The Porter Town
Council introduced new regulations governing fences Tuesday, but they won’t
be adopted until the town’s Plan Commission conducts a public hearing on
them and forwards a recommendation to the council.
of the fence ordinance weren’t discussed Tuesday, council president Greg
Stinson said the new text needs to be amended to reconcile it with an
existing Porter Beach overlay that governs certain zoning matters there.
As of now the
town’s rules regarding fences are vague, according to town building
commissioner Mike Barry.
The new ordinance
requires that the design, location and construction of a fence or wall be
approved by the Porter building commissioner prior to the issuance of a
building permit in all zoning districts.
commissioner also would have the authority to decide whether a fence could
be placed within a drainage easement.
front-yard fences/walls would be allowed, but of split rail, picket or
ornamental metal construction only and not exceeding 4 feet in height.
Fences/walls in the side or rear yard could not exceed 6 feet in height.
would not be allowed although underground electronic pet containment fencing
would be under certain circumstances. Fencing materials are addressed, as is
a fence’s relation to property lines. In non-residential districts
fences/walls could not exceed 7 feet in height, and poured concrete,
concrete block or other similar materials could only be used for walls not
facing a street or residential district.
In addition to the
town’s regulations, all fences/walls would be subject to applicable
subdivision covenants and restrictions as well. Variances from the fence
rules would have to be granted by the Porter Board of Zoning Appeals.
In related zoning
news, Barry said the new Dollar General Store on U.S. 20 east of Waverly
Road has opened for business with a grand opening planned in about three
Matt Reardon of
consultants SEH attended the meeting to present Barry and the Town of Porter
with an oversized $500 check made out to the Westchester Neighbors Food
Pantry. Barry’s name was randomly drawn from among SEH clients participating
in an online survey. Stinson thanked the firm for its donation.
director Brenda Brueckheimer invited citizens to participate in a Porter
Beach clean-up day May 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to spruce up the beach area
and along Waverly Road north of U.S. 12.
She also said
volunteers and/or community organizations are needed to help maintain Wood
Street, Old Porter Road and Wagner Road on a regular basis. She asked all
volunteers to contact 926-4212 if interested.
business owners were urged to help beautify the downtown area by collecting
bottles and cans as needed.
thanked the Porter Stormwater Management Board for purchasing giveaway items
distributed at the April 19 Earth Day celebration at the Porter County Expo
The newly bald
Brueckheimer was among town employees thanked by Stinson for joining him as
Team Porter for the recent St. Baldrick’s head-shaving fundraiser at
Valparaiso University. The group, including Public Works employees, raised
$4,000 for pediatric cancer research.
Eight Porter Fire
Department members participated in a Merrillville St. Baldrick’s event
raising $2,500 of their own.
director Brian Bugajski, sans his hair, invited the public to a May 10
spaghetti dinner from Fazoli’s at the Porter community building. Tickets are
$8 for adults, $5 for children under age 10 and carry-outs are available at
the door. Money raised will be used for new park equipment. Contact 921-1687
for more details.
coincides with packet pick-up for the Mother’s Day 5K and half-marathon
races in Porter starting at 9 a.m. May 11. Cause2Compete is the sponsor.
Town police chief
James Spanier said the final agreed-upon race routes will make the event
safer, and that a lot of police manpower will be involved to maintain
safety. The Town Council approved issuing an assemblage permit for the races
Bugajski said the
April 12 Easter egg hunt in Hawthorne Park had a record turn-out, and he
thanked its volunteers and sponsors. He also acknowledged members and
friends of State Park Little League who spent six hours readying the
Hawthorne ballfield and associated buildings for the season, and said
Rebuilding Together Duneland would be at Hawthorne on Saturday doing
On another matter,
the council OK’d an assemblage permit pending proof of insurance for the
Chesterton Art Fair Aug. 2 and 3 in Hawthorne Park.