The Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of Commerce moved another step closer to its
new sign on Tuesday.
The Porter County Commissioners approved a licensing agreement with the
chamber to allow the land south of the Porter County ambulance station along
49 to be used for the construction of a welcome to Chesterton sign.
The agreement was a bit of a formality, but was necessary for the chamber to
get lenders to provide the $170,000 that the sign will cost.
The new sign will greatly differ from the 25-year old wooden sign that was
destroyed in a storm this past winter. The new sign will be a 20-foot-tall
triangular stone structure topped with a 3-foot-tall aluminum arch that
reads “Welcome to Chesterton.” Inside the sign will be a double-faced
7x14-foot color LED display that will change after no less than 10 seconds.
The new sign should help member businesses and groups, of which there are
370, advertise or make announcements in a more economical way. Emergency
services will also be able to use the sign through a remote system to alert
the community of weather, traffic or other bulletins.
The agreement provides the final legal authority the chamber needed to begin
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the commissioners received their request for a
list of contractor qualifications for “as needed facility services” from DLZ
The list of 10 contractors will provide the commissioners with a
readily-available list to select from when services are needed for county
buildings. The contractors that offer specialty or emergency services, such
as fire protection and heating and cooling, also provided a rate schedule
with their list of qualifications.
Commissioner president John Evans said having a list of qualified and
available contractors makes more sense than trying to scan the phone book
when a problem arises.
dispatcher center approved
The commissioners also approved $10,143 to be taken from the E911 “Rainy
Day” fund to create a satellite emergency dispatch center at the Porter
County Expo Center.
Expo Center manager Brian Schafer requested the dispatch center to assist
with the demand for services associated with the coming Porter County Fair.
“Communication is critical for the EMTs, officers and firefighters around
the event,” Schafer said to the board. “This can help everyone that has to
respond to emergencies.”
Schafer and the board also noted that the command center, which would
basically just be a phone, could serve as a backup for the main dispatching
hub should it become disabled for any reason.
“Because it can double as a backup as well, it’s really a good thing,” Evans
More support for
Another potential $35,000 was approved for Southport Services as it tries to
help the county collect $1.5 million in owed money from taxes and homestead
Originally Southport received $5,000 dollars for the collection of funds,
but that number has been increased twice to $60,000.
Thus far this year, the county has collected about $730,000 of the $1.5
million and settled about half of its 7,000 disputed claims.
For the third straight year, county employees will be able to get discounted
tickets and rides at the Porter County Fair.
Citing a large number of positive comments from past years, the
commissioners expanded the employee days for 2011 to include all days of the
fair and not just selected dates.
County employees will get $1 off the $5 admission for them and their
families and be able to purchase all-day ride passes for just $12 (normally
The next scheduled meeting for the Porter County Commissioners will be at 2
p.m. Tuesday, July 5 at the Porter County Government Building at 155 Indiana
Ave. in Valparaiso.