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Residents eye fundraising plan for Porter Kids Cove Park

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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.

Council President 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 contract

In business 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 the fourth.

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.

Road Projects

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 Zoning Appeals.

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.

Other approvals 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 research.

Stinson encouraged 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 for anyone who wants to join or donate.

“We always raise a good amount of money and have a lot of fun,” Stinson said. “I encourage all of you to go bald with me. I haven’t cut my hair in three months because I knew this was coming.”



Posted 8/9/2017




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