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.
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.
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,
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Director Brenda Brueckheimer said crews will be picking up leaves this
Friday. Residents may neatly pile their leaves by the curbside.
Due to the
Christmas holiday, the Council moved its next meeting to Tuesday, Dec. 29.