Commissioner Michael Barry reported at the Porter Town Council meeting
Tuesday night that bids are in for 2020 Community Crossings paving projects.
responsible bidder was Walsh and Kelly, with $642,673.50. Barry said the
original estimate for Porter’s 2020 paving list was approximately $800,000.
The Town is only on the hook for 25 percent of the cost of Community
Crossings paving projects, so $200,000 was budgeted for 2020 paving, but
Barry said the Town’s share should come in about $40,000 less.
The following roads
will be paved this year: E. Oakhill from Waverly to Ind. 49; all the roads
in the Hunter’s Glen subdivision, including some ADA sidewalk work; Sievert,
Stephens, Hokanson, Ash, Birch, and Cedar.
development business, Barry reported the Town’s INDOT asset management plan
is due for an update. The Council approved a task order, not to exceed
$9,000, for Abonmarche to complete the update.
Redevelopment Commission, which met just before Town Council Tuesday,
received bids for the new Public Works building and approved low bidder
Berglund Construction’s offer of $1,533,000. The new building, with a salt
dome, will be behind the Fire Department and provide storage space and a
small office with a waiting area for Public Works. Barry said construction
will likely be delayed by COVID-19, but could start in June and wrap-up in
as little as four months.
extended its order to waive late fees and penalties for late sewer bills to
the next billing cycle. Sewer bills are still due, but residents will not be
charged fees for late payments.
The Council also
extended its work-from-home order for at-risk, essential employees through
The Council briefly
discussed how to safely hold public hearings in the midst of reopening and
continuing preventative measures against COVID-19. Council member Brian
Finley expressed support for the idea of residents submitting written or
electronic comments prior to hearings. Town Attorney Greg Sobkowski said,
however, that the Town can encourage written comments, but cannot limit
comments to written communication.
Barry said a public
hearing at the last Plan Commission meeting went well because only a few
people attended, but there isn’t room in the Town Hall meeting room for a
large group to maintain social distance. Barry said he’s considering options
such as using Hawthorne Park for future hearings or rigging a speaker to
broadcast audio of the meeting from inside the Town Hall to the front lawn
where there would be more space for attendees to keep distance.
The Porter PD is
getting three new vehicles since the Council approved Porter Police Chief
Jamie Spanier to order two new Chevy Tahoe SUVs and a Dodge Durango. The low
quotes came from Thomas Dodge for $32,374 for the Durango and Fort
Wayne-based Kelly Chevrolet for the Tahoes, which are $35,950 each.
Spanier said the
total cost will be $120,461 to purchase and outfit the vehicles, $120,000 of
which was budgeted to come from the Cumulative Capital Development (CCD)
fund, and $461 of which will come from the department’s budget. Spanier
reported he went with Dodge and Chevy SUVs this time around because Ford
production is uncertain and Dodge Charger production is likely delayed until
next year due to COVID-19.
Porter Fire Chief
Jay Craig reported a refurbish of the PFD’s tanker is complete and thanked
the Burns Harbor Fire Department for hosting a course that two Porter
firefighters are attending.