Chesterton does it.
Burns Harbor does it. So resident Joan Burke wants to know why Porter
doesn’t do it.
Burke at Tuesday’s
Porter Town Council meeting posed the question, why isn’t a list of building
permits from the Building Department printed in the newspaper as the other
two towns do.
“I want to know why
Porter never does,” Burke said.
The Council looked
to Building Commissioner and Director of Development Michael Barry, who
responded by asking “Why should I do it.”
Barry said he does
not have someone on staff who could create the list and it would take hours
to do. “We just don’t (do it),” he said.
“I don’t agree with
it, but that’s fine,” Burke said in taking Barry’s answer.
Also in comments
from the floor Tuesday, the Council gave permission for Liberty Rec’s 16U
team to use the softball field at Hawthorne Park for practices.
Greg Stinson announced that the current plan for the Town Employee Health
Care coverage expires in August and the Town is seeking quotes from
“Any agent or
company interested in serving to provide health insurance to the Town, we
will be accepting quotes through June 15,” he said. Contacts should be made
to Clerk-Treasurer Carol Pomeroy.
There are 30
employees on the plan currently, not including dependents, Pomeroy said.
During the business
portion, the Council approved two ordinances.
The first was to
name the assistant police chiefs from Porter and Chesterton to the board
that oversees the local 911 dispatch center.
Stinson said state
law requires that more than half of the board be members of law enforcement.
The members had been the two Town Council presidents, the two police chiefs
and the County’s 911 Communications Director.
Since the 911
Director is not considered law enforcement, the matter is fixed by adding
the two police chiefs.
Second reading was
given and approved for an ordinance amending the 2016 Employee Salary
ordinance. The ordinance will now include the $7,000 that is given to the
deputy clerk and secretary of the Redevelopment Commission. Stinson said
there are no changes to the compensation and the intent is to have the
amount in the ordinance for bookkeeping purposes.
As a yearly
reminder, Pomeroy cautioned residents not to fill their swimming pools until
June 16 when the Town’s sprinkler credit goes into effect, or the water they
use will be charged onto their sewer bill.
credit was adopted a few years ago to give residents a break on billing
during the time that water usage is higher due to summertime activities.
Director Brenda Brueckheimer reported to the Council that work is steady on
road paving projects around town, despite interruptions by wet, cold
said the department will be hiring for an operator/labor position. The
person will need to be on call at all hours, she said.
available at the Public Works Department at 550 Beam St. or they can also be
downloaded from the Town’s website.
Brian Bugajski said the application deadline for summer programs director
and programs assistant has been extended through May 13, this Friday, at 2
p.m. Interested applicants should call the Parks Department at 921-1687.
his appreciation to the volunteers of Rebuilding Together Duneland for
helping out at the parks on Saturday, April 30.
The crews of
volunteers removed four pieces of large, old equipment from Porter Cove,
built a new railing at the Hawthorne Park Community Center and spread mulch
material out at the playground there.
“Despite the rainy
weather, we got a lot of work done. We are miles ahead with these projects,”
He also expressed
gratitude to the Lakeshore Drifters 4-H Club for donating two hanging flower
baskets for the community center.
In other Park news,
Bugajski said that Brummitt Brownie Troop 30352 is collecting plastic caps
and lids and storing them in the basement of the community center. The goal
is to collect 800 pounds of caps and lids which can then be reused and
turned into a bench.
approximately 400 pounds of caps to make a bench, Bugajski said, meaning the
parks department could get two benches if the goal is reached.
The public is
encouraged to bring their plastic caps and lids to the community center if
they wish to contribute to the project.
A few more kudos
were given out during the meeting.
The Council lauded
Barry on receiving a professional of the year honor at last week’s
Recognition of Service Excellence (ROSE) awards banquet, sponsored by the
Porter County and LaPorte County tourism bureaus. Stinson said Barry was
recognized for his efforts on improving the trails in town
Stinson was also
one of the three recipients of the professional of the year ROSE award.
Barry added that
the Speakeasy at the Spa on Mineral Springs Rd., which was renovated by Ed
Kis, was given the Community Improvement ROSE award. Kis plans to open the
restaurant at the Spa sometime this summer, Barry said.