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Porter Council gives Bugajski okay to proceed with Hawthorne improvements

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The Porter Town Council has given Park Director Brian Bugajski the greenlight to proceed with a number of improvement projects at Hawthorne Park.

At their meeting Tuesday night, members voted to approve the quotes which Bugajski obtained for the following:

--The replacement of two HVAC units at the Community Building and removal of a furnace no longer in service: Tin Man’s HVAC, $17,000.

--Removal of the old basketball courts, site prep, and laying of four inches of fresh asphalt: Town & Country Construction, $37,000.

--Painting and striping of new basketball courts: Asphalt Restoration Service, $11,500.

Although Bugajski did receive a quote of $9,320 for the purchase and installation of new basketball court furniture--poles, hoops, and backboards--he subsequently determined that the Park Department could do the install in-house and save $5,000 to $6,000.

“It’s a big investment and I really appreciate it,” Bugajski told the council. “It’s going to go a long way.”

Grant Fund Created

In other business, members voted unanimously to approve on second reading an ordinance creating a dedicated fund for the deposit and administration of a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ Lake Michigan Coastal Program.

The grant will be used to design an ADA-compliant walking path between the existing parking area and the southern shoreline of Lake Pratt at Indian Springs Park. That shoreline was cleared of its densely overgrown patches of poison ivy in advance of its inaugural MS4 Kids Fishing Derby in 2015, but there is currently no easy or safe way for park patrons to get to the waters. The walking path will remedy that problem.

Senior Programming

Meanwhile, members voted unanimously to waive the use fee for the Community Building, for a four-part program on healthy living for seniors.

The schedule of the programs has not yet been announced.

The program, according to facilitator Peggy Martin, will feature four units, one each on healthy bodies, healthy minds, a healthy social life, and healthy communities, and in particular is intended at determining what seniors know and don’t know about their health.

Data gathered from the program will be forwarded to the state for use in devising better focused education initiatives for Indiana’s seniors.

Easter Egg Hunt

Bugajski did take a moment to express his gratitude to everyone who participated in the Easter Egg Hunt at Hawthorne Park.

“Thanks to our Easter Egg hunt volunteers and sponsors,” he said.

Fully 5,000 eggs were hidden at Hawthorne Park. It took kids not even two minutes to find them all: 1.47.

“It was a very successful event,” Member Bill Lopez noted. “I think the kids enjoyed themselves for a minute and a half.”


Posted 4/25/2019




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