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
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.