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Porter Fire Department helping charities; Park fundraiser rakes in $19k

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like the holidays at Porter Town Hall as the Christmas tree shimmered during Tuesday’s short Town Council meeting.

Clerk-Treasurer Carol Pomeroy expressed her appreciation to residents Janice Clark and Jeanine Biesboer for lending their decorative talents in dressing up the building, which has become a perennial holiday tradition at Town Hall.

“They do it every year and they do a wonderful job,” Pomeroy said.

Sherrill Newman received praise too for decorating the large vases outside near the entrance of the building.

On the topic of holiday giving, Deputy Fire Chief Jay Craig said the PFD’s drive for “Toys for Tots” will continue until Monday as well as the collection for the food drive. With help during Sunday’s Winter Open House and one “very generous” donor, the PFD will be able to help out three families, Craig said.

Food items may be brought to the fire station now through the end of business hours on Monday, he said.

Over 100 people attended the open house and only a handful of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors were distributed. The PFD has many more if anyone in town needs one, Craig said.

Also, Craig announced the PFD’s K9 rescue dog Harley is back in service after having undergone a surgical procedure for elbow dysplasia in October, prompting cheers from the Council and those in the audience.

General Fund to use CEDIT

In business matters Tuesday, the Council was in agreement with President Greg Stinson’s breakdown of funds to be used from the Town’s County Economic Development Income Tax draw for the next three years.

The Town will receive $344,952 in CEDIT for 2016. From that, $200,000 will go to the General Fund, $90,000 will be used to pay off bonds, and the remaining $54,952 will be used for miscellaneous needs such as purchasing equipment or improving roads.

The plan includes the same figures for 2017 and 2018 although it’s uncertain what the CEDIT amounts will be then. Stinson hopes more CEDIT will be freed up by 2018 to beef up what can be spent for roads and other purposes.

In other business, the Council tabled a second reading for the Town’s new carbon monoxide detector installation requirements for rental properties. Stinson said the language is still being worked on and the second reading will take place at the Council’s next meeting.

One of the changes is that property owners will have until June 1 of next year to be in compliance rather than Jan. 1, Stinson said.

A second reading was however approved 4-0 on an ordinance allowing the Town to buy criminal insurance when it is more affordable than blanket bonds.

Absent from the meeting was Council member Elka Nelson.

Pint event is a moneymaker

Adding to the cheers Tuesday, Parks Director Brian Bugajski told the Council that the Parks Department and Fire Department will each receive $7,000 or so from the ticket sales of this year’s Porter Perfect Pint Festival held in Hawthorne Park in October.

Along with the silent auction and other events, the sold-out event brought in over a total of $19,000, Bugajski said.

“It’s a very successful fundraiser for the town and I hope it continues for many, many, many more years to come,” he said, thanking Liz Tilden of Pat’s Liquors and Leroy Flores of Leroy’s Hot Stuff for putting on the event.

Although not as big as the Perfect Pint, the first-ever Four-Mile Turkey Recovery Race hosted by Crazy Legs Race Series collected about $160 to benefit the Park Department’s playground equipment fund. Bugajski said Crazy Legs will continue to hold their three races in Porter next year, the first one being the Frozen Feet 5k in January.

Bugajski also gave thanks to the Lakeshore Drifters 4-H Club for donating two fresh Christmas wreaths for the Hawthorne Park Community Center.

Leaf pick-up Friday

Meanwhile, these bonus days of warm weather will give the Public Works Department the chance to do one more leaf pick up for town residents this year.

Public Works Director Brenda Brueckheimer said crews will be picking up leaves this Friday. Residents may neatly pile their leaves by the curbside.

Next meeting

Due to the Christmas holiday, the Council moved its next meeting to Tuesday, Dec. 29.


Posted 12/9/2015





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