The Porter Town
Council made appointments to boards and commissions and renewed annual
contracts at its meeting Tuesday.
John Kremke was
reappointed to the Board of Zoning Appeals, Jim Eriksson was reappointed to
the Stormwater Management Board, Mark Lynk was reappointed to the Police
Commission, Bill Lopez was reappointed to the Duneland Economic Development
Commission (DEDC), and Greg Stinson was reappointed to the Northwest Indiana
Regional Planning Committee (NIRPC).
Jay Craig, Jamie
Spanier, and David Phillips were the three town employees/officials
appointed to the Plan Commission. Laura Madigan was also reappointed to the
Plan Commission and new member Rob Albrecht-Mallinger was appointed. Tara
Duffie, Greg Stinson, Brian Finley, Erik Wagner, and Bill Lopez will serve
on the Redevelopment Commission.
approved its annual contracts with Town Planner Jim Mandon; financial
advisor Baker Tilly; Engineering firms Haas & Associates, Global
Engineering, and Abonmarche; economic development consultant MCR Partners;
tech support company Innovative Technology Solutions; human resources
consultant Nora Wiergacz; and the Porter Volunteer Firefighters.
The Council also
reorganized, reelecting Greg Stinson as President and Bill Lopez as
Vice-president, then reappointed all existing Town Department heads.
Police Chief Jamie
Spanier encouraged residents to lock their doors, following a rash of thefts
from vehicles in Portage and Burns Harbor. “If you see someone messing with
your car, don’t confront them. There are reports they may be armed,” Spanier
Residents should be
viligant, but call the Police and don’t intervene if they see something,
Spanier said. “To this point they have not gotten into locked cars, only
unlocked ones,” he added.
Carol Pomeroy announced that Porter Beach parking permits will go on sale to
Porter residents March 9 and 10. Porter residents must have a driver’s
license with a Porter address in order to purchase beach permits the first
two days of the sale. Non-residents of Porter can buy permits starting March
The Town will be
selling 700 permits again this year, since the Town Council approved selling
700 permits instead of 600 in 2019. There will be a limit of two permits per
household. After reaching the household limit, residents are allowed to get
back in line, but only if they are buying on behalf of others.
Brian Bugajski thanked the Duneland Flyers for a plaque they presented him
in recognition of the Town’s support. Reid Amons, a Flyers coach, said the
Duneland Flyers are entering their 20th year of community softball and
baseball, and using Hawthorne Park has been a blessing. The Council approved
the Flyers to continue using Hawthorne Park for games and practices in 2020,
pending Bugajski’s receiving signed waivers from players.
congratulated Porter Parks Trails & Facilities Specialist Nick Sufana for
netting a scholarship to the Great Lakes Parks Training Institute.
Supervisor Sarah Olson reminded residents the Town is still picking up
discarded Christmas trees, and leaf pickup is over for the season. Leaves
now need to be bagged and put out roadside for pickup.
Commissioner Michael Barry reported he’s scheduled a visit from the Army
Corps of Engineers after the weekend’s storms and resulting tall waves
caused a lot of damage at Porter Beach. Barry said he has a contingency plan
(directing drivers through the parking lot of the old Johnson Inn) so no
residents at Porter Beach will lose access to their homes if conditions
worsen at the Lakefront.
Fire Chief Jay
Craig said he was proud the Town took part in Toys for Tots again and
reported more than 2,100 kids were supplied with toys this year. Craig also
reported the PFD responded to a total of 608 calls in 2019, which is 100
calls more than their average. The PFD was also dispatched to a second call
while working one call almost 18 percent of the time in 2019, according to
Signature Graphics, which did the chevron striping on the back of the PFD’s
rescue truck and engine and the graphics on the Ford Explorer the Porter
Police Department recently transferred to the PFD at no cost. “That was a
huge donation by Signature Graphics, and we greatly appreciate them for
doing that,” Craig said.
The Council also
approved a change order for the refurbishment of the Department’s 1995
International tanker. Westchester Township generously paid approximately
$145,000 for the refurb, so Craig said he’ll pay the $2,521 change order for
additional work on mounting pipe poles and changing the chevron colors on
the back of the tanker from his budget.
new council member David Phillips. Phillips then thanked the voters. “I’d
like to say thanks to everyone for giving me the opportunity to serve for
the next 4 years,” Phillips said. “I’m going to enjoy it, and I hope you do