Feedback on the
long-range plan for Porter parks shows that residents are not in favor of a
dog park at Porter Cove Park, also called Kid’s Cove Park, Director of Parks
Brian Bugajski said at the Porter Town Council meeting Thursday night.
closed a 30-day public comment period where residents gave feedback on his
long-range plan for improving parks in Porter. Based on the comments, he
will add plans for potable water sources for drinking fountains at Indian
Springs and Kid’s Cove parks. He will also add a plan for a raised planter
that could be used as a community garden at Kid’s Cove. Bugajski also said
the majority of the comments he received were against plans for a dog park
being installed at Kid’s Cove.
The plan attracted
10 comments, seven of which were against the idea of the dog park. Council
Member Greg Stinson asked where Bugajski plans to move the dog park, and he
said he plans to just cut the dog park from the plan. Stinson suggested the
dog park be considered for another location. “When it comes to public
comments like that, it’s usually the negatives that are spoken about and
people who are in favor of something don’t necessarily comment that they
think it’s a good idea,” Stinson said. “I question whether or not seven
comments is sufficient to abandon it.”
Council Member Bill
Lopez, for his part, said that Bugajski did a great job on the plan and
thanked the residents who made comments. He added that he hopes to see
action in the near future on the Kid’s Cove portion of the plan. “The
timeline is all based on money, and money is the problem as always, but I
think we as a council need to find a quicker way to do this.”
The Council passed
on first reading three ordinances.
The first approved
benefits for Town employees.
Two amended the
language of Town Code establishing liability insurance requirements for
peddler and assembly permits. Permits must now be accompanied by $300,000 of
property damage coverage, $1 million in personal injury coverage, and $5,000
in medical coverage.
Carol Pomeroy reported that many organizations seeking these permits already
have insurance with this type of coverage. Waiving the coverage requirement
will remain at the discretion of the Council, per the original wording of
Fire Chief Jay
Craig took a moment to thank the first-responders who provided support at an
apartment fire in Porter that proved fatal on Friday last week. He also
extended thanks to the Porter ZIP Foodmart, Subway, Val’s, and Venice Pizza
for providing food to the first-responders. Craig noted that fire
departments across the country are short on volunteers and urged any who are
interested to become volunteer firefighters in their communities.
In other business,
Craig announced that he will be completing inspections on businesses in the
next couple of months. “If you’re a business owner in Porter, you’re going
to see me, so please be ready.”
Supervisor Brenda Brueckheimer is seeking volunteers for a roadway clean-up
from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Those wanting to
volunteer can call Public Works at (219) 926-4212. Volunteers are welcome
any day, not just for clean-ups.
reminded residents that Saturday, May 12, is the last day to recycle e-waste
at the Public Works department at 550 W. Beam Street. Residents should stop
in the office before leaving unwanted electronics.
“Anything you plug
in has to be recycled, you can’t put it out with regular trash,” she said.
Clerk-Treasurer Carol Pomeroy made a point to remind residents at Thursday’s
Town Council meeting that swimming pools should not be filled before June