The Porter County
Council passed an ordinance at its meeting last night changing the make-up
of the County Park Board.
unanimously voted to pass ordinance 2019-01, which amends the make-up of the
Park Board by naming the Porter County Auditor as an appointing authority
who names one member to the Park Board. It also grants the Board of
Commissioners another appointment to the Board.
suspended its usual rules and conducted both first and seconding reading of
the new ordinance last night to pass it in one meeting. Council President
Dan Whitten, D-At-Large, has said at previous meetings he wanted to make
sure the new appointing authority had plenty of time to find and vet
candidates for the seat before the ordinance takes effect Jan .1
Whitten said he’s
confident Porter County Auditor Vicki Urbanik will find good candidates and
pick the best one.
New law HEA 1018
gave Indiana counties the option to make room for a new appointing authority
and another commissioners’ appointee by eliminating the circuit court
judge’s right to appoint two members.
Per the law, the
Council had until the end of this year to either change the make-up of the
Board or leave it the way it is--currently six members: two appointed by the
Council, one appointed by the Commissioners, one representative of the local
Extension office, and two appointed by Circuit Court Judge Mary Harper. If
the Council hadn’t acted by the end of this year, the option to act would
have bounced to the Commissioners.