The Porter Town
Council approved a request for a new vendor to operate at Porter Beach at
its meeting last night.
Police Chief Jamie
Spanier said the vendor, Simms Enterprises Inc., would like to set up shop
to rent kayaks and three-wheel water bikes at the beach. He said the vendor
wants to operate for the rest of the season this year to gauge whether or
not it could be a full-time venture next year.
Spanier said the
company has only two employees--the owner and his wife--and they both have
the proper background checks in order. Their insurance is not yet in order,
but Spanier asked that the Council approve the request contingent upon the
receipt of proper insurance--an action the Council often takes for vendors.
Erik Wagner asked if anyone objected to discussing and approving an item
that wasn’t formally on the agenda. Council member and former Council
President Greg Stinson, for his part, said asking to operate for the last
part of the season is a special case, and he’d rather see it approved so the
vendor doesn’t miss out on two or three weeks of business waiting for the
next meeting. The Council approved the vendor request contingent upon
Director of Public
Works Brenda Brueckheimer gave a shoutout to the Northwest Indiana Paddling
Association for their efforts in clearing the Porter section of the Little
Calumet River. The paddlers have been working their way along the Little
Calumet clearing logjams and removing debris from the river in various
communities. Brueckheimer said the paddlers even pulled a TV out of the
water near the Mineral Springs Road bridge.
took a moment to thank her staff for their work this past week. She reported
that Porter has gotten 1.7 inches of rain in the past week and a half, and
the influx has caused a lot of drainage issues.
Council member Emerson Delaney appeared to bring a public safety issue to
the Council’s attention. Delaney lives adjacent to a property in Porter
where a large dead tree is leaning precariously over Tremont Road.
not stepped in on the issue because the tree is also hanging over a private
utility, a Comcast line. Delaney said he began trying to call Comcast on
June 3, and nothing has been done. “There’s no sense of urgency with them,”
he said. Brueckheimer confirmed she has not made progress with Comcast on
the issue either.
“The utility needs
to be held accountable for this,” Delaney said. Delaney noted that Tremont
Road has a lot of traffic in that area, and he doesn’t want to see someone
Wagner said the
Council would discuss a solution with Brenda after the meeting.