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County Council meets Tuesday; Raise the Barn back on agenda

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For a third time, the Porter County Council will consider a request of $1.5 million in hospital interest funds for the Raise the Barn construction project at Sunset Hill Farm County Park.

The Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday inside Room 205 of the Porter County Administration Center located at 155 Indiana Ave. in Valparaiso.

The request had been supported by the Board of County Commissioners earlier in April and still needs a majority vote from the Council in order to move forward.

Last month, the Council voted to table the matter 7-0 after members said more planning needs to be done with the $11 million in interest earned off the sale of Porter Memorial Hospital. Parks Superintendent Walter Lenckos was asked to bring to the Council a plan of how the money will be used.

Also tabled from last meeting, the Council will look a third time at a request from the Information Technology Department on hiring a new server administrator needed to handle the workload. The board voted 5-2 last month to table as some members wanted to first hear from the auditorís office how much revenue is going to be coming into the Countyís General Fund from the spring tax levy draws.

In another matter from the May 28 meeting, the Council will take a vote on whether to use $171,000 from the county economic development income tax funds for the spring payout of county employee longevity pay. Traditionally he Council has approved the money from the Countyís casino revenue funds that are distributed by the state. However, Council president Bob Poparad, D-At Large, said the casino revenues collected this year came in lower and the Commissioners have offered CEDIT funds to make up for the difference.

Also from the parks department, a request will be made to use $17,000 from its capital fund for the acquisition of a new utility vehicle.

In other business, the Health Department is requesting a transfer of $10,000 from hourly to other equipment to cover costs of two new model blood chemistry analyzer machines.

The IT department will request a transfer of $75,597 in the Cable Franchise fund from Drainage to Contractual to cover a contract with Civic Plus for design of the new County website ready to launch next month.

The Council will also name an appointment to the Porter County Public Library board and review a compliance agreement with a statement of benefits with Family Express Corporation.



Posted 6/24/2013