The Porter Town
Council voted to maintain independent 911 dispatch operations at its meeting
The 911 dispatch
functions of the Chesterton and Porter police departments were merged in
late 2014 to form the Duneland Regional Emergency Dispatch Operations
Center. At that time, Porter and Chesterton opted to merge together rather
than merging with Porter County E911.
Public Safety Director Mike Brickner and E911 Director Rob Lanchsweerdt
again proposed a consolidation of 911 dispatch operations earlier this year.
Last night, the
Porter Town Council, by unanimous vote, joined the Town of Chesterton and
the Chesterton Police Commission in formally opposing a merger.
Corinne Peffers and Jennifer Klug both asked about the status of the Wabash
TIF resolution--a resolution to form an economic development area, in the
form of a TIF district, in Porter Beach-- that was passed at the last plan
commission meeting. The Council is slated to consider it at its next
meeting. After that, it will go back to the Redevelopment Commission, where
it originated, for a public hearing.
financing, or TIF, is a levy on real property in an established district
that yields an annual flow of cash the Town can use at its discretion.
Revenue from TIF is the difference between property taxes collected based on
the assessed value of property in the district from a given base year and
the total amount of taxes collected from the district in the current year.
TIF revenue is not required to be shared with other entities such as the
schools, the county, or the library.
Peffers, for her
part, said she opposes having a TIF district in town because it takes money
away from the schools in the long-run.
Fire Chief Jay
Craig reported that the Porter Fire Department has seen an uptick in calls
for Porter residents who have Life Alert-style systems that they can use to
call for help. A problem the department has been facing is that a keyholder
for the residence is often too far away or not available when his staff
needs to get inside to check on someone.
Craig said the
department has acquired some realtor-style door locks that open with a code.
Residents who use Life Alert or a similar system can have one of these locks
put on their door so the fire department doesn’t have to break through the
door in an emergency situation.
Craig noted that
only the fire department would have access to the passcode and made a
reminder to residents who may know someone who lives alone or has a Life
Alert-style system. “If you have a family member in that situation, make
sure there is a key somewhere readily available. A 15-minute ETA isn’t gonna
cut it if someone’s having trouble breathing. We’re gonna take the door
In other business,
Public Works Supervisor Brenda Brueckheimer reported that she has secured a
NIPSCO street light grant. Brueckheimer says that starting in mid-June, all
147 street lights in Porter will be replaced with new 400 watt LED lights at
no cost to the Town. While the lights are being changed, residents should
expect intermittent temporary lane closures.