The Porter County
Council will meet Tuesday for what is expected to be its last meeting of the
year, combining both November and December meetings.
The regular meeting
starts at 5:30 p.m. where the Council will consider a list of mainly budget
Requests include a
$150,000 transfer in the Commissioners budget from Gas and Fuel to Longevity
and $15,000 from Postage to Longevity for the second half of County
employees’ longevity pay.
also wish to transfer a total of $53,000 to pay for telephone and internet
services. Other transfer requests include $9,000 from hourly pay to
contractual services to pay for the Museum United Way program, $80,000 from
postage to contractual services to pay the rest of the Jail Security Program
upgrades this year and $5,000 from salaries to contractual services for
In county economic
development income tax (CEDIT) funds requests for items previously depleted,
the Commissioners request a transfer of $135,000 for jail medical services,
$60,000 for water lines and $40,000 to power lines.
will also request $40,000 in CCD fund transfers for sewage and electric. A
request to transfer $2,000 in the maintenance budget will be made for
The Memorial Opera
House requests $2,500 from other services to groceries to reimburse food
Registration Office wishes to transfer $24,984 from overtime to hourly to
pay part-time workers in the most recent election.
In the Election
Board general fund, the board requests to appropriate $50,000 to pay
Electronic Software and Systems invoices. It also would like to transfer
$12,554 to pay part-workers who helped in the election.
The County Veteran
Services requests a transfer of $700 of a donation given to help homeless
veterans at New Creation.
Department requests a transfer of $4,500 from bituminous to vehicle repairs.
Department requests a transfer of $12,000 from medical and dental to
salaries to cover an appropriation made in October 2015 and a transfer of
$1,000 to cover staff expenses for educational seminars.
Department requests $46,172 in additionals to the General Fund to reimburse
overtime pay through September from Specialty services. The department also
requests $3,500 be transferred in the Sheriff’s user fee to cover hourly pay
until the end of the year.
The Porter County
Convention, Recreation and Visitors Commission requests a few additional
appropriations in its collected Innkeeper’s Tax funds. The requests are
$20,000 for asphalt seal coating and crack sealing done at the Visitor
Center parking lot, $10,000 to new bike signs and posts for bike route
maintenance, $2,500 for QuickBook software and $1,000 for under billing by
The County Clerk’s
Office requests an additional of $1,304 in its ARRA Incentive Funds to
purchase new scanning equipment.
The IT Office
requests a transfer of $1,250 from salaries to hourly to cover payroll for
There are a few
requests on the agenda for appropriations in grant funds. The Porter County
Substance Abuse wishes to appropriate $190,000 in grant funding from a Drug
Free Community Grant. The County Parks and Recreation wishes to use $16,500
in grant money from the National Association of Realtors for the development
and delivery of a new master plan and the Kankakee Valley Historical Society
would like to appropriate $15,000 from a Indiana Office of Community and
Rural Affairs grant for a preservation plan of the historic Collier Lodge.
In other requests,
the County Auditor would like to make a change in salaries for two deputies.
The Auditor proposes to reduce her property tax deputy’s salary from $39,000
to $38,000 and increase her budget and finance director’s salary from
$38,000 to $39,000.
At the end of the
regular meeting, the Council will vote on the 2017 employee salary ordnance
which includes six new positions in the General Fund, special raises and
across the board raises of $1,500.
The Council will
meet at 5 p.m. prior to its regular meeting for a Porter County Government
Nonprofit Charitable Foundation Board of Trustees meeting with the three
board meets quarterly to examine the $140 million investment of the County
Hospital sale principal. A presentation will be made by investment advisor
Capital Cities who in September reported that the investments were doing
better than expected, with an interest rate reaching nearly four percent
interest after six months.
Both meetings will
be held in Room 205 of the County Administration Building, 155 Indiana Ave.