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Porter council hears public input on long range parks plan

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By LILY REX

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.

Bugajski just 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.”

Ordinances

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.

Clerk-treasurer 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 the ordinance.

Fire Department

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.”

Volunteers needed for Porter cleanup Saturday

Public Works 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.

Brueckheimer also 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.

Porter 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 16.

 

Posted 5/11/2018

 
 
 
 

 

 

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