.

Why should primary voters elect you instead of your opponent? Since the Town of Porter is currently working on several projects that are very important to the economic growth of the town, I am already involved in these projects. Our current council has worked very well together and has made great strides on several projects such as bonding 5.1 million dollars for several sewer projects that have already started and will continue over the course of the next several months, aggressively working to plan and build the bike trails, and cleaning up the Little Calumet for kayaking. Each of these projects is an effort to develop economic stability and enhance the quality of life for the residents of Porter. To change the leadership now could jeopardize or stall any future advancements on these improvements.

Please list what would guide your decisions as a Porter Town Council member: I believe that all decisions and solutions should be made not only in the interest of today’s generation but more importantly in the interest of future generations. I will be making decisions looking at the short and long-term effects. All goverment officials should govern with the future generations in mind, realizing the burdens or benefits they will impose on their children’s children.

What would be your priorities if elected? We need to continue to move forward with several of our current projects that will capitalize on the visitors that will come to our region as well as positively affect the quality of life for the residents of Porter such as: pressing forward with the Gateway and Brickyard Projects, continuing to address the aging sewer system, aggressively seeking funds to build a new fire station, planning and building the three proposed bike trails, and continuing the clean up efforts of the Little Calumet project, as well as focus on other important projects that will bring “new life” to the Town of Porter.

Do you support Porter’s Gateway to the Indiana Dunes initiative? The Brickyard development? Why or why not? The Gateway project is vital to the economy of Porter. There is a great projection of revenue to be gained from tourism, an opportunity to see a phenomenal leap in job creation, as well as a significant increase in assessed property values. It is imperative that we initiate this project as soon as possible. The Brickyard project is another opportunity that we have to create a minimum of 100 permanent jobs. The revenue brought to our community through this development is great. Also, the convenience of quality elder-care is priceless.

Do you believe Park Department employees should be under the direct jurisdiction and supervision of the Town Council? The Park Department is a direct extension of the Town Council; it is not its own entity. This department is a tool used by the town to have well-maintained parks as well as scheduled activities.

What would make Porter a better place to live/work? The creation of more jobs and the lowering of property taxes will provide Porter with economic stability. The focus on planned growth while preserving the small town atmosphere, and the initiative of providing quality of life amenities for the residents will make Porter a desirable place to live.

KENNETH TIMM

Age: 64

Occupation: President Sleepy Hollow Leather Inc./Sleepy Hollow Lock & Key

Years lived in Porter: My wife Lori and I have lived in Porter 18 years. I have been coming to Porter all of my life and moved our business here 31 years ago.

Why do you seek this office? I have served on the Porter Plan Commission for 7 years and have come to enjoy and understand the concept of public service, and I feel at this time in my life I will bring a fresh perspective to the Porter Town Council.

Why should primary voters elect you instead of your opponent? I am up to date with currrent issues the Town is facing, and will always vote for what is in the best interests of the taxpayers and the Town of Porter.

Please list what would guide your decisions as a Porter Town Council member? Listen to all arguments for and against any issue. Weigh all options. Seek out professional advice when called for and most of all listen to the people of the Town of Porter.

What would be your priorities if elected? Finish the repair or replacement of Porter’s sewer infrastructure, encourage economic development in Porter, push to clean up the Little Calumet River, and encourage the park board to make our town parks even better than they are already.

Do you support Porter’s Gateway to the Indiana Dunes initiative? The Brickyard development? Why or why not? First the Gateway Initiative, yes I do. The Gateway initiative at this point in time to me is a concept; as the town moves forward with the plan I am sure there will be changes small and large made. But I do believe it will be an economic engine for Porter. Recreation and tourism is in the future of Porter but we as a town need to take our time and do it right. The Brickyard development: From what has been brought to the Plan Commission as of this date I have questions but no major problem. I believe it will take a major shift in the economy for the development to take off.

Do you believe Park Department employees should be under the direct jurisdiction and supervision of the Town Council? NO, if it is not broken don’t fix it. The Porter Parks Department is working just fine.

What would make Porter a better place to live/work? Remember, I moved a business to Porter and the area because I think it is a great place to live/work, but there is always room for improvement.

 

 

Posted 4/27/2011

 

 

 

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