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Town of Porter to consider funding study of South Shore tourism shuttle

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The Porter Town Council will consider whether to help fund a tourism feasibility study when it meets Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Also that night the townís Stormwater Management Board meets at 5 p.m. and the Redevelopment Commission at 6 p.m. All meetings take place at the town hall.

The Town Council will hear a second presentation regarding proposed use of donated historic South Shore passenger cars as either an operating tourism shuttle to local points of interest, or as a moving or stationary South Shore display.

Promoters made their initial council pitch July 8 seeking a $4,300 Porter contribution for the study, but asked to return July 22 when train collector Bob Harris, who would donate his inventory of passenger cars and tracks, could be present.

Indiana Dunes Tourism is lead project sponsor; that agency, the Porter County Board of Commissioners and the Town of Chesterton all have committed funds for the feasibility study. The tourism shuttle would pass through Porter, if built, and a stationary display could be located there near the Porter County Visitor Center.

Other council business includes Therese Davis of the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County, an update on Porterís pump station bypass connection project, and a discussion regarding employee health insurance. Department heads also will report.

The Stormwater Board lists Wagner Hills drainage under old business. At its lengthy May 27 meeting several residents were present to renew complaints about flooding and water problems. Board members were sympathetic but cautioned that what the town actually can do to eliminate the problem may be limited.

New stormwater business includes staff reports, consideration of Corina Nava-Peltonís request to combine lots, Hunters Glen repairs, a letter regarding 222 Chief Circle, and a design proposal for a rebid of the Dunes Forest Trail project.

The Redevelopment Commission will hear staff reports and address Phase 2 of the Franklin Street alley as well as a memorandum of understanding regarding distribution of a Transportation Enhancement grant.

Both the Town Council and RDC will take public comment on non-agenda matters as their respective meetings begin and the Stormwater Board will do so at the conclusion of its meeting.


Posted 7/21/2014