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Commissioners to consider $20K for high speed rail

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The Porter County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday will decide whether to approve a request for a $20,000 contribution toward a high-speed rail, proposed to run through the county on its way from Chicago to Columbus, Ohio.

The board meets at 1 p.m. in Room 205 of the County Administration Building, 155 Indiana. Ave. in Valparaiso.

Representatives from the Northeast Indiana Passenger Rail Association attended the Commissioners’ meeting last month to ask the board to add to the $50,000 that the City of Valparaiso has allocated for the project. The 300-mile line with trains potentially moving up to 130 miles per hour would include a stop in Valparaiso.

NIPRA is seeking $70,000 from each county the line would move through to come up with a local share for an environmental impact study.

When completed, the line could move between Chicago and Columbus in about four hours using ten cars daily, according to NIPRA representatives. They say it would make the county a more attractive place to live as residents could commute to jobs in Chicago.

Commissioner President John Evans, R-North, asked the request be tabled so that the board might develop a plan to come up with the $20,000.

In other business, the Commissioners will make an appointment to the NWI Shared Ethics Commission.

A first reading will be held on an ordinance establishing a fund depositing the proceeds from the Enbridge Pipeline Grant to Porter County’s Central 911 Communication Center.

Mike Anton of Anton Insurance will discuss an employee assistance program between Porter County Government and Porter-Starke Services.

The Commissioners will also hear requests from various department heads.

Highway Superintendent Al Hoagland will ask to receive and open bids for a loader. He will also continue a discussion about the new salt dome his department is looking to build at the Hebron location.

ITS Director Sharon Lippens will ask the Commissioners to approve the Adams Renco Copier Purchase and Maintenance Agreement. Treasurer Mike Bucko will ask the Commissioners to approve the SRI Tax Sale Support Addendum.

Sheriff David Lain will ask the Commissioners to approve a commissary contract with Stellar Services and a uniform agreement.

There will be no plan commission business following the meeting.


Posted 5/12/2014