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
“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.
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.
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.
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,”
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.