The Porter County
Commissioners will convene Tuesday for their regular board meeting at 1 p.m.
inside the County Administration Center, 155 Indiana Ave. in Valparaiso.
The board is
expected to a vote on second reading of an ordinance to create the Porter
County Stormwater Management Board, which would service and impose a fee
structure on most residents living in the county’s unincorporated areas.
voted 3-0 on first reading during their last meeting on Aug. 5, but a second
reading is required since fees are involved.
President John Evans said the fee structure would be decided at a later date
and would need to be approved by the County Council before residents are
charged. The fees would help equalize who pays for drainage costs in the
county, he said, since the current system only assesses properties that
contain or border regulated drains and ditches.
The ordinance is
worded so that taxpayers in conservancy districts, which already impose a
fee for flood and drainage control, are excluded. It also excludes those
living in towns and cities who already pay a stormwater fee.
The public hearing
for the ordinance was closed on first reading and will not be opened for a
second reading. Local conservationists like Herb Read, representing the
Porter County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League, asked if the
Commissioners’ ordinance could also exclude properties owned by
organizations like the League which collect donations and funding for the
purpose of land protection and flood control.
Evans said the
Commissioners will decide the make-up of the stormwater board and may choose
keep the current drainage board as they weigh their options.
Also on the agenda
is a second reading for an ordinance to create a fund to collect rent
payments on the 63.5 acre proposed County park one mile north of Kouts on
Ind. 49. The park board said it will lease the farmland and use the funds
for the development of the park.
will also meet in closed executive session Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. to discuss
matters related to personnel.