The Porter Town
Council is sending a letter down state to object to the Indiana General
Assembly’s allocation of some funds from the Indiana Political Subdivision
Catastrophic Liability Fund.
At the Council’s
meeting Tuesday night, Council President Greg Stinson reported he had
drafted the letter after Anton Insurance, the Town’s agent for property and
casualty insurance, notified him of state activity in the dormant fund.
The fund contains
an estimated $4 to 5 million from the contributions of the various
municipalities and local government entities that opted-in when the fund was
established in the 1980s and paid into it over the course of up to two
The Fund went
dormant over a decade ago, and the Town of Porter stopped participating in
contributions in 2008, according to Stinson. Stinson said he recalled that
Chesterton, Portage, and Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD)
were also party to the fund at one time.
Per a legislative
action this year, the State approved moving some money from that fund, which
is made up of local contributions, and allocated it into Indiana’s general
objects to that allocation, saying it is the Town of Porter’s position that
the State should disburse the remaining funds equally among all the
municipalities that contributed. “The State did not put that money in, the
Towns did, and we believe that we should get a portion of that money back,”
It’s unknown at
this time how much money Porter contributed to the fund.
Stinson said it
only makes sense to him to return the money to the municipalities that
contributed, since those contributions came from the Towns’ local tax funds.
“What we’re trying
to do is make sure it doesn’t all get taken out and that it all gets
distributed equitably,” Stinson added.
Commissioner Michael Barry reported the Wagner Road bridge resurfacing work
is on schedule and Wagner Road should be open Friday. Barry also reported
residents should look out for continued work at Waverly Road and U.S. 20
where NIPSCO is relocating poles, causing intermittent closures. Once NIPSCO
is done, INDOT will be releasing a timeline for work on that same
intersection to widen U.S. 20 and create dedicated left-turn lanes.
Barry said a
remediation project at the former Nike Missile Base has started. Rails will
have to be installed for an excavator and then 200 trucks will be in and out
removing and replacing soil. There will be a flagger on Wagner Road during
the project, and there is an order for the project not to cause noise before
8 a.m. Residents can contact Barry with any complaints.
Paving on the
following roads begins in approximately two to three weeks: Portage Avenue,
Eugene Street, Deerfield Lane, 25th Place, 24th Place, W. Burwell Drive, E.
Burwell Drive, Coleman Street, Fleming Street, Ballard Street, Knoelke
Drive, Dune Forest Trail, Triangle Trail, Clark Drive, Six Box Lane, and N.
The Council also
approved Barry to go out for quotes on patching E. Oakhill Road. E. Oakhill
will be resurfaced in spring 2020.
In other business,
the Council passed on second reading an ordinance establishing procedures
for avoiding conflicts of interest in the Building Department. The ordinance
was required, per a change in State Law.