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Porter residents reminded about snow parking ban; Council OKs tractor buy

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Old Man Winter is in town a few days early this year and Porter Police Chief Jamie Spanier said now is the time to remind residents of the town’s parking ban for snow removal.

“If we get three or more inches of snow, we need to have cars out of the roadway,” Spanier said.

The street parking ban is in place so the street department can get through to plow the roads. According to Town Code, violators are subject to $50 fines to cover the cost of the Town having to tow cars off the streets.

Town Council President Greg Stinson commended Public Works Director Brenda Breuckheimer and her department for their quick work in clearing the streets of snow throughout town this past weekend, when other towns and cities in the County had not had their roads fully plowed or salted.

Breuckheimer said she appreciates the residents who did remember to move their vehicles and also asked that in this week of deep freeze temperatures that residents check in on their neighbors, especially those who are elderly or disabled.

“It’s going to be a really cold week so let’s all take care of each other,” Brueckheimer said.

Spanier said residents should be extra cautious of this being a time of break-ins and thefts. He encouraged residents to lock their vehicles and to bring in packages that are left on porches.

In other department reports made at Tuesday’s meeting, Stinson said the fire department has reviewed the fire services contract for next year and the Council will be prepared to vote on it at its January meeting. The rates in the contract are the same as this year, he said.

Even though the contract for 2017 won’t be signed until after Jan. 1, Stinson said there will be no disruption of services as assured by the fire department. Last year there was confusion among some residents who assumed the fire department would not respond to a fire without the contract approved.

“If your house catches on fire before our meeting, the fire department will still show up,” Stinson said.

Parks Director Brian Bugajski said the department will host a Santa Dash 4 Mile run this Sunday, at 9 a.m., starting in Hawthorne Park, organized by the Crazy Legs Race Series. Part of the entry fees will be donated to the Parks Department.

Bugajski said that the first 50 registrants will receive a Santa suit to run in. “Parents, have something prepared to say to the kids if you are out and see 50 Santa Clauses running,” he said.

Tractor/mower purchase

Three companies responded to the rebid for a Kubota tractor and power mower for the public works department, which were presented by Director of Development Michael Barry. The three companies were Ronson Equipment, Riggs Outdoor Power Equipment and Castongia Tractor Inc.

Ronson was the lowest bidder at $70,200, but the Council approved Barry’s recommendation to reject that bid because it did not match the stated requirements for horse power.

The Council then awarded the bid to Riggs for a total of $90,100.

The Town will pay for the tractor and mower with a financing lease plan through Horizon Bank starting early next year.

Meanwhile, the Council agreed to a recommendation made by Brueckheimer to rescind bids for the 2017 freightliner dump truck since the newer 2018 model is now out. The Council will vote to rebid for the truck in January.

Public comment

In public comment and petitions, the Council heard from Porter Cove resident Tracy Bishop who asked to receive a credit on a garbage pickup or have something be done after Republic Services did not pick up a toilet that he left out for them on Nov. 17.

He said he found out the toilet was not picked up because it was not “chaperoned” by a blue garbage can. However, Bishop said there is no rule on the Town’s website that mentions that requirement.

“I’m not too happy of how that situation went down,” he said.

Stinson said he will ask to get it clarified on the website that materials to be picked up will need to be set out with a garbage can, but did not say that Bishop would be given a credit. The Town is in contract with Republic Services only as an agent to collect the fees, not to decide who gets a credit, he said.

Stinson said it could have been the scenario where the toilet was not meant to be thrown away so the Republic Services employees had no way of knowing without the garbage can there.

Next meeting

Due to the Christmas holiday and Council absences, the next Council meeting will be moved from Tuesday, Dec. 27 to Thursday, Dec. 29. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. instead of 7 p.m.




Posted 12/15/2016




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