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Park center funding and tourism board appointments on Commissioners agenda

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Porter County Parks Superintendent Walter Lenckos is on the County Commissioners’ Tuesday meeting agenda to request $1.5 million in hospital interest money for the construction of the Raise the Barn education center at Sunset Hill Farm.

The Parks and Recreation Board voted 4-0 this past month to authorize Lenckos to ask for the amount after he indicated officials of both the Commissioner and the County Council had voiced their support for the project as it will move the parks’ offices and the Recycling and Waste Reduction offices out of the County Administration Building. Both boards have been on the lookout for ways to free up more space in the overcrowded County building.

Use of the hospital interest money requires majority votes from both the Commissioners and the Council.

The parks department will also make a request to purchase signs that can alert 911 communicators using GPS to approximate a location of a caller when they are in outdoor parks.

Also, the Commissioners will make an amendment to the County’s resolution creating a Convention, Recreation and Visitor’s Commission. At the April 2 Commissioners meeting, President John Evans, R-North, announced the intention of adding two more members to the PCCRVC board who would bring more focus to the promotion of amateur sports in Porter County.

After, the board will name the two appointments. Applications were taken for ten days after the April 2 meeting.

In other business, the Commissioners will give a second reading for an ordinance that will prohibit protests within 300 feet of a funeral one hour before or after the service. The commissioners approved the ordinance on a first reading by 3-0 vote.

The Commissioners will also hear requests from department heads.

Republican Voters Registration Director Sundae Schoon will ask that a temporary polling location be changed for the school referendums in Union Twp. and Boone Twp.

Highway Superintendent Al Hoagland will ask the board to receive and open bids for liquid bituminous purchase.

ITS Director Sharon Lippens will present a software support renewal contract and bids for fiber optic cables.

E911 Communications Director John Jokantas will give awards to a few members of his staff in honor of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.

The Plan Commission will also ask the Commissioners to approve a fair housing resolution that will allow the County to be eligible to receive grant money from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

The Commissioners will meet in 1 p.m. in Suite 205 of the County Administration Building.



Posted 4/15/2013