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Porter nominates Lisa Wodrich for PCCRVC board

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Porter resident Lisa Wodrich was nominated by the Town Council on Tuesday, 5-0, as the nominee for the open Chesterton-Porter-Burns Harbor seat on the Porter County Convention, Recreation and Visitors Commission board.

Wodrich, wife of Council member David Wodrich, owns Third Coast Spice Cafe 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.

The PCCRVC 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 guidelines.

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.

Playground equipment meeting

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 playground equipment.

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.

Another fundraiser 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.


In business 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.

Another purchase 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.


Meanwhile, the 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 review.

Before adjourning, Stinson reminded everyone that Trick or Treat hours for Halloween will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. this Saturday.

Council member 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.




Posted 10/28/2015




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