Just as it did two
weeks ago, the Porter Town Council appointed Jeannine Virtue and Joe
Simanski to the Redevelopment Commission, only this time it counts.
The Council were
notified by Town Attorney Greg Sobkowski that the vote done by ballot at the
Jan. 12 meeting was not a valid way to make appointments since it wasn’t
disclosed how each Council member voted.
Frost, who was at the previous meeting instead of Sobkowski, said the board
could do a written vote if they wanted to, but it was overlooked that
Council members needed to sign their names to their ballots.
“As we found out,
we mistakenly used an improper method last time. We will now start fresh,”
Council President Greg Stinson told his fellow members.
In Tuesday’s vote,
Stinson voted for Virtue and Simanksi. Tim Conroy voted for Pomeroy and
Virtue. Erik Wagner voted for Virtue and Simanski. Ross LeBleu voted for
Pomeroy and Virtue. William Lopez voted for Simanski and Virtue.
“Now everyone knows
how we voted,” Stinson said.
and Pomeroy were all members of the RDC last year. Besides the two Council
appointments, the three presidential appoints are Lopez, Wagner and LeBleu.
In other old
business, Stinson named Cindy Rojas as the appointment to the Plan
Commission. She will be the member filling out Wagner’s term, who had to
step down when he joined the Council in January.
New signage coming
Also, the Council
agreed to a resolution for an interlocal agreement between communities for
the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission’s Unified Trail
Wayfinding Guide. Federal aid will be received to install signage on the
bike trails that connect communities throughout Northwest Indiana.
The idea is to have
signs with the same design so users can easily follow the trail.
“There are plenty
of people who travel great distances on these trails,” Stinson commented.
Porter’s part of
the trail system is on the Prairie-Duneland Trail, which is connected to the
On a similar note,
the Council unanimously approved a local match of $10,000 for a $100,000
grant from the Highway Safety Improvement Program, coordinated through the
Indiana Department of Transportation.
The grant is for
design and implementation of signs, said Porter’s Director of Development
Michael Barry, replacing older signs that are no longer compliant with new
ones that are.
At its next
meeting, the Council will vote on a policy of when it is required to notify
the Indiana State Board of Accounts of any variances, irregularities,
shortages, losses or thefts in their accounts.
the materiality threshold be $100, but the Council has the power to set it
at a figure it deems appropriate.
The Council favored
$100 as the threshold and any two variances per month that add up to more
than $100 must also be reported.
Clerk-Treasurer Carol Pomeroy what her input on the policy should be, she
said “I don’t know. It’s never happened in the 12 years I’ve been here.”
states that the Town shall investigate any thefts or discrepancies and
“implement measures to prevent such incidences.”
St. Baldrick’s time
“We’re going bald
again!” Stinson said before adjourning the meeting. He has agreed to shave
his head again in April to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation
campaign for pediatric cancer research.
Stinson, who said
this will be his fourth year participating in the event, encouraged anyone
from the Town to join him in going under the clippers. Wagner said he plans
to join in.
The team will be in
sponsorship of resident Phoenix Bridegroom who was diagnosed with acute
lymphoblastic leukemia in 2011.
Stinson said he
aims for the team to raise $7,000 this year, optimistic they can top last
year’s total of a little more than $5,000.
He offered this bit
of advice to his colleagues, “Grow your hair out between now and April.
People are more likely to give you a donation if you need a haircut.”
36 years of service
Works Director Brenda Brueckheimer said Carl Copollo Jr. has set the record
of 36 years running as a town employee.
Copollo sitting in the audience that he is “the longest serving employee in