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Porter Town Council looking to save money

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Porter town departments took steps Tuesday to save money.

On police chief James Spanier's recommendation the Town Council approved spending $2,800 to upgrade with Frontier telephone service.

He said doing so will put all town departments on the same system enabling intercom and other enhancements, and the changeover will save departments money on communication costs.

Each department will contribute its share toward the cost. Clerk-treasurer Carol Pomeroy said there's enough money in the budgets, especially with the spring property tax distribution slated to arrive later this month, although any shortfalls later in the year could be covered by CEDIT funds if it becomes necessary to replace the money used now, the council decided.

All votes Tuesday were 3-0 in the absence of council president Greg Stinson and member Rob Pomeroy.

Vice-president Jeannine Virtue said because of the absences, Indiana Dunes Tourism executive director Lorelei Weimer opted to postpone her presentation seeking funding to help pay for a feasibility study on using vintage South Shore train cars to carry passengers between the Indiana Dunes State Park and Chesterton with stops at the Porter County Visitor Center in Porter.

Friday closure for Beam

Public Works superintendent Brenda Brueckheimer announced that East Beam Street between Wagner Road and Porter Ave. will be closed Friday between 7 a.m. and 12 p.m. for road work. Residents are asked to please park their vehicles in the alley and not on the street.

Brueckheimer also thanked eight Indiana American Water Company executives who recently participated in a town roadside trash pick-up, and she reminded the public that a household hazardous waste collection day is slated for July 12 at Westchester Intermediate School in Chesterton.

In other business, the Town Council okayed a sewer bill repayment plan for the Spring House Inn. No discount was allowed. Town attorney Gregg Sobkowski said 25 percent of the $22,430 owed will be paid by the end of July and the balance paid over regular billing periods until Dec. 31, 2016.

Park Safety Fest near

Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Hawthorne Park the Park Department is hosting a free Summer Safety Fest. Park director Brian Bugajski invited the public for car extrication demonstrations, senior safety tips, a display of rescue vehicles, and K-9 demonstrations.

The summer park program has begun, Bugajski noted, and runs until July 18. June 25 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. a Paint in the Park instruction workshop is planned. Pre-registering at 921-1687 is required.

With activities and children in the parks this summer, Bugajski asked motorists to exercise caution when in and near those areas.

In a related matter, the Town Council voted 3-0 to allow ribbons and posters at Hawthorne to promote the upcoming Relay for Life.

By unanimous motion the council adopted on final reading an ordinance to increase the cumulative capital development rate to $0.05.

Railroad and

Fiscal responsibility

During early public comment resident Jennifer Klug referred to a recent visit to Northwest Indiana by Gov. Mike Pence promoting planned high-speed rail upgrades and improvements at the Porter junction. She asked how this would affect Porter's downtown immediately north of the junction, and whether town officials had been consulted because they should have been.

Brueckheimer and director of development Mike Barry said some contact with the town was made previously but none recently. Virtue said the matter will be investigated.

Frank Ternenyi, a part-time Porter Beach resident, said every day is a new disaster around the world and in our nation, and he urged the council to be prudent with its expenses. Virtue said the town has been very careful with its money, and budgets are being watched.



Posted 6/16/2014