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Porter Spring Cleanup starts April 3; CCD rate increase approved

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The leaf vacuum and chipper will hit the streets in Porter starting Monday, April 3.

Public Works 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.

Brueckheimer asked 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 926-4212.

Now that winter is officially over, Brueckheimer announced she is closing the salt dome for the season.

“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.

CCD rate

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.

Lopez reiterated 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 cars.

No one from the public spoke in favor or in remonstrance of the increase.

Without any 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.

Parks Director Brian Bugajski said the annual Easter Egg Hunt will kick off at 11 a.m. that day.

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.

The Duneland Seniors group is volunteering again this year to help stuff the eggs, Bugajski said.

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 volunteers.

“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 Hawthorne Park.

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.

The Council 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.

Parks Maintenance job opening

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

Town Hall closed on April 12

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.



Posted 3/30/2017




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