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Reuse and recycle nets Town of Porter real savings, council learns

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The Town of Porter may have saved approximately $30,000 or more by reusing equipment rather than buying it new.

The Town Council approved a change-order Tuesday adding $4,770 to the cost of upgrading and relocating a spare back-up generator from the former Porter Avenue sewer lift station to the Triangle lift station.

Doing so brings the Triangle generator project to just under $19,000 when it would have cost $50,000 to $60,000 to purchase a new back-up generator, said town director of development Michael Barry.

A new Porter Avenue lift station with its own generator was built last year and is now in operation.

Recycling by the Park Department was recognized at Tuesday's council meeting as LaRae Dykstra of Metro Recycling presented park director Brian Bugajski with an oversized check for $125 as proceeds from a joint recycling effort this summer in the parks.

The director reminded the public of Friday's 8 p.m. free outdoor showing of The Sandlot, a baseball-themed family movie at the Hawthorne Park ballfield. Free popcorn will be served. Bugajski thanked Westchester Public Library for the use of its projector and outdoor screen.

Porter Parks also will host Porter's Perfect Pint brewfest Oct. 11 as well as three painting classes this month. For more information visit the Park Department at or on Facebook.

Perfect Pint tickets are available now at The specialty beer tasting and silent auction is a fundraiser for the Porter Park and Fire departments.

Voting 4-0 with member Elka Nelson absent, the council agreed to pay a combined $495.75 from the sewer utility fund for two claims from Haas & Associates Engineering; a third $620.50 claim for easement work was forwarded to the Redevelopment Commission for payment.

The council formally accepted an annual report from the RDC and indicated it would file the document by the state's deadline to do so.

In closing comments councilman David Wodrich thanked the Porter Fire Department for responding as mutual aid to a recent fire at his Third Coast Spice Cafe restaurant in Chesterton. The business was closed briefly for clean-up but has reopened.

After the meeting council president Greg Stinson confirmed department heads are preparing their proposed 2015 budgets and a draft town budget likely will be presented later this month. No budget workshop is planned. A public hearing will be conducted at a later date.



Posted 8/13/2014