The Porter Town
Council approved placement of a micropantry donation box at its meeting last
Commissioner Michael Barry reported that he received word that Porter
resident Angel Berg, 17, wants to install a micropantry donation box in
Porter as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project and in partial
fulfillment of her creativity, activity, and service requirements for the
International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Barry said there used to be a
similar drop-off in town, but it was on a rental property. The owner has
since moved, taking the box with.
The idea is for
residents to put non-perishable items in the box whenever convenient, and
those in need can take from it as needed. It will be accessible 24-hours a
day. Berg wants the micropantry on the police station’s property to avoid
vandalism. Police Chief Jamie Spanier gave his okay, as long as the box is
placed in view of security cameras.
Barry said he
thinks that a micropantry is a great idea. Council President Erik Wagner and
Council member Greg Stinson also praised the plan.
Fire Chief Jay
Craig reported that the Porter FD has won a $6,000 grant from ArcelorMittal
for the purchase of a thermal imaging camera, but did not win the NIPSCO
grant for new extrication equipment.
Porter FD ran 57
calls last month, bringing them to 494 calls for the year. Craig said, in
addition to being more busy than usual by number of calls, 17 percent of the
time, they’re running multiple calls at once. “In fact, it happened today.
That’s three times in the last week,” he said.
Firefighter of the
month is Ron Augustyn.
Supervisor Brenda Brueckheimer proposed that Porter join with Chesterton to
have a joint surplus auction on Oct. 17. Brueckheimer said Porter’s surplus
will be taken to the Chesterton Street Department and the auction will be
conducted there. The towns will take tickets separately, receive their own
checks for the profits, and split the $600 auctioneer fee. The Council
that St. Baldrick’s at Valparaiso University is Nov. 3. “I am throwing in
the challenge to everyone in Town, especially employees,” Stinson said,
noting he’s forming a team for the Town. He also promised to personally
match the first $2,000 raised.
The Porter Town
Council approved a $504,040 additional appropriation from the local road and
bridge matching grant fund to pay for the work done on the 2018 community
crossing paving projects. No one spoke for or against the appropriation at a
The Council also
approved two contracts with Umbaugh, one for GO bonds and one for arbitrage
compliance services. Umbaugh will be working on a general bond that may go
to the purchase of a new fire truck or new park equipment. More details will
be made available as the work progresses.