The Porter Public
Works Department will be under new leadership soon, as the Porter Town
Council voted 4-1 last night to terminate Public Works Supervisor Brenda
Greg Stinson began last night’s Town Council meeting by saying, “I know why
most of you are here.” Almost every seat was filled--many of those in
attendance there in support of Brueckheimer.
Stinson warned the
crowd that he would likely respond to any public comments and questions with
just a “thank you.”
“This is a
personnel matter, and as such I cannot really get into a dialogue openly, in
a public forum, discussing an employee matter,” Stinson said.
surprised that no one spoke when he called for public comment. Porter
resident Elka Nelson said, “You know why we’re here, so why waste your
time?”, from her seat.
Stinson, Brueckheimer was suspended with pay on Friday. Stinson wouldn’t
comment further about why she was suspended or terminated. Member Ross
LeBleu wouldn’t comment further on why he voted against the termination.
Commissioner Michael Barry will provide support to the Public Works
Department as needed until the Council hires a new Supervisor, according to
comments, Stinson said he likes Brueckheimer personally, and recommending
her termination was one of the toughest decisions, if not the toughest, that
he’s had to make as a Councilman, though he said he knows it’s “little
Carol Pomeroy reported there is new data in about water use at the old
Spring House Inn. A couple months back, the new owners of the Inn requested
the Council adjust their water bill after a major leak in the swimming pool
was fixed. The pool had been leaking since the Inn was sold.
Pomeroy said the
latest bill shows that the Inn is using a lot less water, and the Council
voted unanimously to issue a credit of $11,886.23 for over-payment on past
Police Chief Jamie
Spanier reported there has been a lot of activity at Porter Beach, and
visitors trying to leave between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. should generally expect
Brian Bugajski reported several playground providers have expressed interest
since he put out a Request for Proposals for new playground equipment at
Kids Cove Park. The RFPs are due Friday, and Bugajski plans to have a
recommendation ready at the Council’s next meeting.
Bugajski also made
a reminder that the Westchester Public Library’s free summer concert and
film series is at Hawthorne Park Friday. The South Shore Brass Band will
play at 7 p.m., followed by a showing of “Newsies.” Bugajski thanked WPL and
the Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club for their partnership in putting on the