At least one
resident showed up to the Porter Town Council meeting last night to comment
on the proposed luxury apartments planned for the old Waterpark, though the
proposed plan isnít at the Council level yet.
Greg Stinson announced last night that the matter of Wiess Entities--the
same developer who built Lakes of Valparaiso--building a luxury apartment
complex with as many as six buildings, a dog run, clubhouse, and other
amenities on the old Waterpark isnít before the Council yet.
Stinson said the
Plan Commission is still considering the project, and there will be a public
hearing at the next Plan Commission meeting, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 at
the Town Hall, where residents can voice their opinions about the potential
development. Wiess is seeking to rezone the property from B-3, general
business, to R-4, multi-family residential.
Commissioner Michael Barry said residents who canít attend that meeting are
welcome to send letters or emails, which will be read at the meeting and
made public record. Those interested can direct letters to the Building &
Development Department at Town of Porter, 303 Franklin Street, Porter, or
reach Barry at email@example.com.
Stinson said the
Town wants to hear from residents who are both for and against the project
because itís a major undertaking.
During the public
comment portion of the meeting, another resident mentioned that Fleming
Street is like one huge sheet of ice currently. Stinson said the Council
would get someone out there to salt it. In related business, Barry, who has
been standing in as head of Public Works, reported the last of the
anti-icing equipment he ordered has arrived and will be in use shortly.
appointed Sarah Olson as the new Public Works Superintendent. Barry said
itís not common that the Town is able to promote from within since there
arenít many employees to begin with, but it was clear Olson was the one for
the job. ďIím very happy to have Sarah take that spot,Ē Barry said.
Stinson said he
agreed with Barry: ďIíve watched and observed and spoken to people, and the
right person is already there.Ē Stinson added that itís great to be in a
position to promote from within.
The Council passed
on first reading an amendment to the 2019 salary ordinance and suspended its
rules to adopt the change on second reading so Olson can start getting paid
for her new position.
There was standing
room only at the meeting last night, and those in attendance applauded when
the Council voted unanimously to appoint Olson.
The Council voted
to switch from United Healthcareís Prestige plan to Unitedís Core plan for
employee health insurance. The Prestige plan would have increased by about
$3,000 a month for next year, Stinson said. The switch stands to save the
Town eight percent without changing benefits for employees.
Stinson noted that
the Town is not changing carriers, as a previous headline in the
Chesterton Tribune suggested. The Town is staying with United, but
changing plans, which involves a new provider network that doesnít include
two Illinois hospitals covered under the current plan.
Stinson also noted
that Steve Brady, the Townís insurance consultant, checked that no current
employees are receiving treatment at those facilities--University of Chicago
Hospital and Lurie Childrenís Hospital--so there will be no interruption in
approved a quote for Gasvoda & Associates to provide chopper pumps at the
lift station in Woodlake Springs for $41,976. Barry said the pumps should
arrive and be installed in six to eight weeks. The new system will solve an
ongoing problem with solid waste being discarded and clogging the pumps in
approved Clerk-treasurer Carol Pomeroy to pay the Porter Volunteer
Firefighters. Stinson also reported the Fire Department is hosting its
annual open house Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Santa will be there, and the
Porter FD will be collecting nonperishable food and Toys for Tots. Stinson
encouraged those who canít stop by the open house to still drop in to donate
a food item or toy in the coming weeks.
Brian Bugajski received approval to pay Recreation Contractor LLC $26,020.40
for installing the new playground equipment at Porter Cove Park. The funding
came from the $830,000 general obligation (GO) bond the Town secured last
year for a new fire truck and park upgrades.
Bugajski said the
new equipment looks great, and heís looking forward to putting in a
Vice-president Bill Lopez congratulated Olson on her new position. He also
reminded residents to abide by the Townís snow parking bans since the
weather has turned.
everyone who supported him and Council member Erik Wagner in their
fundraising for St. Baldrickís this year and said invitations for the Town
Christmas party will be going out soon. This yearís celebration is Dec. 13
at the Spa Special Events Center.