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Porter Town Council OKs ordinance for beach permits; road improvements coming

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Porter Beach parking permits will increase in price this year as the Town Council voted 5-0 Tuesday on final reading of an ordinance raising the fees.

Compared to 2016 figures, permits for town residents will be $30 instead of $25. Town employees will pay $20 ($15) and senior citizens would be charged $10 ($5), for a maximum of two permits.

For non-residents of the town, those who live in Indiana will pay $60, while those from out of state will pay $100, compared to $50 and $85 respectively.

Seniors who purchase more than two permits can pay the Town resident rate of $30 for each additional permit.

Town residents will need to provide an Indiana’s drivers license and vehicle registration that must contain the same address as proof of residency.

A person who purchases a different car after obtaining a permit may transfer the permit to the new vehicle by providing the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office with a copy of the new vehicle registration and at least half of the current permit. The permit holder would need to bring a bill of sale and application for title to the office and there is a $5 fee for a replacement sticker.

Permits are to go on sale Monday, March 13, at the Town Hall. A total of 600 will be available.

Clerk-Treasurer Carol Pomeroy said the Town will no longer be accepting mail-in applications before the sale. As she stated last month, this is to be fair to the people who stand in line, and those wishing to have a permit should arrange to purchase one at that time.

The Council made one adjustment at second reading Tuesday. Council President Greg Stinson asked that the employee rate be limited to two permits.

“I think that’s fair,” agreed Pomeroy.

Road funding

Meanwhile, the Council held first reading on four different ordinances creating funds for transferring monies within the Town’s budget in order to match the State’s Community Crossings grants.

The state will continue the grants this year for road surfacing, rehabilitation and paving.

The ordinances will create a rainy day restricted fund for Motor Vehicle Highway transfers, a rainy day restricted fund for Major Moves transfers, a rainy day restricted fund for Local Road and Street transfers and a fund to match grant funds for Local Roads and Bridges.

In petitions and comments from the floor, resident Laurie Franke-Polz, of Detroit Rd., asked if the Town had any plans to make road improvements around Dunes Forest between U.S. 12 and U.S. 20, which has major pothole problems.

Stinson said the Town aims to work on those roads with the grant money this year. The Town in 2016 resurfaced and paved many roads near downtown that were specific to a bond issue taken out. With the grant and funds left over, the Town will be able to help those other areas, he told Franke-Polz.

“I’m very glad to hear it. My tires just about can’t take it anymore,” she said.

Franke-Polz further asked about flooding issues at Waverly and Knoelke Drive. Stinson referred Franke-Polz to the stormwater board. Public Works Director Brenda Brueckheimer said she can call her office.

Lots of salt

Brueckheimer reported to the board that according to contracts, she will need to purchase 413 tons of salt for the roads for this winter, despite the fact that temperatures for the past few weeks have been above freezing. She said she wanted the Council to be aware that the salt will be kept, but will take up storage space.

On another note, Brueckheimer said the new utility tractor and boom mower purchased with the help of CEDIT funds last year will be arriving on Wednesday. The new tractor can be used year-round.

“Tomorrow is going to be a glorious day,” Brueckheimer said.

CO and Smoke Detectors

Assistant Fire Chief Jay Craig asked that any landlord for rental properties or mobile homes in town who have not yet turned in their smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector forms to the fire department to please do so. Forms were due by Jan. 31.

Craig asked that landlords make sure they have the new form that includes carbon monoxide detectors, which was added last year.

“If you have the old forms, you need to get the new ones,” Craig said.

In other matters regarding the fire department, the Council approved Craig’s request for two separate allocations of CEDIT (or local income tax as it is now called) of $2,500 each. One will be to match a grant from the Department of Natural Resources while another will be an additional amount for the purchase of bunker equipment this year.

Stinson said the department will be paying another $2,500, which, with CEDIT and the grant match, makes the total $10,000 for the equipment.

The Council unanimously agreed to the request.

Lions Club

Before adjournment, Council member Ross LeBleu lauded the Chesterton Lions Club for all their efforts on the Father/Daughter Dance this past Saturday at Chesterton High School.

LeBleu said he volunteered and found it to be one of his best experiences. There were 660 people in attendance, made up of many different ages and ethnicities, he said.

He congratulated the Club for its success and said he encourages others to volunteer in the future.



Posted 2/15/2017




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