The Porter Town Council could vote to disband the town’s Park Board when it
meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the town hall.
Sept. 24 the council voted to have an ordinance prepared for consideration
that would reorganize the Park Department with a park director in charge of
operations who would coordinate with a council liaison and be answerable to
the Town Council instead of an independent Park Board.
A citizen advisory board also could be created to develop suggestions and
goals for town parks.
At the Sept. 24 Town Council meeting vote was 4-1 to have the dissolution
ordinance drafted; member Greg Stinson, husband of current Park Board
president Rondi Wightman, voted no saying while streamlining the Park
Department to save money sounds good, he’s not convinced it outweighs the
other risks involved.
Current and former Park Board members have questioned the wisdom of dumping
the board, especially without a firm transition plan or fact finding study
With Porter’s municipal budget facing challenges in 2014 and beyond, council
president Elka Nelson said park reorganization will help consolidate town
resources and manpower to save money. Councilman Rob Pomeroy said the Park
Department has had cash flow problems for years that won’t go away until
expenses are less than revenue.
The council could opt not to take action on the dissolution ordinance
Tuesday, to adopt it on first reading only or to suspend the rules and have
final adoption in one night.
Other agenda items are a new ordinance amending town voting districts,
adoption of the proposed 2014 budget, a resolution approving employee
incentives related to health-insurance coverage, and more discussion
regarding meter size and back assessments incurred by some customers for
Department heads will report and the public can comment on other matters as
the meeting begins.