The Porter County
Council meets Tuesday with a possible bond issue for capital projects a
highlight of the agenda.
The meeting will be
at 5:30 p.m. in Room 205 of the County Administration Building, 155 Indiana
Ave., in Valparaiso.
In June, the Porter
County Commissioners presented their capital projects plan to the Council
for major projects -- building purchases, renovations and bridges repairs --
totaling about $30 million. They said one possible way to bond is against
the earnings from the investment of the Porter Memorial County Hospital sale
The Council will
also hear the Commissioners request to bond for the stormwater management
board’s effort to relieve drainage problems in South Haven and the Salt
Creek Commons area. Commissioner President Jeff Good said last week that the
bond sought would be for $20 million with $17 million for the South Haven
project and $3 million for other projects throughout the County.
Also on the agenda
are discussions for a penalty wavier policy for County employees, led by
County Auditor Vicki Urbanik, and a request by the Election Board to solicit
proposals to replace older election equipment.
In requests for
budget transfers and additional appropriations by County departments, the
Commissioners will request $16,250 from the hospital interest fund to pay
for the next quarter of service by Capital Cities LLC, the investment
advisor for the Porter County Government Nonprofit Charitable Foundation.
The County IT
Department will request an additional of $40,000 for the agreement with
Right Stuff Software to implement a time and attendance system for County
employees. Another $9,000 will be requested for maintenance agreements.
The Animal Shelter
requests $8,000 from its donations fund to cover the cost of a new website
for the Shelter.
Treasurer’s Office requests an additional of $31,931 in its tax sale fees
fund to pay fees from last year’s tax sale.
Surveyor’s Office requests $2,500 from its perpetuation fund to replace
monument boxes and an additional of $1,500 to upgrade and replace technical
The Memorial Opera
House will request to use $70,000 from a grant fund to provide assessment
and compilation of a project manual for various rehab projects and about
$8,000 from another grant fund to buy new box office equipment.
The County Parks
and Recreation Department will request $5,000 from a grant fund to pay for
native plant installation, invasive plant removal and educational sign
installation. Next, it will request to use $10,000 of grant money for the
natural playground installation at Sunset Hill Farm County Park and an
additional of $10,038 in improvements for the playground, trails and
The Council will
also vote on giving County employees their first pay out of longevity for
the year with $204,422 from the Riverboat proceeds from the state.