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
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
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
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
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
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
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