The Porter County
Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of five new county vehicles at
its meeting Tuesday morning.
Director Mike Brickner reported that the Emergency Management Agency
received quotes from local dealerships for three Ford Explorers and one Ford
Expedition to replace three interceptor vehicles and one hazmat vehicle that
are in poor condition.
Currie Ford gave
the lowest quotes: $26,125.46 for each Explorer and $41,056.92 for the
Expedition. The Commissioners unanimously approved the purchase.
Department also requested approval to purchase a 35-ton low boy trailer to
replace one that was recently damaged. The Commissioners approved the
purchase for the lowest quote from West Side Tractor for $45,600.
From the Plan
In other business,
the Commissioners approved on second reading two requests for rezones as
well as a safety ordinance proposed by the Plan Commission:
* Approved: the
rezone to institutional from rural residential of the Islamic Church Center
1606N 500E in Pine Township.
* Approved: the
rezone to moderate intensity commercial from general industrial of the north
portion of property owned by Old Town Suites LLC Westgate Ponds.
* Approved: an
ordinance requiring the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in all new
residential construction. The ordinance does not apply to existing homes or
add-ons to existing homes.
Department of Development and Storm Water Management received approval to go
out to bid on rehabilitation of a bridge on Clem Road over Willow Creek in
Portage. Bids will be opened at its next meeting.
amendment to the Rainy Day Fund would designate $446,000 for new election
equipment to be purchased next year. The purpose of the amendment is to
earmark money from the General Fund for a specific expense and keep it from
reverting back to the General Fund at the start of the new year. The
Commissioners performed a first reading with a second reading expected at
their Dec. 12 meeting. No members of the public spoke for or against the
A representative of
Gariup Construction reported that renovation to the County Administration
Building and plaza is starting to take shape and is ahead of schedule. The
front entrance is expected to be open again in January.