The Porter County
Park Board discussed personnel and heard an update from the Parks Foundation
at its meeting Thursday.
Board member David
Canright reported that he met with Parks Superintendent Walter Lenckos in a
budget committee meeting just prior to the regular meeting and reviewed
Lenckos’ plans to split another full-time position into two-part time
hired two part-time employees-- an event coordinator and a public relations
coordinator--to replace a vacant full-time position at the behest of Porter
County’s Human Resources director. Lenckos reported that he found two highly
qualified people for the jobs, and they have been doing well.
As for Lenckos’
proposal to do a similar split for a vacant program coordinator position,
Canright said, “He did a wage study and found that it makes a lot of sense
to go in this direction, and it probably would be less expensive for the
County if we found the right people.”
Vice-president Rich Hudson recalled that Lenckos has spoken to him about the
proposal as well, and he agrees it sounds sensible. Lenckos said he would
work on producing job descriptions for the two positions.
Porter County Parks
Foundation President Bryan Waisanen announced at the meeting that the Parks
Foundation will be participating in a fundraiser through Amazon.
“We’re excited to
announce we’ve been working with Amazon,” Waisenan said. Waisanen reported
that an Amazon app will be placed on the Foundation’s website and a portion
of the purchases that originate from that app will be donated to the
Foundation. Waisanen said once this is up and running, folks can support the
Foundation just by going to the Foundation’s website first and using that
link when they plan to shop on Amazon.
Lenckos reported he
has been in talks with the Porter County Library about partnering to bring
library activities to the parks. Canright suggested that Lenckos reach out
to the Westchester Public Library system as well.
Lenckos also took a
moment to thank his staff. “Most folks are aware that it was brutal summer
in a lot of respects. We were incredibly busy from all our wellness programs
and summer camps.
“The staff really
stepped up and just did a wonderful job,” he said.