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:
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.
striping of new basketball courts: Asphalt Restoration Service, $11,500.
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.
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.
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.”