In its final, and
shortest, meeting of the year, the Porter Town Council took care of a few
housekeeping matters on Thursday.
The Council voted
4-0 to approve two resolutions. The first appropriates a plethora of
transfers in the Town’s Town Hall, Police, Motor Vehicle Highway, Parks
Department and Fire Department budgets.
$14,000 to Police hourly pay, $11,000 to Police overtime, $61,200 for Police
supplies, $10,300 for Telephones, $7,600 for Fire repairs, $6,500 for
Sidewalks and $6,400 to MVH overtime.
The next resolution
approved allowed the Town to encumber $16,906 of funds from the 2016 Police
budget and appropriate them for the 2017 budget for WatchGaurd body and
“It’s a safety
measure that protects both the officers and the residents,” said Town-Clerk
Treasurer Carol Pomeroy.
Most of the
department heads did not have reports to give and some were absent. Pomeroy
in her report said that the state will now allow for employee insurance to
start on June 1 and carry to Dec. 31 instead of starting in August. She said
this will put the town in sync with its fiscal year.
“We’ll all be on
the same track and that’s a good thing,” said Pomeroy.
resident Jennifer Klug inquired if there is a warming center somewhere
within the Town limits. It was mentioned in the newspaper during the major
snowstorms earlier this month that Chesterton and Burns Harbor had them
open, but nothing was mentioned about Porter, she said.
Director Brenda Brueckheimer said the Fire Department is a warming center
for residents. The department however was out of power for about six hours
as workers tried to start the generator.
Brueckheimer and the Street Department on being able to keep up with the
snowfall on the roads.
Council member Bill
Lopez wished everyone Happy New Year and to “be safe out there” while
Absent from the
meeting was Council President Greg Stinson. Vice-President Erik Wagner
chaired in his absence.