One thing certain
about parking permits at Porter Beach is that they sell quickly.
Last year, all 600
sold in three days with a line that rivaled those seen on Black Friday.
“These permits are
so popular that people will start lining up (the first day) at seven o’clock
in the morning and it’s like this for three days straight,” said
Clerk-Treasurer Carol Pomeroy at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting.
Pomeroy said that
she wants to make changes, specifically dropping the option of having
residents mail in their registration, driver’s license copy and fee a week
before they go on sale to the general public to get a permit.
“We can’t do that
so I’m pulling that we will accept mail entries. I don’t feel it’s fair to
the people who come stand in line and plus for three days we’re so busy we
didn’t have time to open the mail. It’s just horrendous here,” Pomeroy said.
“We were trying to serve everybody to make everybody happy, but we just
can’t do it.”
Town attorney Greg
Sobkowski said the ordinance for beach permits does not include language
about the mail registrations so no change would be needed for this year’s
ordinance which was given a first reading Tuesday. The mail-in option was a
practice the Clerk-Treasurer’s office had done in the past, he said.
In the new
ordinance, the prices for the permits are proposed to increase by $5 in each
category. Permits for town residents would be $30 instead of $25. Employees
would pay $20 instead of $15. Senior citizens would be charged $10 this year
for a maximum of two permits. The price would be $60 for Indiana residents
and $100 for out of state residents.
would require a driver’s license and vehicle registration showing a current
legal address for town residents. The address must appear on both the
license and registration.
Pomeroy said under
Ordinance 2016-03, if replacement permits are still available, a person who
purchases a different car after obtaining a permit may transfer the permit
to the new vehicle by providing the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office with a copy of
the new vehicle registration and at least half of the current permit. The
permit holder would need to bring a bill of sale and application for title
to the office and there is a $5 fee for a replacement sticker.
The permits are
scheduled to go on sale this year on Monday, March 13
The Council last
April heard from resident Candice Korbel asking if permits could be limited
to Porter residents first before being made available to outside residents.
She was told by the Council that they would consider the request.
From the audience
Tuesday, resident Karen Pisowicz asked if the Council would have further
discussion, voicing her opinion that town residents “should get first
Vice-President Bill Lopez, chairing the meeting in President Greg Stinson’s
absence, said there will be more discussion by the Council on second reading
at the Council’s first meeting in February, but he understands Pomeroy’s
reasons for the changes. He said he’s had to stand in line with everyone
else for a permit.
In other business:
-- Tabled from last
meeting, the Council voted to accept a contract with development consultant
MCR Partners LTD. The firm will assist the Town’s Redevelopment Commission
in putting out a Request for Proposals for new development on the Porter
-- A resolution was
approved by the Council 4-0 for an agreement with the National Joint Powers
Alliance for joint purchasing outside the Town’s small purchase policy.
Director of Development Michael Barry said the NJPA is made up of many
government entities and will solicit and receive bids for the purchases of
supplies, equipment or materials at no cost to the Town. “All we have to do
is give the specs and they take care of the rest. It doesn’t cost anything
for us to join so it’s a win for us,” Barry said.
-- The 2017
contract between the Town Council and the Porter Volunteer Fire Department
for services was approved 4-0.
-- The Council
approved allowing the “Race for Alexandria” benefit run for this Sunday,
Jan. 29 at 9 p.m. in Hawthorne Park, requested by Police Chief Jamie Spanier.
The organizers have worked well with the Town and the race is expected to
have about 50 runners. “It won’t be a drain on our resources,” he told the