At its meeting last
night, the Porter Town Council unanimously approved a resolution declaring a
and CHS senior Sid Augustyn, the driving force behind last night’s
resolution and a similar one Chesterton adopted in November, said Porter
should adopt his resolution in continuation of the Town’s record of
“The past and
current environmental efforts of this Town are many to enumerate,” Augustyn
said, citing the Porter Plan Commission’s 2009 efforts to design the
Lakeshore Preservation District, which Augustyn said was “widely supported
by residents of Porter Beach and the Town as a whole”, and its extant
efforts in trail mitigation, MS4, and its plastic caps to benches program.
Augustyn said there
are two aims to his resolution: (1) the Town formally recognizes the climate
emergency--which he said is “a fundamental step to addressing the emergency
and supporting future endeavors to combat the crisis”; and (2) the Town
commits to “establish a mechanism to ensure the future of ongoing inclusion
of young people in the process of creating and executing climate-related
policies and actions” in Town.
“The only way to
make a change is through local government, and the youth of Duneland are no
longer silent to this,” Augustyn said. “The youth of Duneland may be young,
but we will stop at nothing to fight for our future, because we are our
Greg Stinson said the resolution was well done. It won unanimous approval
from the Council.
business, Stinson said the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Committee (NIRPC)
has passed a resolution to be sent down to Governor Holcomb’s office urging
him to follow other states and municipalities in declaring a state of
emergency over lakeshore erosion.
Stinson said the
resolution is going downstate on behalf of all 53 government entities
represented at NIRPC. “It’s recognized by even those in the southern parts
of Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties that we’re all lakefront communities,
and we all benefit from the tourism that the lake provides,” Stinson said.
Stinson, and the Porter County Council made their appointments to Porter’s
new citizen Economic Development Commission last night. Stinson said the
Town received 10 applications for the three spots on the EDC, which will be
an advisory entity reviewing requests for tax relief for new development in
appointments are made in staggered terms, but subsequent appointments will
be for four-years, Stinson said. The Council appointed Jim Burge to serve
through 2021, Stinson appointed Elka Nelson to serve through 2022, and the
County Council appointed Rob Pomeroy to serve through the end of 2020.
Meeting dates for
the EDC have not been decided yet, but they must meet within 30 days for an
organizational meeting, per state law. The EDC will meet as needed when
business arises, and meetings will be public.
Nelson and Pomeroy
are both former members of the Town Council. Burge is a former County
Councilman and lost a bid for the fourth ward seat on the Porter Town
Council last year. He currently serves on the Porter Board of Zoning
When asked why he
appointed a former Town Council member to this new commission after a wave
of community concern over new development at the former Splash Down Dunes
waterpark, Stinson said he picked Nelson for her strong understanding of
real estate and municipal finance.
Stinson said the
EDC isn’t the proper avenue for residents to learn on the fly, and several
applicants were up front that they don’t know much about municipal finances.
Stinson added that several applicants remonstrated against the proposed
waterpark development, and he thinks EDC members should be neutral about new
Carol Pomeroy reported beach permits go on sale March 9 and 10 to Porter
residents. Residents are limited to buying two permits per household and
buying four permits at one time if they are buying for friends or family.
Residents who are buying for others may get back in line if they need to buy
more than four permits.
Residents need to
have a valid driver’s license and car registration with a Porter address to
buy permits on the first two days of the sale. Since Porter addresses are
sometimes mistakenly listed as Chesterton due to the shared zip code, Police
Chief Jamie Spanier noted that only the legal address on the car
registration matters. If the mailing address says Chesterton, but the legal
address (in smaller print in the corner of the registration) says Porter,
approved Fire Chief Jay Craig to do the annual application for the Indiana
Department of Natural Resources matching firefighting grant and approved the
receipt of approximately $5,000 from this year’s DNR matching grant. The
Council also reupped its Fire Services contract with Westchester Township.
Changes in the contract, which is based on call volume, were negligible,
according to Stinson.
Craig thanked the
community for its support of the dedication of the Lewis T. Craig Sr. Heroes
Memorial Garden and in-service ceremony for the PFD’s new fire engine
Sunday. “I also want to mention our great appreciation to the Town of Porter
and Town Council for working with us toward that purchase and bringing that
piece of equipment into the station,” Craig added.
Craig said the new
engine went on its first two calls shortly after the ceremony. The PFD took
it for a mutual aid call from Chesterton, then responded to a car accident.