Memorial Day is
often recognized as the start of summer and it certainly seemed that way at
Tuesday’s Porter Town Council meeting.
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.
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
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.
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.
for our residents makes sense. These events benefit the town in many ways,”
Council member Elka
Nelson also voiced her support for the increase as “something to do for our
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.
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.
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,”
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
“It’s sad to say
that’s going on. We spent a whole day cleaning up after that last incident,”
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.