Greg Stinsonís new
colleagues on the Porter Town Council elected him as their president for
The Council, with
four new members, met for the first time on Tuesday night. Vice-president
for 2016 will be Erik Wagner. Stinson and Wagner are two of the Councilís
four Democrat members. Ross LeBleu and William Lopez are the other two Dems.
Tim Conroy is the sole Republican member.
department heads will keep their roles, the Council decided. Council liaison
appointments include Conroy for the Police Department, Lopez for the Fire
Department, LeBleu for the Parks Department and Stinson for Town Hall.
The Council named
Joe Simanski and Jeannine Virtue as their appointments to the Townís
Redevelopment Commission. Stinson selected Lopez, LeBleu and Wagner as his
representative to the Police Commission will be Elka Nelson.
Stinson said his
appointment to the Plan Commission will be Amy Waechter-Versaw who will
dually serve on the Board of Zoning Appeals for four-year terms.
Stinson said he
will decide the replacement for Wagnerís citizen appointment on the Plan
Commission later at the next Council meetings as he wishes to continue
talking to two candidates. The term will be for two years to finish out a
Wagner was however
chosen Tuesday to be one of the Councilís appointments on the Plan
Commission for a new term. The other two appointments are Police Chief Jamie
Spanier and Public Works Director Brenda Brueckheimer, who have also served
on the Commission in the past. ďThat will provide a lot of cohesion,Ē
John Kremke as his presidential appointment on the BZA.
Lopez will be
Stinsonís appointment to the Stormwater Board. The boardís two Republican
members will be returning, Stinson said.
himself to the Northern Indiana Regional Planning Commission and LeBleu to
the Duneland Economic Development Company.
In other business,
the Council voted unanimously to keep contracts with H.J. Umbaugh and
Associates as the Townís financial advisor, Haas and Associates for
engineering services, Jim Mandon for Town Planning Advisor and Innovative
Test Solutions for computer programming.
CO ordinance bumped
In one bit of old
business, the Council, under Stinsonís suggestion, postponed a second
reading of the proposed ordinance to require carbon monoxide detectors to be
installed in new and existing rental properties (multi-family dwellings,
apartments, rooming houses) new single-family homes, dwellings above
business properties, hotels, motels, and trailer homes.
additions and an amendment to require owners of these properties to submit
carbon monoxide detector reports by Jan. 31, the same as smoke detector
reports, to the Fire Dept., Stinson said the ordinance should be renumbered
with the date as 2016 and heard again.
A revised ordinance
is expected by the Councilís next meeting on Jan. 26 for the its
Stinson said that
current single-family home owners will not be affected by the ordinance.
Once the ordinance is enacted, all new construction for dwelling units will
be required to have a carbon monoxide detector installed. All current rental
properties must install and report on detectors annually to the Town, he
During reports from
department heads, Fire Chief Lewis Craig asked that landlords remember to
complete the forms for smoke detectors by Jan. 31.
In other reports,
Parks Director Brian Bugajski said the Frozen Feet 5k will be this Sunday,
Jan. 17 starting at 9 a.m. in Hawthorne Park, starting at the Community
Center. Registration is $25 and proceeds will benefit the Park Departmentís
playground equipment fund.