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Porter Council 5-0 to back 4th of July Family Fest

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Memorial Day is often recognized as the start of summer and it certainly seemed that way at Tuesday’s Porter Town Council meeting.

Director of Development Michael Barry reminded residents to keep their lawns trimmed or face fines and Town Clerk-Treasurer Carol Pomeroy emphasized once more that residents should wait to fill their swimming pools until June 16 when the town’s sprinkler credit goes into effect.

“You will pay dearly if you don’t,” Pomeroy said. Those who end up filling their pools without the credit could end up having to pay hundreds of dollars depending on how large the pool, she said last month.

Barry also mentioned that with summer, many residents will be adding on to their homes or property. They should keep in mind any construction project of more than $500 typically requires a building permit from the Town, he said.

On another note, Public Works Director Brenda Brueckheimer asked residents to remember that the Town does not take grass clippings. Able/Republic trash haulers will take up to six bags of clippings as long as they do not weigh more than 50 pounds.

4th of July Fest gets extra lift

During the business portion of the meeting, the Council voted unanimously to give $1,000 of its CEDIT money to the Duneland Business Initiative Group which will again be hosting the Family 4th of July Fest at Hawthorne Park which falls on July 4 this year. That’s twice as much as what was approved last year.

Council President Greg Stinson said the Council has cut back on other requests such as authorizing $2,000 for the Duneland Chamber’s fireworks show on the Dunes lakeshore instead of $3,000 like last year. However, he sees the Dune BIG event as different since it has more of a direct effect on the town itself.

“Supporting events for our residents makes sense. These events benefit the town in many ways,” Stinson said.

Council member Elka Nelson also voiced her support for the increase as “something to do for our town.”

In other Hawthorne Park related items, Parks Director Brian Bugajski said that there will be a free outdoor movie and concert in the park on Friday, June 12. The Valparaiso University Community Band will play at the park’s east shelter starting at 7 p.m. followed by a showing of “Planes: Fire and Rescue” provided through a partnership with the Westchester Public Library.

Earlier that day is the park’s annual Summer Safety Fest at 5:30 to 8 p.m. which will include pre--sentations for all ages.

Bugajski also mentioned that Kids Summer Park Program begins on June 8 and runs through July 17 which is free for kids ages 6-11. The program will run each weekday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Bugajski also received complements from the Council for Monday’s Memorial Day Commemoration in Hawthrone Park.

“It’s one of the best I’ve been to. I appreciate all of those who served the community,” Stinson said.

Vandalism reported

Bringing up a more concerning matter, Bugajski said that vandals had damaged a section of the fence near the basketball court and had to be removed.

He asked that if any resident sees any vandalism or dumping to please contact the authorities.

“It’s sad to say that’s going on. We spent a whole day cleaning up after that last incident,” he said.

Bypass connection project complete

Also on Tuesday, Stinson announced work is complete on the pump station U.S. 20 bypass connection project. The Council agreed 5-0 to release the final 10 percent to the contractor, $13,864 and to start the warranty.



Posted 5/27/2015