The Porter Town
Council approved purchase of two new police vehicles Tuesday, and one will
be equipped with a $14,775 system to spot stolen vehicles.
License Plate Recognition package constantly runs plates looking for stolen
cars and wanted subjects, then alerts officers with pictures and advises
which direction the vehicle is traveling, according to Porter police chief
He told the
council the LPR system can run 100 plates per minute and will be installed
on a new 2011 Dodge Charger patrol car to be purchased from Thomas Dodge for
was the purchase of a $27,7734 Ford Escape Hybrid from Lake Shore Ford as a
detective vehicle; Spanier said the flex-fuel option will save money as the
cost of gasoline continues to climb. An additional $4,200 equipment package
will be added.
In both cases
the car vendor chosen submitted the lowest price of three quotes obtained.
Spanier said Porterís application for federal grant money to purchase at
least two additional hybrid vehicles is pending.
Porter Public Works director Brenda Brueckheimer sought and was given
$25,000 from the town Redevelopment Commission toward the purchase of three
electronic, portable message boards from low bidder Ver-Mac.
Public Works and
the Police Department will fund the balance of the not-to-exceed $40,000
cost, she said, but any department could use the signs if available.
said with the many road/sewer projects undertaken by Porter and its numerous
events that take place, the signs can convey valuable information to
motorists and the public as well as increase safety for town workers on the
She noted how
the message boards currently are being used in Chesterton to divert traffic
around the downtown road closures.
Brueckheimer told Porter officials the recent Waverly Road culvert
replacement went well with the help of other town departments to maintain
public access to Porter Beach. Downtown residents and business owners also
were thanked for their patience during the manhole replacement project.
of engineering Matt Keiser said all manholes are installed and road
restoration is in progress. With the nearly $300,000 project wrapping up,
bids now will be solicited to reline downtown sanitary sewers this summer.
The upgrades are being funded with $5 million in bonds issued last year.
business, the Town Council welcomed an offer from resident Tony Davern, 14,
of Troop 998 to install 37 bike racks around Porter as his Eagle Scout
project. The racks were delivered last fall through a 100 percent grant
award. Pending final Scouting approval, Davern and volunteers would have the
racks installed this spring; those interested in helping can contact the
Jim Miller reminded residents the annual Porter Easter Egg Hunt will start
sharply at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hawthorne Park for ages 1 through 9. The
Easter Bunny will attend and refreshments will be served.
Voting 5-0 the
Town Council granted a permit for State Park Little League to conduct a
parade April 29 at 4:45 p.m. to start its baseball/ softball season.
said spring clean-up is going well and residents can call Public Works to
arrange pick-up of separated yard waste.