The Porter Town
Council set a public hearing at its meeting last night for an ordinance
appropriating the funds from the $830,000 General Obligation (GO) bond the
Town secured last year for new park equipment and a new fire truck.
The Council set the
matter for public hearing at its March 12 meeting.
establishes three funds from which the Town can pay related expenses. The
funds will be for park equipment, fire truck, and other capital.
Greg Stinson emphasized that the ordinance is only for the creation of
funds--it doesn’t set in stone how much money will go toward certain
Stinson said the
beginning balance for the park equipment fund from the bond is set at
$75,000 per the ordinance, but the amount of bond money that will be spent
on park equipment has not yet been decided.
“We are not capping
what we plan on spending on park equipment at $75,000, necessarily. It’s
just that if we didn’t establish the funds at this time we would have to put
through another ordinance and another public hearing later in the year,”
Stinson said. “At the end of the year, we’ll have the budget lines
available, and we can move money without any need for public hearings.”
Stinson said the
cost of the park upgrades that residents have been asking for isn’t known,
and putting off the process of establishing the funds until it is could slow
down planning and payments on all the projects the GO bond is for.
Stinson said it
would be nice if $75,000 got the project done, but he fully expects the Town
will spend more.
In other financial
business, the Council declared a fund dormant and transferred the remaining
balance to the Town’s rainy day fund. Stinson said the fund declared dormant
was previously used to pay for the new police station and had money left
over--approximately $84,144.84--after the Town paid off the station early.
Fire Chief Jay
Craig reported the Porter FD ran 62 calls in January with a spike in calls
the week of the polar vortex. Craig said thanks to volunteers, the station
stayed fully-staffed during the four days of record low temperatures.
Craig also reported
five prospective Porter firefighters have enrolled in the District 1 fire
academy, and Firefighter of the month is Glenn Zaideman.