The Porter County
Park Board heard updates on progress on the design of the new grain bin
education center at its meeting Thursday night.
Tony Peuquet and
Laura Small of Chester, Inc came before the Board to present the final
drawings for the grain bin education center at Sunset Hill Farm Park. Their
drawings featured the round, silo-style design of the grain bin with a
kitchenette, storage area, and mezzanine for ductwork and a small mechanical
room inside. The grain bin portion of the structure will have an entrance by
glass double doors from the northwest. It will have a 50-foot radius for
about 1,900 square feet of space and a corridor leading to another structure
that construction could start as soon as mid-August if the County
Development Review Committee grants its approval. Peuquet and Small are
hoping to turn in their application for review as soon as possible and be on
the agenda at the next Development Review meeting.
In light of the
progress, the Board approved Board President Craig Kenworthy to sign the
contract approving the second phase of the design process.
The Board discussed
the Northwest Indiana Croquet Association’s request for a long-term lease on
land at Sunset Hill. Board member David Canright reported that a meeting of
the land acquisition and development committee concluded that the four
proposed croquet courts would be better placed side by side rather than in a
square, and he motioned to approve that change.
Superintendent Walter Lenckos also reported that Matt Brown, maintenance
supervisor for Porter County Parks, raised some questions about the group’s
plans, such as concerns about drainage into the pond, potential use of the
nearby farmhouse as a clubhouse, and pest management.
representing the group, responded that the group is willing to pay to make
the farmhouse habitable as a clubhouse and addressed concerns that the use
of land for croquet would be a private use of public land. He noted that the
group has applied for 501c3 non-profit status and said “Our goal is
inclusively not exclusivity.”
“As soon as we get
the greenlight from the IRS we will be making rapid progress,” he added.
The Board opted to
table Canright’s motion