The Town of Porter
was awarded $623,697.30 in Community Crossings matching grant funds for
paving projects, Building Commissioner Michael Barry reported at last
night’s Town council meeting.
For a town the size
of Porter, a Community Crossings grant is a 75/25 match. For larger towns,
like Chesterton, it’s a 50/50 match.
Barry reported that
INDOT now has two annual calls for projects for Community Crossings, so the
Town will apply for the second round of awards soon.
re-upped the Town’s contract with the Westchester Township Board to provide
fire protection to a portion of unincorporated Westchester Township. The
Board pays both Porter and Chesterton fire departments to provide this
service for different areas of the Township, and the departments are paid
based on the number of calls responded to in the previous year.
The Council passed
on first reading Ordinance 2019-05, returned checks.
“This is just to
codify what is already kind of a general practice which relates to
individuals who have tried to pay the Town and had checks or credit cards
denied twice,” according to Council President Greg Stinson.
stipulates that if residents trying to pay their fees bounce two checks or
have credit or debit cards rejected twice, they will have to pay by cash or
money order going forward.
The Council also
amended the salary ordinance. Stinson said the change was mainly to reflect
the addtition of two new postions--a general manager in the Street
Department and an MS4 inspector.
Since the amendment
involved no additional expenditures, the Council approved the amendment on
first reading, then suspended its rules to finalize the amendment in the
Vice-president Bill Lopez commented on the March 15 State of Tourism event
put on at Riley’s Railhouse by Indiana Dunes Tourism. Lopez said the
presentation by Tourism Director Lorelei Weimer was very informative, and he
thinks many residents don’t know about the programs that Dunes Tourism
offers for kids. “I think a lot of residents don’t take advantage of it, and
they should use it a little bit more,” Lopez said.
that he has indicated to the Porter County Clerk that Porter will not have a
municipal primary on May 7 because there are no contested races. Stinson
noted that the Town hall will still be a polling place for residents to vote
yes or no on the Duneland Schools referendum question.