With Lake Michigan and a distant Chicago skyline as a backdrop, the Porter
County Council held their monthly meeting last week in an unusual location,
Portage Lakefront Park.
According to Michelle Lesniewski, Porter County Council Administrative
Assistant, there was no specific reason for taking the meeting on the road.
The next few meetings will also take place outside of the councilís normal
meeting spot, the County Administration Center. On June 28 the council will
meet at Chesterton Town Hall, on July 26 they will meet at the Memorial
Opera House, and on August 30 the meeting will be help at Hebron Community
Center. All meetings will be open to the public.
With all seven members in attendance, the group voted on a few of the
pricier issues on the agenda. A seven to zero vote secured a full-time
Facility Services Assistant position in the commissioners office.
The appropriation of $50,000 to cover insurance costs in the commissioners
office through 2011 also passed unanimously.
The Highway Department was given the $240,000 they were asking to repair and
maintain three bridges that are starting to deteriorate.
Seven members of the Portage Township Assessors office were seeking pay
increases which were not granted. Council members acknowledged their hard
work but were concerned that if they gave the raises they would see
different members of county government looking for more money at future
The council asked the Assessors office workers to come back during the
annual budget meeting and emphasized that the problem would be given its due
attention at that time.