Krizek who owns the Schoolhouse Shop in Furnessville, expressed interest in
the seat and has been supported by the Town of Chesterton, but the Porter
Town Council on Tuesday opted not to nominate Krizek, citing the rule that
the representative must be someone who resides within the town of
Chesterton, Porter, or Burns Harbor.
discussion, Council President Greg Stinson asked his colleagues for their
opinion on writing a letter to the Porter County Commissioners expressing a
wish to expand the representative boundaries to include Krizek’s residence
in Pine Township.
Jeannine Virtue said she would be open to expanding the boundaries to
include all the Duneland School Corporation. But Stinson said that Krizek
resides in Pines which is actually outside the boundaries of the DSC.
member Elka Nelson said she feels that it would be best to find someone from
within the three towns who knows their interests.
“I figure if we
can’t find somebody to represent us, we’re in trouble,” Nelson said.
Virtue said she
“could go either way” and Stinson said he sides with Nelson in that limiting
representation to just the three town boundaries “gives (Porter) a little
more stake in the county.”
Stinson said he
would recommend telling the PCCRVC to initiate the search again, a
suggestion that the other Council members agreed with.
According to County
rules, the representative would need to be a business owner with some
connection to the tourism or hospitality industry, Stinson said, such as a
“If anyone can
think of anybody in Porter, Burns Harbor or Chesterton who might be
interested, give them a call,” Virtue told those sitting in on the meeting.
During the business
portion of the meeting, the Council agree to set the $4 million town budget
for 2016 for a second reading at its next meeting on Oct. 27.
Porter Police Chief
Jamie Spanier asked the Council to decide the hours for trick or treat as
he’s already received many calls from curious parents.
He suggested to
again mirror Chesterton’s time and so that’s what the Council decided. Trick
or treat in the Town of Porter will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Halloween,
Saturday Oct. 31.
Perfect day for
expressions of gratitude were give throughout Tuesday’s meeting for those
who brought together the 5th Annual Perfect Pint Festival last Saturday in
Brian Bugajski gave shout outs to Liz Tilden of Pat’s Liquors and Leroy
Flores of Leroy’s Hot Stuff for all the work they put in.
received praise from Fire Deputy Chief Jay Craig and vice versa. Both the
Porter Firefighters and the Parks Department were helping along with
volunteers and vendors.
A total of 1,050
tickets were sold for the sell-out event. Bugajski said once the event
committee settles up with all the costs and puts in enough seed money for
next year, the balance of profits will be split between the parks department
and the fire department. He expects to know next month what the departments
that the pleasant weather conditions really added to the festival’s
enjoyment. “It was a wonderful day hanging out at the park,” he said.
department will be getting into the spirit of Halloween on Sunday, Oct. 25,
hosting its annual Boo Bash from 12-2 p.m. at Hawthorne Park with games,
crafts, seasonal snacks and a few surprises.
The free event will
have a costume contest beginning at 1 p.m., Bugajski said.
Also, the last
Acrylic Painting class at the Hawthorne Community Center for the year will
be on Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 3-5 p.m. Painters will create fall scenes.
Next stop, Wagner’s
the Council that this weekend, Oct. 16-18, Wagner’s Ribs will again be
donating $2 to the Town Parks Department for every plate of ribs that is
The same event was
held last month and brought in $1,000 towards purchasing playground
equipment for the parks.
“If you got a
hankering for ribs and want to help out the parks department, eat dinner at
Wagner’s this weekend. All three nights,” he said.
Manager Erik Wagner
said after the meeting the public should keep in mind that no one under 21
is allowed at Wagner’s since it’s a bar, but families with persons under 21
can purchase carry out rib meals which are included in the fundraiser.
Sharing some good
news, Spanier said the Porter County 911 center will be donating its stored
radio equipment to Porter Police for projects needed at the
Porter/Chesterton dispatch answering center.
Craig said that
with a federal grant received by the Portage Fire Dept., local communities
such as Porter will have the chance to purchase air packs.
Porter’s share of
the grant will be $176,000, enough for the department to acquire 27 new air
that Westchester Township government provided a ten percent match for a
grant that will help provide equipment for the air packs.