The leaf vacuum and
chipper will hit the streets in Porter starting Monday, April 3.
Director Brenda Brueckheimer told the Porter Town Council Tuesday that her
department is ready to start the yearly spring cleanup with picking up brush
and leaves next week for approximately six weeks.
“As long as it
takes to get everything picked up again,” she said.
residents to observe the guidelines and keep leaf and brush piles separated.
“Please no thorn
bushes with your brush. Keep your leaves, grass clippings and brush all
facing on the curb and we’ll come get it picked up,” she said. For questions
Breuckheimer said residents can call the public works department at
Now that winter is
officially over, Brueckheimer announced she is closing the salt dome for the
“Hopefully we won’t
need it anymore,” said Council Vice-President Bill Lopez, presiding over the
meeting in President Greg Stinson’s absence. Also gone Tuesday was Council
member Brian Finlay.
The brief meeting
included a public hearing for the proposed ordinance to reset the Town’s
Cumulative Capital Development (CCD) tax rate from $0.318 per $100 of
assessed valuation to a maximum of $.04, an increase of roughly eight tenths
of a cent.
Stinson’s comments at the Ordinance’s first reading last month that the CCD
rate increase would mean the homeowner of a property with assessed value of
$150,000 would see around a $12 increase on their tax bill. The increase
will be included in the 2018 bills.
CCD funds may be
used for vehicles. Stinson said the Town uses the fund to purchase police
No one from the
public spoke in favor or in remonstrance of the increase.
discussion from the board, Council member Erik Wagner moved to adopt the
ordinance with Council member Ross LeBleu seconding. The motion passed 3-0.
Parks Easter Egg
Hunt April 8
Over 5,000 plastic
colored eggs will be waiting to be found by children at Hawthorne Park on
Saturday, April 8.
Brian Bugajski said the annual Easter Egg Hunt will kick off at 11 a.m. that
Groups will be
divided into ages 1 to 3 years, 4 to 6 years and 7 to 9 years.
There will also be
a separate hunt area for children with special needs. Bugajski asks that the
parks department be contacted so it can accommodate for children with
special needs ahead of time.
Seniors group is volunteering again this year to help stuff the eggs,
Next, Bugajski said
he is doing preparation for the install of new equipment at Hawthorne Park
on Thursday, May 4 and Friday, May 5. The install will be done with
“If you’ve got the
ability to turn a wrench or screwdriver and can follow instructions, we
could use your help,” he said. “If you can come out both days, great. If you
can come out one day, great. Or even just an hour, come during your lunch
hour. We can take all the help we can get.”
Both days will
start about 8 a.m., Bugajski said. He said the Parks Department received a
grant for equipment purchasing. The Council will need to hold a public
hearing for an additional of $5,000 at its next meeting.
On another note,
Bugajski said that Rebuilding Together Duneland has approved the park
department’s application as a community build project Saturday, April 29 at
The timing isn’t
right for the playground install but the group will help by scraping and
painting the existing swings that will stay in place. The paint will match
what the new equipment will look like, Bugajski said.
LeBleu asked if
there was registration information for Rebuilding Together Duneland.
Bugajski said he would encourage contacting them on their Facebook page or
through their website.
approved a request by the Porter United Methodist Church to use the
millennium gazebo at Hawthorne Park free of charge for its Easter Sunrise
Service on Sunday, April 16.
Bugajski added that
his department is still seeking applications for a full-time maintenance
position for facilities and trails. The application deadline is this Friday,
March 30. Anyone interested in seeing the job description or submitting an
application can call at 921-1687 or email at email@example.com.
Town Hall closed on
In other business,
Clerk-Treasurer Carol Pomeroy said that the Town Hall will be closed
Wednesday, April 12 for software installments. She said the software was
purchased last year to upgrade the payment system.
A notice will be
posted on the door and the office will reopen on Thursday at the regular
time, Pomeroy said.