and Lemon Tree Mediterranean Grill on Indian Boundary Road with her husband.
She also helped start the Chesterton European Market in 2003.
In her letter to
Council President Greg Stinson seeking the nomination, Wodrich said she’s
“very interested in serving my community on (the PCCRVC)” having felt the
impact it has had on her business and said she can “offer a valuable
perspective on the issues.”
“I meet the
requirements for this position and am eager to share my insight and
collaborate with other area professionals to help our towns continue to
attract visitors and remain a great place to live,” Wodrich said.
appointee must live within in the town of Chesterton, Porter or Burns Harbor
and work in a sector related to tourism, according to the County’s
The nomination has
to be approved by either the Chesterton or Burns Harbor town council in
order for Wodrich to be appointed. Chesterton had nominated Schoolhouse Shop
owner Roy Krizek but the Porter Council did not vote for him since he
resides outside of the three towns.
It’s not something
you hear all too often but Stinson announced that the Town’s insurance costs
for workman’s comp will decrease next year by about $15,000.
There were notably
fewer injuries for the 2014-15 insurance year, Stinson said. He lauded the
Town employees for being careful on the job.
The Town renewed
its liability insurance at $97,315 comparable to $112,000 last year.
Cheers were heard
as Parks Director Brian Bugajski told the Council that the fundraisers by
Wagner’s Ribs have brought in a total of $2,600 that will go towards new
In two separate
weekends, Wagner’s Ribs pledged $2 to the parks’ playground for each plate
of ribs sold. Last weekend saw a total of $1,600.
“That’s a lot of
ribs,” Bugajski said.
Bugajski said he’s
been getting more inquiries about the aging playground equipment at Kids
Cove Park in Porter Cove and the Parks Department has decided to host an
informational meeting for the public on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the community
center in Hawthorne Park. Residents will be welcome to give ideas they may
have for the playground, he said.
for the parks’ playground equipment fund will be held on Sunday, Nov. 29, at
Hawthorne Park with the “Turkey Recovery 4-miler” hosted by Crazy Leg Race
Series. Part of the proceeds will go to the Parks Department.
The Duneland YMCA
will host a 5K/10K race through town on Dec. 5 as part of its “5 Towns 1
Race” series. The Council gave its permission for the race to be held from
8:30 to 10:30 a.m. that morning. Police Chief Jamie Spanier said the
Duneland Y is planning to share the proceeds with the Parks Department.
On another note,
Bugajski reported that about 200 people attended this past Sunday’s Boo Bash
in Hawthorne Park which included 150 kids, the biggest year yet for the
event. He thanked those who volunteered and the Lakeshore Drifters 4H Club
for their help. Council member Rob Pomeroy thanked Bugajski for his efforts.
matters, the Council approved 5-0 not to exceed $100,000 on for road work on
State Park Rd. off of Waverly Rd. and the area of Johnson Beach Rd. and
Wabash Ave. as requested by Public Works Director Brenda Brueckheimer.
the Council approved was for a second life vest for the new rescue launcher
recently acquired to help distressed swimmers at Porter Beach, as well as
another lock box to store it. The cost will be covered by the Council’s
initial approval of $3,560 in CEDIT funds for the launcher and equipment.
Spanier said police
and fire departments were shown Monday how to operate the rescue launcher
which can shoot a flotation device up to 300 feet or so into the water. “We
should be ready to go in the spring,” he said.
Deputy Fire Chief
Jay Craig updated the Council on the progress of the fire station’s search
and rescue dog Harley who had surgery this month to treat a birth defect in
his elbow known as ununited anconeal process.
Harley ended up
having bones from both elbows removed so the surgery costs were a little
more than anticipated but Craig said residents helped reach the fundraising
goal for Harley to have the surgery. Craig again thanked the community for
its support and Harley is “doing pretty good” and should be back on duty
within a few weeks.
Council set for second reading an amendment for snow removal. According to
the ordinance, residents in subdivisions will be required to move their cars
out of the roadway for plows to get through whenever there is more than
three inches of snowfall or face a $50 fine. Residents will also be asked to
remove snow and ice from their sidewalks or be subject to fines.
The second reading
including a public hearing will take place at the Nov. 10 Council meeting.
The Council then
unanimously approved and adopted the 2016 proposed Town budget which will
now be sent to the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance for
Stinson reminded everyone that Trick or Treat hours for Halloween will be
from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. this Saturday.
Jeannine Virtue also asked residents to remember to vote on Election Day,
Nov. 3. “Help us make a decision on moving the town forward in the next four
years,” she said.