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Porter Town Council names Lewis T. Craig, Sr. Heroes Memorial Garden

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The Porter Town Council passed a resolution at its meeting last night designating the area west of the Fire Station as the Lewis T. Craig Sr. Heroes Memorial Garden.

Council President Greg Stinson read the resolution, which stated the Council’s desire to honor the late Fire Chief and provide a space for remembering and honoring first responders, into the record.

Lewis T. Craig Sr. dedicated 45 years of his life to the Porter Fire Department. He retired as Chief in January of 2018 and passed away shortly after. Stinson has said that the late Chief was irreplaceable, and reiterated last night that it was an honor to work with him.

Stinson also took a moment to recognize Sid Augustyn, who raised money to repair the PFD’s flag poles and created the garden as his Eagle Scout Project. “The renovation of the flagpoles and surrounding areas, we have him to thank. He raised the money, organized the work, and did it all,” Stinson said.

Sid was in uniform at the meeting with his father, Porter Firefighter Ron Augustyn. The audience gave Sid a round of applause for his work.

Other Approvals

In other business, the Council approved an amendment to the Porter Town Code to allow single-family homes under 1,500 square feet. Previously, new single-family homes built in Porter had to be at least 1,500 square feet. The new ordinance makes a host of changes to the minimum size allowed in different zones, including allowing single-family homes as small as 1,200 square feet.

The Council approved the changes, which were forwarded with a favorable recommendation from the Plan Commission, unanimously. Stinson said the reduction will allow for further development in Town.

The Council also conducted a first reading of an ordinance regarding potential conflicts of interest in the building department.

The ordinance is the result of a change in state law requiring municipalities to record in their respective Codes that building commissioners cannot approve building permits that they may benefit from personally.


Fire Chief Jay Craig asked Porter residents interested in becoming firefighters to contact the Fire Department (926-1226). The 2019 Fire Academy starts Oct. 1. “Your community needs you, if you are able,” Craig said.

Abby Sullivan is Firefighter of the Month.

Craig also thanked those who participated in the PFD 5K, and reported Signature Graphics is donating work to design high-vis chevron patterns on the Department’s two older fire trucks for better visibility when responding on highways. Stinson thanked Signature Graphics for their generous and ongoing support.

Building Commissioner Michael Barry reported there will be construction on Waverly Road including partial closures both north and south of U.S. 20 for the next two to three weeks for NIPSCO work. After that, INDOT will be creating designated left turn lanes at the intersection of Waverly and U.S. 20. That work will likely conclude in spring.

Barry also reported he received communication from Norfolk Southern that several grade crossings in Porter and Chesterton are scheduled for maintenance and will be closed for a day or two. The crossings at Mineral Springs Road and Wagner Road may be impacted as early as Wednesday, Aug. 14. Crossings at 15th, 8th, and 4th streets and Calumet Road also have closures coming up.

Barry said he was unable to get more specific information about the closures from Norfolk Southern before the meeting. “The railroad closures just pop up as they’re getting them done, so keep an eye out,” Barry said.

Parks Director Brian Bugajski reported the asphalt on the old basketball courts at Hawthorne Park has been torn out and the gravel underneath rolled and compacted. Once the new courts are paved, Bugajski said they cannot be striped for six to eight weeks, but the backboards and nets can go back up immediately.

Bugajski also reported he is still reviewing the proposals for new playground equipment at Kids Cove Park and hopes to have a recommendation at the Council’s next meeting.

Residents are asked to call Public Works at 926-4212 for brush pick-up.


Posted 8/14/2019




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