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Stinson and Lopez lead Porter Town Council for 2017

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The new year will not look a whole lot different for Porter town government as the Town Council Tuesday made many reappointments.

The evening’s 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.

Council liaison 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.

In citizen appointments, Stinson reappointed Tara Duffie to the Plan Commission as his presidential appointment. He also reappointed Jim Erikkson to the Stormwater Management Board.

The Redevelopment 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.

Council members made two nominations for the open spot on the Police Commission.

Finlay nominated 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.

Stinson appointed himself to a seat on the Northwest Indiana Plan Commission and appointed Lopez to the Duneland Economic Development Commission.

Lisa Wodrich 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.

Innovative Test Solutions was again approved as the Town’s IT consultant.

Town Clerk-Treasurer Carol Pomeroy said there were no major changes in any of the contracts presented.

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 sector entities.

Town Director of Development and Building Commissioner Michael Barry presented 156 contractors for the Council’s approval.

“It’s January,” said Barry in explaining the number.

Benefit run

Parks Director 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 at


Posted 1/11/2017





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