A representative of
the Porter Cove Homeowners Association asked the Porter Town Council at its
meeting Tuesday if he could be put on the next meeting agenda to present a
marketing strategy to raise money for Kids Cove Park.
Blake Lange, who
resides on Essex Drive in Porter Cove, said he’s been appointed as the
Association’s “leader” for the effort to improve the park. He said he’s had
discussions with Town Council members Bill Lopez and Erik Wagner along with
Parks Director Brian Bugajski about a plan to raise money.
Lange agreed to
present an outline of the plan and provide the Town Council with details
before its Aug. 22 meeting. The campaign will include approaching
corporations for donations and one has already agreed to provide lighting
for the park.
“I think that’s a
good direction that we are already taking,” Lange said.
Greg Stinson advised Lange that there are laws the Town must follow to get
donations since the park is Town property. Any agreements would need to be
done through the Town, he said.
Lange said he may
have a time conflict, but either he or someone from the Association will be
ready to present the plan on Aug. 22.
Early this year,
the Council heard Porter Cove resident Gus Brown’s request that the Town
work on a plan for Kids Cove, contending the park has been a “muddy mess.”
Bugajski then said
that a new plan had begun in 2015 with the first step being to remove unsafe
structures, followed by drainage improvements.
Town Council member
Ross LeBleu last month said he is willing to help in the effort but was
surprised when no fundraising was done during the Family 4th Fest. He
suggested the residents get involved in the upcoming Porter Perfect Pint
event to get donations.
Dunes Acre fire
matters, the Council approved a four-year contract for the Porter Volunteer
Fire Department to provide fire protection to the Town of Dune Acres.
The contract will
be from 2018 to 2021. Dune Acres will compensate Porter at $19,150 for the
first year, $19,724 for the second, $20,316 for the third and $20,925 for
PFD will make its
services available to Dune Acres to the same degree it does for Porter, the
contract said. Porter will make an annual report to Dunes Acres. The
contract may be terminated by either party with a sixty-day notice.
Town Director of
Development Mike Barry said paving projects should begin by next week. A
notification of what roads will be resurfaced will be sent to the
Chesterton Tribune, he said.
The plan, Barry
said, is to first get all the roads done that are south of U.S. 12. The ones
to the north, up to Porter Beach, will be after Labor Day.
“It will be nice to
see the work start,” Stinson commented.
“It will be nicer
to see when it’s finished,” Barry replied.
In Council reports,
Stinson announced that Amy Waecheter-Versaw has relocated to Indianapolis
and resigned from her position on the Town’s Plan Commission and Board of
Hers being a
presidential appointment, Stinson said he will appoint Laura Madigan in
Waecheter-Versaw’s place. Madigan meets the requirement of being a
registered Democrat since the two citizen presidential appointments
currently sitting on the Plan Commission are Republicans.
See the Wizard
Bugajski said the
Westchester Public Library System and the Chesterton-Porter Rotary will be
hosting the last of the Family Concert and Films series for this year on
Friday night at Hawthorne Park.
The musical group
Strings and Keys will be performing at 7 p.m., followed by the 1939 film
“The Wizard of Oz.”
“If you are
interested and want to see a classic film, come out to the park. It’s free,”
said Bugajski. The Rotary and Library will have a few added activities to go
with the movie such as a costume contest, he said.
Also, Bugajski said
he thanks the Duneland Chamber of Commerce for awarding the Parks Department
its New Construction award. It also received a certificate of recognition
from U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly’s office.
In other matters
related to Hawthorne Park, the Council voted 5-0 to allow the Triple Crown
Baseball Team to use the baseball field, requested by coach Mike Rubens.
Bugajski said the coaches have completed all the documents such as
insurance. The Team also agrees to perform a spring clean-up of the field
and maintain surface areas during the season.
Tuesday included a $1,180 allocation from local income tax funds to repair
the doors at Town Hall and to allow the Crazy Legs Race Series to run its
Stache Dash 4 Mile Run at Hawthorne Park on Monday, Sept. 4
Going bald again
At the end of the
meeting, Stinson announced he will be participating once again in Valparaiso
University’s St. Baldrick’s event to raise funds for pediatric cancer
his colleagues on the Council and anyone else willing to participate in
raising funds and shaving their heads on Nov. 4 in support of resident
Phoenix Bridegroom who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in
2011. The Porter4Phoneix page has been set up at