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Town of Porter awards 2018 paving contract to RiethRiley Construction

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The Porter Town Council awarded its contract for 2018 Community Crossing paving projects at its meeting Tuesday night.

Building Commissioner Michael Barry reported that Rieth-Riley Construction came in with the lowest bid for the 2018 paving projects at $543,615.50. After help from the Community Crossing grant funds, the Town’s contribution is $135,903.88.

Police Department

Police Chief Jamie Spanier sought the Council’s approval to purchase encryption software to secure the Internet traffic coming into and originating from the Police Department. Spanier said the move brings Porter into compliance with federal standards, but also saves some money because they can share one of the components with Portage. The Council approved the request for $5,825.28.

Spanier also received approval to purchase two trucks and a Dodge Durango from Connors Dodge. Spanier solicited quotes from three dealers, but said Connors offered the best trade in value and price on the vehicles themselves. The Department had allotted $120,000 for the three new vehicles and came in under budget at $99,092.05.

Park Department

Park Director Brian M. Bugajski reported that Porter was awarded 21 trees from the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission’s spring planting program. The trees will go up around the Town Hall, Police Department, Fire Station, and at Hawthorne Park. “They’re good looking trees, all native species,” he said.

Bugajski also made a reminder of the Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24. The Easter bunny will be there, and more than 5,000 eggs will be up for grabs. There will be a designated search area for children with special needs. Parents of special needs participants are encouraged to contact the Park Department at (219) 983-1042 to discuss their child’s accommodations.

Other Business

Public Works Supervisor Brenda Brueckheimer said her department will host a roadway cleanup from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday April 14. Anyone wishing to volunteer to help can call Public Works at (219) 926-4212.

Barry presented quotes for a new vehicle to replace his Dodge Charger with a 2018 Jeep Renegade. Grieger’s Motors came in with the low quote of $14,413 with trade in value. The Council approved the purchase.



Posted 3/15/2018




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