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Porter needs citizens to serve on boards; council OKs Dune Acres fire contract

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The Town of Porter is looking for a few good men and women to serve their community in 2014.

Applications will be taken until Dec. 27 for appointments to municipal boards and commissions; incumbents also are asked to submit letters of interest by that date. Some appointments are made by the fulll Town Council, and some are made by the council president alone.

Available seats because of expiring terms are as follows:

*  Ken Timm and Henry Huyser, no party affiliation required, on the Board of Zoning Appeals.

*  Jim Eriksson, a Republican, and Erik Wagner, a Democrat, on the Plan Commission. Independents also may apply.

*  John McCrum, a Republican, or an Independent on the Police Commission.

*  Jon Granat, a Republican, or an Independent on the Stormwater Management Board.

*  Five seats will be available on the Redevelopment Commission, but three typically are filled by Town Council members themselves. Two citizen members are needed and no party affiliation is required; the RDC terms of Erik Wagner and Joe Simanski expire.

During a brief business meeting Tuesday, clerk-treasurer Carol Pomeroy said the council also OKd a revised and updated agreement for fire-protection services between the town, the Porter Volunteer Firefighters Inc. and the Town of Dune Acres.

The latter will pay Porter $17,015 for 2014; $17,525 for 2015; $18,051 for 2016; and $18,592 for 2017.

Approved with member Elka Nelson absent was an additional appropriation for the Park Department authorizing its spending of $15,000 from the Redevelopment Commission for maintenance of trails and grounds. A resolution amending a new health-insurance incentive policy for employees and spouses also was adopted.

The Redevelopment Commission met Tuesday prior to the Town Council. Deputy clerk-treasurer Karen Spanier said the RDC awarded a contract to R.V. Sutton for $19,791, the lowest quote submitted, to pave an alley extension on east Franklin Street. Also approved was $3,000 for ADA/handicapped crossing warnings on the Dunes Kankakee Trail.

Spanier said due to the Christmas holiday the RDC rescheduled its next meeting to Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. at the town hall. The same night the Police Commission will meet at 6 p.m. and the Stormwater Management Board at 5 p.m.


Posted 11/29/2013