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Porter residents quiet on budget; Wagners gives $1,000 to park

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The Porter Town Council heard no comments on either the proposed 2016 budget or the Town’s easement sought by NIPSCO at Tuesday’s public hearings.

Instead, it heard from Erik Wagner that Wagner’s Ribs donated $1,000 from its fundraiser held the weekend of Sept. 11-13 to help the Porter Parks Department purchase playground equipment for children. The business pledged $2 from every meal sold that weekend.

Wagner’s will repeat the fundraiser for the Oct. 16-18 weekend.

In other park news, Parks Director Brian Bugajski said that Sunday is the “Paws in the Park” charity event to raise funds for 2 year-old Luca Hahn, in Hawthorne Park starting with a dog walk at 9 a.m. and food and entertainment from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bugajski also reminded the Council that there will be an acrylic painting class at Hawthorne’s Community Center on Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 3 to 5 p.m. and the “Perfect Pint” fundraiser for the Porter Fire Dept. and Parks Dept. will be held Saturday, Oct. 10 in Hawthorne Park.

In other business the Council did pass the revised 2015 employee salary ordinance moving up one of their pay days to the end of December instead of January. It also voted to accept the updates to the Town’s Floodplain ordinance which the Federal Emergency Management Agency is requiring municipalities to do before Sept. 30.

Now that the public hearing has passed, the Council will set next month for adoption of the 2016 budgets. The Town’s General Fund is advertised at $2.3 million. The Council has also favored giving a 3 percent raise to town employees in the 2016 salary ordinance.



Posted 9/23/2015




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