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Porter delays tourism board decision over residency issue

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The seat on the Porter County Convention, Recreation and Visitor’s Commission formerly held by the late Judy Chaplin will remain vacant for now as the search continues for a successor.

One applicant, Roy 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.

During the 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.

Council member 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.

Meanwhile, Council 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 restaurateur.

“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.

Halloween hours

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 Perfect Pint

Many, many expressions of gratitude were give throughout Tuesday’s meeting for those who brought together the 5th Annual Perfect Pint Festival last Saturday in Hawthorne Park.

Parks Director 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.

Bugajski also 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 will receive.

Stinson commented that the pleasant weather conditions really added to the festival’s enjoyment. “It was a wonderful day hanging out at the park,” he said.

Boo Bash

The parks 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

Bugajski reminded 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 sold.

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.

Emergency equipment

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 packs.

Craig mentioned that Westchester Township government provided a ten percent match for a grant that will help provide equipment for the air packs.




Posted 10/14/2015




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