Redevelopment Commission asked its attorney Tuesday to put the finishing
touches on an agreement that would transfer $400,000 in RDC funds to Porter
The money would be
used to help pave the hike/bike Calumet Trail, over which the county has
maintenance responsibility, from Dune Acres east through a portion of
The money is part
of a previous earmark from the Northwest Indiana Regional Development
Authority to Porter for its Gateway to the Indiana Dunes tourism/economic
Glenn Peterson of
Gateway consultant SEH said the RDA agrees to let Porter transfer the money
to the county to upgrade the graveled Calumet Trail. County representative
Bob Thompson, also present last night, said a November bid letting is
tentatively planned with construction targeted for early spring.
Town of Porter
director of development Mike Barry said for the past three years town
officials have been working with the county on the Dunes Kankakee Trail with
each having been responsible for a section along Indiana 49 from the Indiana
Dunes State Park to the county Visitor Center.
A spur also was
built to the Dune Park South Shore train station for access to the Calumet
Barry said rather
than build a separate DK Trail spur into Porter, the town’s nearly completed
Brickyard Trail will be renamed the Dunes Kankakee at a significant cost
savings. And after the Calumet Trail is paved, Porter will be the only
community around with its trail system completed as part of the regional
trails network, noted Barry.
RDC attorney Gregg
Sobkowski was asked to make minor changes to a proposed memorandum of
understanding between the commission and the county for the $400,000
transfer; a vote likely would take place at the June 24 RDC meeting.
Barry said the RDC
previously donated $125,000 of its RDA money for the county’s section of the
Dunes Kankakee Trail.
Jeannine Virtue said Porter needs a short connection between trails at
Mineral Springs Road at the NICTD railroad tracks north of U.S. 12. Peterson
said SEH is in talks with NICTD about the project.
In other trail
news, the RDC approved two change-orders for the Orchard Pedestrian Way
totalling $4,326; two DK change-orders at no cost; and three Brickyard Trail
change-orders totalling $3,529.
The RDC also agreed
to approve a $12,937 claim from the Duneland Group for previous services.
Barry said he confirmed all work was done.