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Summer is bustin' out all over Porter as July 4 fest, fireworks and parades near

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Summer heads into full swing next week, and the Town of Porter is co-hosting several events discussed at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting.

July 2 is the Duneland fireworks display at Indiana Dunes State Park. Police chief James Spanier said a news release will be issued with event information including the scheduling of shuttle buses to the lakefront and Porter Beach.

He also said flyers are available at the Porter town hall that will speed the direction of traffic through parking check-points if a flyer is placed in the vehicle’s window.

At 11:59 p.m. July 3 the downtown Porter midnight parade readies to step off. Parade applications are available at the Village Tavern or the Porter Public Works building on Beam Street. No entrants will be allowed who do not display an issued parade placard.

July 4 Duneland Business Initiative Group and the Porter Park Department host the day-long Family 4th Fest in Hawthorne Park that concludes with fireworks there. Applications for this parade are due Friday; for more information contact 921-1687 or

Park director Brian Bugajski said volunteers are needed to help work the 4th Fest. He also announced the Porter children’s park program at Hawthorne will go on hiatus next week resuming July 8-28.

Monday night proved to be a little too much summer as far as the weather was concerned.

Brueckheimer said Porter survived the night’s severe thunderstorm with no lift station overflows, and the numerous tree limbs downed all were cleared from streets. Town assistant fire chief Jay Craig said his firefighters responded to all of its calls in Chesterton where damage was more extensive.

Craig reminded residents not to call 911 unless there is a life-threatening situation or imminent danger to property.

Brueckheimer said her workers can’t take residents’ tree limbs piled higher than 4 feet tall and asked that the cut tree ends be stacked facing the street.

Hageman cupola duplicated

It was learned the Porter Public Works building is adding a memorial monument area near the fire station, and Tyler Bogue of Boy Scout Troop 928 has made a contribution for his Eagle Scout project.

Bogue showed the Town Council a slide show and described how he designed and built a replica of the former Hageman School cupola. A photo of the two-story brick school hangs in the town hall. Hageman Library now stands on the site.

Room was left in the top of the new cupola where a bell eventually will be hung. Bogue, 17, said he took measurements off the original wooden cupola that was saved and duplicated it with the help of others down to the shake shingles.

Said Brueckheimer, “He did a fantastic job. He was a great team player.” The town also has a World War II canon waiting to be restored and added to the monument site.

Porter Beach items

Council president Elka Nelson asked what the policy is on issuing licenses to park on town streets at Porter Beach if a homeowner is landlocked from parking on their own property. Previous councils granted such licenses and associate town attorney Laura Frost was asked to review the matter.

Frost also will investigate town policy regarding food sales at Porter Beach. Spanier said Porter needs a new procedure, especially regarding background checks for vendors and employees.

Earlier in the meeting the police chief urged residents to keep their vehicles locked when not in use. Porter and Chesterton both have experienced recent thefts. “Almost to a car they’ve been unlocked,” Spanier advised. “Lock your cars or lose your stuff.”

Also Tuesday, the upcoming Relay for Life cancer-awareness event received council permission for organizers to hang purple ribbons on Porter lightposts and erect signs in the downtown area June 30-July 16.

The council transfered $20,000 from the CEDIT fund for lease payments on the police station to cover an anticipated shortfall this year. The council also adopted an ordinance under suspension of the rules retroactively formalizing their prior vote and approval in March loaning the general fund $400,000 from the rainy day fund to cover operating expenses until the spring property taxes were distributed. Both votes were 5-0.

The Fire Department sought and was granted $2,882 from the CEDIT fund for flow-testing air packs.

On second and final reading the council adopted ordinances extending a bounced-check fee to electronic checks that’s don’t clear, and repealing a town code section dealing with repair/replacement of culverts on private property.


Posted 6/26/2013