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Porter Town Council: Don't expect Kids Cove rehab anytime soon

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By KEVIN NEVERS

Kids Cove Park, serving the 267 homes of Porter Cove and something like 1,000 residents of the Town of Porter--roughly a quarter of its population--is unlikely to be rehabbed anytime soon.

That’s the main take-away from Tuesday’s meeting of the Town Council.

Porter Cove resident Blake Lange appeared again before the council on Tuesday, hoping to hear that members were willing to take a more aggressive line on fundraising for the needed rehab. What he got was a noncommittal acknowledgment that parks are good things but that they’re expensive to refurbish and that raising the funds to do so can take years.

“I’m in favor of doing something with the park,” said Member William Lopez, D-3rd. “But I can’t make a commitment. I’ve talked with (President Greg Stinson, D-2nd, not in attendance on Tuesday), and he thinks there’s a way to get going in 2018. I think we can do it for less, and then as funds become available.”

“I’m not against doing something for the park,” added Member Brian Finley, R-5th. “But money’s money.”

“None of us is against doing something,” said Member Erik Wagner, D-1st. “But it took us five years to get the money for Hawthorne Park, and that was with a grant. It might take us a couple of years, the way we’re going, if the people will help. But we do have a plan. The problem is, it’s going to take awhile. It took five years at Hawthorne, and now we’ve got to do it again.”

Clerk-Treasurer Carol Pomeroy, for her part, was unsure whether the Park Department’s 2018 budget would have anything like the funds needed in 2018 to get started on a new large-scale project. “The Park budget is just coming out of the red,” she said. “I don’t see any wiggle room.”

Lange did express a certain disappointment. “I don’t want to call it a failure but the park has been in disarray for many years,” he said. “Kids Cove will continue to fall further and further behind the other towns’ parks. Parks are one of the quickest, most effective ways to build community and improve the quality of life.”

New Fire Truck?

In other business, Deputy Fire Chief Jay Craig asked members for permission to begin the process of acquiring a new fire truck.

At issue: the PFD’s primary engine, at 17 years old, is currently in the shop again for repairs--in the last two years alone, he said, keeping the truck in service has cost $20,000 in repairs--while its backup is almost 30 years old.

Also at issue: neither engine carries ground ladders “big enough” anymore for the newer, larger houses being built in town. A case in point: the PFD’s portable ground ladders only reach as high as the gutters on many of the houses in the Summertree subdivision, Craig noted.

For those reasons, the PFD is interested in a “quint”: an engine which performs all of the five chief functions of firefighting apparatus: carries a pre-mounted ladder of 75 to 100 feet as well as ground ladders, and has a pump, water tank, and fire hose.

A quint, Craig said, “would allow us to do so much more with less, which has become so important in the volunteer world.”

Members agreed by consensus to authorize Craig to begin preparing preliminary specifications as well as to investigate costs, options, and financing arrangements.

Paving

Meanwhile, Director of Development/Building Commis-sioner Michael Barry reported that the ongoing paving work in Porter Beach should be done by Saturday at the latest, with striping to be completed next week.

Both Berry and Public Works Director Brenda Brueckheimer said that Town & Country Paving has done superb work. “They’re meticulous,” Barry said. “They’re doing a wonderful job. They’re working well with residents. And there haven’t been any problems at all.”

Discovery Charter

Fundraiser

Members also voted unanimously to approve a assemblage permit for Discovery Charter School--pending a receipt of proof of insurance--to hold a fundraiser from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at Hawthorne Park.

 

Posted 9/13/2017

 
 
 
 

 

 

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