The Porter Public
Works Department is set to acquire a 2016 Freightliner plow truck for
$149,500 with the approval by the Town Council on Tuesday.
Director Brenda Brueckheimer said the truck had been used as a demo truck
but has never been titled or used. The price is a savings of about $30,000
to the Town, she said.
A new truck for the
department was sought last year but due to issues with the bids received, a
purchase was never approved by the Council.
The Council voted
4-0 in favor of a motion by member Bill Lopez to approve the purchase on the
condition that the money will be available in the Town’s Rainy Day fund. The
Council will have a public hearing for the appropriation of $150,000 at its
June 27 meeting followed by a vote. Absent from the meeting was Council
member Ross LeBleu.
Greg Stinson said that because of the “substantial” amount of money saved
with the documentation to prove it, the state would allow the purchase
without the Town having to look for bids.
applauded the Council taking action, adding that the truck “fits the needs”
of her department. “I appreciate it and so does the staff and the town,” she
Road paving bids
Commissioner and Director of Development Michael Barry said bids were opened
for the road work to be done with the match of the state’s Community
Crossings grant earlier on Tuesday and all three received were at least
$500,000 more than what they Town can allocate for the projects.
By ordinance, the
Council appropriated $802,130 for the Local Road and Bridge Grant this year
following a public hearing.
The lowest bidder
was Town and Country Construction at $1,320,278 while the highest bid came
from the company that performed the paving projects last year, Walsh &
Kelly, at $1.601,980. That’s almost double than what the company bid last
July, Barry said.
The second bid
received was from Reith Riley Construction at $1,504,683.
Barry said he put
in a call to the Indiana Department of Transportation to see how the
projects can be adjusted to meet the bids which would likely mean
negotiation with the contractor.
“We’ve got some
work to do but we should have this straightened out before our next
meeting,” Barry told the Council.
Also, the Council
okayed the purchase of a Kubota Z726 zero-turn radius mower requested by the
Parks Department, for $10,400. Director Brian Bugajski said he received
quotes, with Riggs Outdoor Power Equipment being the lowest. The funds are
available due to savings from a recent change in staff, he said.
In other Parks
news, a free fishing derby for children ages 6-12 will be Wednesday, June 21
at Indian Springs Park, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., which includes a free hot
dog lunch, Bugajski said.
Spots are still
available, Bugajski said, and registration can be done by contacting the
The Council agreed
to waive the fee to use the Community Center in Hawthorne Park for the
Duneland Seniors Group to host its sixth annual health fair on Wednesday,
Aug. 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Assistant Fire Chief Jay Craig thanked each other for assistance in putting
on last Saturday’s Safety Fest in Hawthorne Park.
Hot dog sales from
the event generated $425 for Riley’s Children Hospital.
Air pack donation
approved another ordinance to donate surplus air packs and other equipment
to the New Chicago Fire Department -- 26 air pack harnesses, 48 masks and
five carbon fiber air tanks.
“Since we got the
federal grant last year, we upgraded and updated all our equipment, and now
we have various tanks and mask sitting there. We can’t use it so why not
give to someone who can?” Stinson said.
Also, the Council
voted 4-0 in favor of a change to the 2017 Town Employee Salary Ordinance in
a first reading and again on second reading after waiving the rules.
The amendment would
delete the compensation for an MS4 Coordinator which is needed, Stinson
said, because the Stormwater Management Board hired an outside consultant to
take over those responsibilities.
Stinson asked to
waive the rules for second reading because the board has already signed the
In comments from
the floor, resident Jennifer Klug inquired why copies of ordinances to be
considered are no longer being put out before the meeting.
Stinson said they
have been available to view at Town Hall but starting with Tuesday’s
meeting, the ordinances are only available on the Town’s website in a PDF
file with the Council’s agenda. He said they have stopped making copies
before the meeting because Clerk-Treasurer Carol Pomeroy would typically
throw out the copies she made at the end of the meeting because no one would
Klug said she
appreciates that Pomeroy is now including the ordinances online with the
“That’s a good
thing to have because a lot of people do look them up on the internet and
even on their phones,” she said.