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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.