The Porter Town
Council last night approved Parks Director Brian Bugajski to contract with
Abonmarche for planning an accessible pathway from the parking lot to the
lake at Indian Springs Park.
Bugajski got the
Council’s permission to release a request for quotes (RFQ) on the beginning
phases of the Lake Pratt Accessible Ramp Planning Project in January. The
results of the RFQ have Abonmarche Engineering as the lowest responsive and
resposible bidder, offering to conduct a land survey, determine the best
path from the parking lot on the hill down to the lakefront, and provide
drawings of the design, for approximately $12,000.
chosen from three proposals, which were then reviewed by staff from the Lake
Michigan Coastal Program and a review committee of town employees.
Bugajski said a
50/50 matching Lake Michigan Coastal Program grant will fund $5,000 for the
planning and the remaining $7,000 will come from the Parks operating budget.
said he hopes to present the plans to the Council by June, and if there is
funding for the build, construction would start in 2020 at the “absolute
Currently there is
only one entrance and one parking lot at Indiana Springs Park, and a wooden
staircase down a large hill is the only access from the parking lot to the
shore of Lake Pratt and the park’s greenspace.
In other parks
business, Bugajski received Council approval to look into two projects that
could be funded by the proceeds from the Town’s $830,000 General Obligation
The projects are
upgrading the HVAC system at the community center and removing and
rebuilding the basketball courts at Hawthorne Park. Bugajski will advertise
for quotes on those projects next.
The Council held a
public hearing where no one spoke for or against appropriating the proceeds
of the GO bond and subsequently adopted an ordinance finalizing the
Greg Stinson reiterated that the only figure that has been decided is the
$538,029 portion of the bond that will go to the purchase of the Town’s new
fire engine from Alexis Fire Equipment.
The proceeds of the
bond have been appropriated into three funds: fire truck, park equipment,
and other capital. Only $75,000 has been set aside for park equipment in
order to establish the funds, but the Council is free to, and expects to,
move more bond money to that line item later in the year.
Fire Chief Jay
Craig reported that the Porter FD ran 51 calls in February, and received
their new bunker gear that was partially funded by a 2018 DNR grant with a
50/50 match. Craig reported that the DNR only provided a match of $2,500 on
$10,000 worth of gear due to a paperwork error, but the Porter FD will cover
the remaining $2,500, and the Town’s portion will remain $5,000.
The Council also
approved Craig to carry over five vacation days from last year that he was
unable to use during his probationary period as Fire Chief. He must use them
by July 1.