The Porter County
Board of Commissioners approved the Redevelopment Commission’s South Haven
economic development project at its meeting last week.
Commission plans to establish a presence in South Haven by decommissioning
an old Sheriff’s station on C.R. 700N and replacing it with a Highway
Department substation. That plan--to demolish an existing building on the
property and construct a small office and two vehicle bays--is in accordance
with the Porter County Comprehensive Plan, according to the Plan Commission.
The property is Commissioners-owned and not in a tax increment financing
district. The funding for the project is slated to come from hospital
President Jeff Good, R-Center, said that he’s pleased to see the county
creating a presence in South Haven and that the new substation will make
snow-plowing easier in that area, as plows are currently dispatched out of
Valparaiso. Commissioner Jim Biggs, R-North, noted that South Haven is the
largest unincorporated urban area in Indiana--nearly the size of
Chesterton--which makes snow management difficult. “Snow plowing becomes
more like hand-to-hand combat out there,” Good added.
voted unanimously to adopt the plan.
In other Highway
Department business, Superintendent Andy McKay reported that he’s secured
from the Indiana Department of Transportation reimbursement in the amount of
$62,587, for damages caused when INDOT used C.R. 264W for an official
presented quotes from Korellis Roofing and Tri County Roofing for repairs on
the three salt domes in Porter County. The salt domes are at Highway
Department garages in Hebron, Valparaiso, and Chesterton. Tri County Roofing
was awarded the repairs to the Valparaiso salt dome for $1,856.62, and
Korellis Roofing was awarded the Hebron and Chesterton jobs for $26,047 and
Meanwhile, two more
communities--Beverly Shores and Ogden Dunes--will benefit from matching
funds for the purchase of new 911 radios. Communities that are not eligible
for state funding are receiving 70 percent of the cost of their new radios,
which is $9,073.02 for the Beverly Shores Police Department, $15,178.90 for
Town of Pines Fire Department, $21,481.57 for Ogden Dunes Police Department,
and $77,359.70 for Ogden Dunes Fire Department. The funds will go directly
to Bartronics, which is providing the radios.
Cell Phone Policy
Development and Stormwater Management Director Robert Thompson sought
approval for a new departmental cell phone policy, under which employees of
the department can choose to be provided with a cell phone for business or
use a personal phone.
If a phone is
provided, it can only be used for county business except in the case of an
emergency. No personal apps may be downloaded onto the phone. Employees who
choose to use a personal phone must make their phone number available to all
staff upon request, and they can be reimbursed for the cost of the phone up
to $60 a month. The board approved the policy.