Porter County Parks Superintendent Walter Lenckos is on the County
Commissioners’ Tuesday meeting agenda to request $1.5 million in hospital
interest money for the construction of the Raise the Barn education center
at Sunset Hill Farm.
The Parks and Recreation Board voted 4-0 this past month to authorize
Lenckos to ask for the amount after he indicated officials of both the
Commissioner and the County Council had voiced their support for the project
as it will move the parks’ offices and the Recycling and Waste Reduction
offices out of the County Administration Building. Both boards have been on
the lookout for ways to free up more space in the overcrowded County
Use of the hospital interest money requires majority votes from both the
Commissioners and the Council.
The parks department will also make a request to purchase signs that can
alert 911 communicators using GPS to approximate a location of a caller when
they are in outdoor parks.
Also, the Commissioners will make an amendment to the County’s resolution
creating a Convention, Recreation and Visitor’s Commission. At the April 2
Commissioners meeting, President John Evans, R-North, announced the
intention of adding two more members to the PCCRVC board who would bring
more focus to the promotion of amateur sports in Porter County.
After, the board will name the two appointments. Applications were taken for
ten days after the April 2 meeting.
In other business, the Commissioners will give a second reading for an
ordinance that will prohibit protests within 300 feet of a funeral one hour
before or after the service. The commissioners approved the ordinance on a
first reading by 3-0 vote.
The Commissioners will also hear requests from department heads.
Republican Voters Registration Director Sundae Schoon will ask that a
temporary polling location be changed for the school referendums in Union
Twp. and Boone Twp.
Highway Superintendent Al Hoagland will ask the board to receive and open
bids for liquid bituminous purchase.
ITS Director Sharon Lippens will present a software support renewal contract
and bids for fiber optic cables.
E911 Communications Director John Jokantas will give awards to a few members
of his staff in honor of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.
The Plan Commission will also ask the Commissioners to approve a fair
housing resolution that will allow the County to be eligible to receive
grant money from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs.
The Commissioners will meet in 1 p.m. in Suite 205 of the County