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Chesterton council joins Porter in picking Lisa Wodrich for PCCRVC seat

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A second Tri-Town council--the Chesterton Town Council--has nominated the co-owner of Third Coast Spice Cafe and the Lemon Tree Mediterranean Grill as Duneland’s appointment to the Porter County Convention, Recreation, and Visitor Commission (PCCRVC).

At their meeting Monday night, members voted unanimously to submit Lisa Wodrich’s name to the Porter County Council, which has the actual appointment.

The Porter Town Council nominated Wodrich in October.

Wodrich was not the Chesterton council’s first choice, however. In September, four months after Judy Chaplin’s passing had left her seat on the PCCRVC vacant, it nominated Roy Krizek, the owner of the Schoolhouse Shop in Furnessville and the first and only person at that time actually to express an interest in the PCCRVC seat.

One month later, the Porter council nominated Wodrich instead, because Krizek is a Pine Township resident, not a Tri-Town resident.

On Monday, the Chesterton council was happy to follow the Porter council’s lead, although members were forced to make a choice between Wodrich and one other person who, they indicated, was perfectly well qualified to sit on the PCCRVC: Andrew Verheaghe of the Red Cup Cafe in the Chesterton Downtown.

“They’re both strong candidates,” said Member Jim Ton, R-1st. “It’s difficult to make a snap decision.”

In the end the council jumped for Wodrich, not only because she has businesses in town and was already nominated by the Porter council, noted President Sharon Darnell, D-4th, but because she submitted her letter of interest in the seat before Verheaghe did his.

Tornado Sirens Down

In other business, Fire Chief John Jarka reported that, on Nov. 3, the Porter County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) announced that all tornado sirens in the county have been taken out of service and will be unable to sound in the event of severe weather for up to 45 days.

The system is being upgraded to allow the PCEMA to check sirens on a daily basis without sounding them.

Re: New Fire Engine

Jarka also reported that early in December he’ll be traveling to the Sutphen Corporation in Dublin, Ohio, for a pre-construction meeting on the CFD’s new engine.

Sutphen won the contract for the engine with a low bid of $462,362.



Posted 11/10/2015




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