Members of the
Porter County Council said on Tuesday that they hope the Porter County
Convention, Recreation and Visitors Commission decides to retract its
decision to move the discussion with Pavilion Partners LLC, on July 16, to
the Memorial Opera House in downtown Valparaiso.
Council member Jim
Biggs, R-1st, said “he would ask” the PCCRVC to reconsider ,as most of the
debate is in the north section of the county. He said there is probably a
school auditorium that would be available.
Council President Dan Whitten, D-at large, and member Sylvia Graham, D-at
Department of Natural Resources hosted public meetings earlier this year at
the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center and at the Chesterton Middle School.
Director Lorelei Weimer on Monday sent an email to the Chesterton Tribune
saying the meeting location would be moved from the Visitor Center to the
Memorial Opera House due to the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning
Commission using the auditorium for a presentation that afternoon.
presentation is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. and will last until 6 p.m. Both
sides will get equal time to speak and PCCRVC will take written questions
from the audience and pose them to Pavilion Partners members.
Graham, who has
spoken publicly against the project, took a moment during Tuesday’s Council
meeting to make her concerns known to her colleagues. She said she wants to
know how waste will be disposed of at the proposed 30,000 square foot
conference center, which would adjoin the historic Dunes Pavilion.
Graham said those
matters have not been answered by Pavilion Partners nor the DNR and warned
that the County might be on the hook since the location is within the
County’s unincorporated limits.
“It’s going to be
thrown in our laps when all is said and done,” she said.
Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission has rescheduled a review of Pavilion
Partners’ petition for a liquor license to its next meeting on Tuesday, July
21, in Indianapolis.
The Porter County
Alcoholic Beverage Commission about two weeks ago voted two in favor and two
against, with one abstention, failing to approve a liquor license for