The new year will
not look a whole lot different for Porter town government as the Town
Council Tuesday made many reappointments.
agenda consisted of appointments and contracts for 2017 and not much else.
First, the Council
voted unanimously on Ross LeBleu’s motion to elect Greg Stinson for
president and on Erik Wagner’s motion for Bill Lopez to be vice-president.
appointments to departments include Lopez for Public Works, LeBleu for
Police, Wagner for Parks, Brian Finlay for the Volunteer Fire Department and
Stinson for Town Hall.
appointments, Stinson reappointed Tara Duffie to the Plan Commission as his
presidential appointment. He also reappointed Jim Erikkson to the Stormwater
Commission included three presidential appointments, all of which were
Council members -- Erik Wagner, Brian Finlay and Bill Lopez.
The Council made
two appointments of their own to the RDC -- Jeannine Virtue, a
reappointment, and Elka Nelson.
made two nominations for the open spot on the Police Commission.
Mark Lynk and Lopez nominated David Silver-thorn.
Lynk won a
reappointment with Wagner, LeBleu and Finlay’s votes. Lopez and Stinson
voted for Silverthorn.
himself to a seat on the Northwest Indiana Plan Commission and appointed
Lopez to the Duneland Economic Development Commission.
submitted a letter of interest to continue serving as the tri-town
appointment to the Porter County Tourism Commission board. The Council voted
5-0 for her to be the nomination.
The Council voted
5-0 to keep the current department heads.
In other business,
the Council renewed several contracts.
The Town will
retain Umbaugh and Associates as its financial consultant.
James Mandon will
continue as the Town’s Planner.
Haas and Associates
will be contracted as the Town’s engineering firm. Also approved were
contracts with Global Engineering and Abonmarche.
Solutions was again approved as the Town’s IT consultant.
Clerk-Treasurer Carol Pomeroy said there were no major changes in any of the
Stinson said the
contract for MCR Partners LTD was pulled for not having been completed. The
Hammond, Ind., firm specializes in consulting for both public and private
Town Director of
Development and Building Commissioner Michael Barry presented 156
contractors for the Council’s approval.
said Barry in explaining the number.
Brian Bugajski said that Crazy Legs Race Series will be holding a benefit 5K
run on the morning of Sunday, Jan. 29, and asked if the Council would waive
the rental fee the Community Center at Hawthorne Park. The Council
unanimously agreed to do so.
The Running for
Alexandria 5K walk/run, which starts at 9 a.m., will be replacing the Frozen
Feet 5K, Bugajski said. All proceeds will go to help Alexandria Ellis who
was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy last year. Sign-ups can be made