Porter County Board
of Commissioners President Jeff Good, R-Center, provided an update on the
Redevelopment Commission at the Commissioners’ meeting Tuesday morning.
Commission has new members who’ve been brought up to speed on current
issues, Good said, and the commission is now hoping to establish a presence
in South Haven in part by decommissioning the old sheriff station on C.R.
700N to construct a substation for the Highway and Development and Storm
Water Management Departments. The commission is also examining ambulance
dispatch locations and considering ways to improve deployment.
Good said there’s a
lot of work to do in South Haven, as it’s the largest unincorporated urban
area in the state. “It’s a very dense area,” referring specifically to snow
management and drainage issues.
Commission projects in South Haven, Portage Township ,and the Twin Creeks
area will be funded by a $20 million bond approved in August.
Commission meetings will be televised and recorded for the public going
forward, the Commissioners noted.
hydrogeologist and engineering consultant for Valparaiso Utilities,
presented a proposal to install a wellhead protection system in Valparaiso’s
wellfield. In 2016 the city invested in a new wellfield southeast of the
city, north of U.S. Highway 30, and five monitoring wells have been proposed
to enable water quality testing and monitoring on the property that will
provide early warning in case of contamination.
The proposed wells
will be level with the ground with locking caps and will be no larger than
2’ by 2’. Locations for the wells have been staked and are clear of
utilities. The Commissioners voted unanimously to approve their
Reynolds came before the Commission to discuss two expenses. The 65 members
of the Porter County Sheriff’s Department will soon undergo state-mandated
Taser training, with each member firing two cartridges. Reynolds proposed
that the county enter a three-year agreement with Axon Enterprises to temper
the cost of supplies for the training.
requested permission to use auction funds to replace two vehicles that were
totaled this year. One was totaled in an at-fault accident where an officer
rear-ended a vehicle that stopped unexpectedly. The other was damaged by a
falling tree. Reynolds said that at-fault accidents involving officers are
rare, and an accident review board examines every accident a member of the
department is involved in while on duty.
approved Reynolds’ requests unanimously.
* Health Department
Office Manager Nancy Mathena’s request to sponsor an Angel Tree from the
Salvation Army was approved. 2017 marks the fifth year the Porter County
Health Department has sponsored an Angel Tree.
* Porter County
Animal Shelter Director Toni Bianchi received approval to accept quotes for
concrete work on the shelter’s two dog runs and the cost of new surgical
equipment. She anticipates the equipment will be purchased and concrete work
finished on or before the first of the year.
* Use of the
courthouse grounds for Holly Days, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday Dec. 1, was approved.