Residents of the
Town of Porter’s north side including Porter Beach will be under a boil
order after a 4-inch water main broke near Waverly Road and Burwell Drive.
superintendent Brenda Brueckheimer said a reverse 911 message has been sent
to residents in the area north of Burwell on the east and west sides of
Waverly from approximately Wagner Road to Indiana 49.
Water Co. was scheduled to shut off water in that area today to repair the
line, and a boil order would be in effect for 24 hours after the anticipated
4 p.m. completion of the repair. Road closures during the work also were
The extremely cold
temperatures have led to other main breaks, Brueckheimer told the Town
Council on Tuesday, and Indiana American suggests residents keep their
faucets on a slow drip during the latest sub-zero spell.
asked residents not to leave pets outdoors, and she said indications are an
8 to 12-inch snow event may occur this weekend. The town’s still waiting for
100 tons of additional road salt, and 13 tons of cold patch has been put in
potholes because roads are heaving. She thanked Park Department employees
for helping shovel out storm drains.
Also Tuesday, town
attorney Gregg Sobkowski presented and the council unanimously approved an
agreement with Orchard Apartments that it pay $60,000 in back-billed town
sewer charges in two equal installments within six months. The original
amount owed was $84,346. Several Porter customers were hit with large
retroactive bills in 2013 after it was learned bills sent in the previous
years were incorrect.
comment Hunters Glen resident Bruce Chelf said he and his neighbors do not
want the next phase of the Orchard Pedestrian Way to pass on the west side
of Waverly Road abutting a planted berm and their homes.
Greg Stinson said it’s the Redevelopment Commission that has jurisdiction
over the hike/bike trail, but he is also an RDC member and Chelf’s concerns
will be relayed. Stinson noted the pedway extension to the north is in the
discussion stage only and no final route has been chosen.
Last year Stinson
had his long, curly hair shaved off for a St. Baldrick’s charity fundraiser
to benefit cancer patients; this year he challenged other town officials to
join him in April. Park director Brian Bugajski said he’ll go bald, and
Brueckheimer said she and several of her employees are considering joining
In other business,
police chief James Spanier said planned consolidation of the Porter and
Chesterton radio dispatch centers is progressing, and Spanier was authorized
to seek quotes to purchase police vehicles next month.
The council voted
5-0 pending completion of paperwork to grant an assembly permit for the
Cause 2 Compete road race in Porter on March 29.
approved was a resolution authorizing use of credit cards by Porter officers
and employees, as well as a revised rental agreement for a single-date event
at the Hawthorne Park community center. Among the changes, Monday through
Thursday rental rates are discounted, and Bugajski has discretion to extend
rental hours if reasonable for a weeknight activity.