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
* Jon Granat, a Republican, or an Independent on the Stormwater
* 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 OK’d 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.