The Porter Town
Council approved a rezone Tuesday for St. Cloud, Minn.-based Anderson
Trucking to build a new training facility in Porter.
said they’re planning to build a 36,000-square foot training and maintenance
facility on land between Shelton Fireworks and the small TA gas station on
the south side of U.S. 20. The company said they’re relocating from Gary to
the site in Porter, which is closer to a major highway interchange.
Once finished the
site will have secure entry, fencing, and semi parking in roughly the same
footprint of the existing asphalt on the site. Anderson bought the property
from TA and agreed on an easement so trucks going in and out of the Anderson
facility can use the access road TA owns to enter and exit U.S. 20 at the
light by Shelton Fireworks. Future owners of the property will also be bound
by the easement, which is intended to improve safety when trucks turn onto
The Town Council
unanimously approved an ordinance rezoning the land from B-3, General
Business, to I-1, Light Industrial. No one spoke for or against the petition
in a public hearing. The rezone had been favorably recommended by the Plan
Fire Chief Jay
Craig reported he’s picking up the PFD’s new fire engine this week. Craig
paid approximately $50,000 out of his 2019 budget for the engine, and the
Town paid the remaining balance of approximately $500,000 using part of the
$830,000 general obligation (GO) bond it acquired last year for the new
engine and park upgrades.
The Council also
approved Craig to enter a mutual aid agreement between the PFD and the
National Park Service.
Brian Bugajski reported the Porter Parks Department 2020 calendar is live on
Commissioner Michael Barry gave an update on the damage strong storms left
at Porter Beach earlier this month. Barry said he met with the Army Corps of
Engineers about the erosion problems at Porter Beach, and they made some
simple recommendations for the west end where a walkway off of Dudley was
washed out and where a curb washed out in front of the old Johnson Inn.
Unlike in some other areas, erosion at Porter Beach hasn’t reached
catastrophic levels, Barry said.
Barry also noted
that talks are ongoing between the Town and the Dunes state and national
parks about combatting traffic problems that arise in the north part of Town
during peak visitation. Barry said the options they’re considering include
creating another route out of Porter Beach and making routes to the beach
and the state park more walkable. Barry said these nonpolitical talks have
been going on for months, and he just wanted residents to know work is being
done to address the congestion.