The Porter Town
Council has decided not to list the old Porter Ave. lift station property
At the Councilís
meeting Tuesday night, Building Commissioner Michael Barry reported that
after researching the old lift station property at the end of Porter Ave.,
he found a discrepancy in its legal description. According to Barry, Porter
acquired the parcel in 1916. At that time, it was a square, one-acre lot.
When I-94 was built in 1954, a corner of the property was clipped off to
make way for the highway.
This change isnít
reflected in the legal description for the property. In order to sell it,
the Town would have to update the legal description and have the land
surveyed again. Barry estimates that would cost upwards of $4,500. Only two
bidders--abutting property owner Roger Hess and Shirley Heinze Land
Trust--have expressed interest in the property, so Barry recommended the
Town hold on to the parcel for now. The Council agreed.
Fire Chief Jay
Craig reported that engine 910, which sustained some damage on a call, has
been repaired. The Town met its $1,000 insurance deductible and received a
reimbursement check for $2,213.40 for the rest of the cost.
In other Fire
Department news, the emergency reporting software the Fire Department uses
is up for renewal. Craig said it costs $1,420, and Porter usually teams up
with Chesterton FD and Westchester Township to make the purchase. The
Council approved him approaching Westchester Township on the matter.
Duneland Chamber of
Commerce President Maura Durham appeared to ask the Council to support this
yearís lakefront fireworks display, scheduled for July 2 with a rain date of
The Council opted
to donate $2,500 in in-kind services, specifically for police and fire
Erik Wagner noted that the next Town Council meeting would have fallen on
election day, May 8. The Council agreed to reschedule the first May meeting
for 7 a.m. Thursday, May 10, at the Town Hall.