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Cold breaks water main; north Porter to boil water

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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.

Public Works 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.

Indiana American 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 slated.

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.

Brueckheimer also 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.

During public 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.

Council president 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 Stinson’s team.

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.

Unanimously 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.


Posted 2/26/2014