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Republican Tim Conroy resigns seat on Porter Town Council

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By KEVIN NEVERS

The Porter Town Council’s only Republican has resigned his seat, effective Friday, Oct. 7.

President Greg Stinson, D-2nd, announced at Tuesday night’s meeting that Tim Conroy resigned his seat after selling his house in the 5th District and being unable to find another in the same district.

Conroy “wants to stay in the Town of Porter but can’t find a home in his district,” Stinson said.

Under Indiana Code, town council members are elected at-large but must reside in the district which they represent. Conroy ran unopposed for the seat in last year’s municipal election.

A GOP caucus has not yet been scheduled to elect a successor. Residents of the 5th District interested in serving should contact Sundae Schoon at Porter County Voter Registration at 465-3486.

“I would like to thank him for his 10 months,” Stinson said. “He was quite diligent and I enjoyed working with him. He will be missed.”

Grant for Playground Equipment

In other business, members voted unanimously to hold a public hearing at its Oct. 25 meeting on an additional appropriation from the Park Donations Account of $46,000, over and above the previously approved 2016 appropriation of $5,000.

Parks Director Brian Bugajski told the council that the total amount, $51,000, would be used as a match for a grant from GameTime, a manufacturer of playground equipment. That grant will be used to purchase playground equipment for Hawthorne Park, Bugajski said.

In related business, members also voted unanimously to authorize Bugajski to seek three quotes for playground equipment. After the meeting, Bugajski told the Chesterton Tribune that one of those quotes will be from GameTime.

Fair Labor Standards Act

Members also voted unanimously to table a proposed ordinance which would have raised the threshold at which municipal employees receive overtime to $47,000, in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act.

As it happens, that piece of federal legislation is being contested in court and may be stayed prior to the Dec. 1 deadline by which municipalities are supposed to revise their salary ordinances to reflect the act.

Porter Perfect Pint

Bugajski took a moment at the beginning of the meeting to thank everyone who made this year’s edition of the Porter Perfect Pint event another smashing success: Liz Tilden; Leroy and Bubba Florez; the Duneland Seniors for manning the door and checking IDs; Epic Limo for providing safe rides home after the event; those who donated items for the silent auction; and the Porter Fire Department.

 

 

Posted 10/12/2016

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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