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Town of Porter nets $623k paving grant

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By LILY REX

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.

Westchester Fire Contract

The Council 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.

Ordinances

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.

The ordinance 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 same night.

Council Comments

Council 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.

Stinson reported 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.

Town of Porter public works reminders

Spring clean-up begins Monday, April 15 and ends on Friday, May 3, following the weekly leaf schedule.

Residents are reminded that the Town’s brush and leaf rules can be found online at townofporter.com on the “Public Works” page.

 

Posted 3/27/2019

 
 
 
 

 

 

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