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Porter Town Council closes out 2016 with budget transfers

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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.

Transfers include $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 vehicle cameras.

“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.

Warming center

Also Thursday, 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.

Public Works 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.

Klug commended 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 driving.

Absent from the meeting was Council President Greg Stinson. Vice-President Erik Wagner chaired in his absence.



Posted 12/30/2016




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