The Porter County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday will decide whether to
approve a request for a $20,000 contribution toward a high-speed rail,
proposed to run through the county on its way from Chicago to Columbus,
The board meets at 1 p.m. in Room 205 of the County Administration Building,
155 Indiana. Ave. in Valparaiso.
Representatives from the Northeast Indiana Passenger Rail Association
attended the Commissioners’ meeting last month to ask the board to add to
the $50,000 that the City of Valparaiso has allocated for the project. The
300-mile line with trains potentially moving up to 130 miles per hour would
include a stop in Valparaiso.
NIPRA is seeking $70,000 from each county the line would move through to
come up with a local share for an environmental impact study.
When completed, the line could move between Chicago and Columbus in about
four hours using ten cars daily, according to NIPRA representatives. They
say it would make the county a more attractive place to live as residents
could commute to jobs in Chicago.
Commissioner President John Evans, R-North, asked the request be tabled so
that the board might develop a plan to come up with the $20,000.
In other business, the Commissioners will make an appointment to the NWI
Shared Ethics Commission.
A first reading will be held on an ordinance establishing a fund depositing
the proceeds from the Enbridge Pipeline Grant to Porter County’s Central 911
Mike Anton of Anton Insurance will discuss an employee assistance program
between Porter County Government and Porter-Starke Services.
The Commissioners will also hear requests from various department heads.
Highway Superintendent Al Hoagland will ask to receive and open bids for a
loader. He will also continue a discussion about the new salt dome his
department is looking to build at the Hebron location.
ITS Director Sharon Lippens will ask the Commissioners to approve the Adams
Renco Copier Purchase and Maintenance Agreement. Treasurer Mike Bucko will
ask the Commissioners to approve the SRI Tax Sale Support Addendum.
Sheriff David Lain will ask the Commissioners to approve a commissary
contract with Stellar Services and a uniform agreement.
There will be no plan commission business following the meeting.