consultant Matt Reardon appeared on behalf of the Porter Redevelopment
Commission at the Porter Town Council meeting Tuesday to present a
resolution for the TIF Wabash Avenue Redevelopment Area at Porter Beach.
Reardon said the
Redevelopment Commission is proposing to designate a TIF, or tax increment
financing, district in Porter that would capture revenue from all commercial
property along Wabash Avenue to Waverly Road.
that the district would only capture revenue from commercial property, such
as the old Johnson Beach Inn, and would exclude all residential property.
Reardon said the
area presents challenges to development as it is surrounded by residences,
Lake Michigan, and the National Lakeshore. “The Redevelopment Commission
thought a direct and concerted effort to develop that area was appropriate,”
A zoning map on the
Porter town website shows only a small commercial zone around the beachfront
approved the resolution. Next, the Redevelopment Commission will hold a
public hearing on the matter at its June 26 meeting.
financing is a levy on real property in an established district that yields
an annual flow of cash the Town can use for public works in that district at
its discretion. Revenue from TIF is the difference between property taxes
collected based on the assessed value of property in the district from a
given base year and the total amount of taxes collected from the district in
the current year. TIF revenue does not need to be shared with other entities
such as the schools, the County, or the library.
Commissioner Michael Barry reported that community crossing paving projects
in Porter will begin on July 1 or shortly after. The projects will start
with Oak Hill Road to U.S. 12 going west. Barry reports he is in the process
of updating the Town’s asset management plan, which includes an inventory of
roads based on condition. The plan will help the Town determine which roads
are in the worst condition and should be paved next year.
Barry also reported
that the Porter beach drainage project will begin this week on Dudley Drive,
Market Street and Glacier Trail. Improved curbing and drainage structures
will be put in. His last announcement was that two culverts will be replaced
on Oak Hill Road between Mineral Springs and Wagner Road. That work is
likely to start next week and will close the road in that direction as each
culvert is replaced. Barry said a notification will be made public once he
has dates for the closures.
Brian Bugajski began by thanking the Porter Police and Fire Departments and
Porter resident Eric Ailes for helping with the annual safety fest.
parents to register their children for the free kid’s fishing derby June 20
at Indian Springs Park. The derby is open to kids age six to 12 and includes
a free hot dog lunch. Call (219)983-1042 to register.
The Council held a
revote on the long-range improvement plan for Porter parks. Council
President Erik Wagner explained that at the last meeting, “We voted on a
plan that didn’t technically exist yet.”
At the last meeting
of the Town Council, Bugajski gave the Council two versions of the plan--one
that included plans for a dog park and one that didn’t--after
residents of Porter Cove expressed disapproval for the dog park’s proposed
potential location at Kid’s Cove Park and at the idea of a dog park as a
In response, the
Council asked Bugajski to write a new version of the plan that included the
guidelines for building a dog park but did not specify a location for it.
The Council had to revote after viewing the new version of the plan, which
outlines proposed improvements and provides descriptions, estimated costs,
and potential sources of funding for 52 projects at six parks that would
have a total known cost of $420,000. Bugajski said the plan is a framework
for the next 20 to 40 years--not a commitment to any projects--and the
funding sources suggested are only ideas. The Council approved it
Fire Chief Jay
Craig began by thanking Pure Air, which is closing up shop at Bailly Station
Road and has been donating items from the facility to the Porter Fire
Craig said they’ve
donated office equipment, computer monitors, 38 fire extinguishers, a
supplied air confined space pump, and some rope rescue equipment. “I just
wanted to thank them publicly for their generous donations,” Craig said. He
also thanked Public Works Supervisor Brenda Brueckheimer for helping
facilitate yearly maintenance on the Fire Department’s vehicles.
Craig made a
reminder that anyone wishing to become a Porter volunteer firefighter should
submit an application soon for the summer academy. Stop by the Department at
550 W. Beam Street or call (219) 926-1226 for information.