The Porter Town
Council gave first reading to an ordinance that would increase the tax rate
for the cumulative capital development fund, which president Greg Stinson
said is used for infrastructure improvements and capital purchases like
During a public
hearing Tuesday, no one commented. A final vote on adoption is slated for
The current rate is
just under $0.03. The proposed rate would not exceed $0.05 on each $100 of
assessed valuation. The new rate would be levied beginning with taxes for
2014 payable in 2015. State approval is needed before any increase can take
Stinson said the
townís financial advisor recommended increasing the CCD rate, which used to
be higher than $0.03 cents but was reduced in previous years.
he wonít be present for the June 10 meeting and will miss the two meetings
after that because he will be teaching in China.
In other business
the council voted 4-0 with member Elka Nelson absent to spend $19,660 from
the sewer utilility fund to upgrade a back-up generator for the Triangle
Trail lift station. The generator previously was used at the former Porter
Avenue lift station, where a new one has been built.
Hicks of Global Engineering and Land Surveying updated the council on the
status of an approximately $245,000 upgrade of the Triangle station located
at the east end of Triangle Trail. Contractor Woodruff & Sons began
construction May 19 and the work will necessitate periodic road closures in
The project is
jointly funded by both the Town Council and the Porter Redevelopment
Town Public Works
superintendent Brenda Brueckheimer said the Indiana Department of
Transportation plans to replace several bridge decks on Interstate 80/94 in
the area; she predicted traffic will be heavy and back-ups are likely to
occur so traffic diverted locally onto U.S. 20 could be a nightmare.
said no brush/leaf pick-up will take place the last two weeks of June and
the first two weeks of July because other projects need to be undertaken.
She thanked volunteers who participated in a recent Porter Beach clean-up
day when 175 pounds of trash were collected.
Police chief James
Spanier said the Chesterton and Porter police departments were scheduled to
merge their radio dispatch operations today at the Porter police station.
Spanier anticipated the transition to be seamless and said itís been long
director Brian Bugajski said the Park Departmentís summer activity program
for children ages 6 through 11 begins June 9 at Hawthorne Park. Hours are 9
a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Parents must register the child their
first day of attendance.
the public of a free concert at Hawthorne June 11 at 7 p.m. sponsored by
Westchester Public Library.
The director also
thanked everyone who participated in Porterís Memorial Day observance at
Hawthorne, and he said work has begun on the Tilden Family memorial garden