By PAULENE POPARAD
The Porter Town Council has renewed its participation in a lakefront
fireworks display at the Indiana Dunes State Park to celebrate Independence
Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of Commerce executive director Heather Ennis won
the council’s unanimous consent Tuesday for Porter to enter into the
contract with the pyrotechnic firm that will put on the July 2 show,
although the town won’t be expected to pay for it.
Council members did approve a $3,000 donation from town CEDIT funds toward
the community event. Ennis said she’s hopeful past sponsors and government
units will donate again this year, too.
Ennis explained it costs about $25,000 to put on the show including
advertisements, entertainment and for the Lake Michigan barge where the
fireworks are based. Ennis said last year’s attendance was estimated to be
13,000 people, up from previous years but the number didn’t include
spectators who came by boat. The past two years bus transportation from
off-site staging areas has been provided as well.
Council member David Wodrich commented, “I think it’s an awesome event for
The first week in July is shaping up to be a busy one.
The council approved an assembly permit for the 9 a.m. July 4 parade through
Porter as part of the Duneland Business Improvement Group’s Family Fun Fest
at Hawthorne Park later in the day. Council president Elka Nelson said a
separate sponsor is planning to seek a permit for the July 3 midnight parade
in Porter as well.
In other action during the meeting:
- State Park Little League was granted an assembly permit for its annual
parade to kick off the baseball season; participants will step off April 26.
- Public Works superintendent Brenda Brueckheimer said spring cleanup begins
April 15 when yard-waste pick up will resume; she asked that no other
materials be mixed in. Specific pick-up guidelines can be found at
- Brueckheimer thanked Carl Copollo and volunteers for collecting roadside
trash on the town’s west side that filled 52 large
bags. Nelson thanked Roger Carnell for his cleanup efforts in the Porter
Beach area. Brueckheimer asked motorists not to litter, and said residents
can organize pick-up patrols through the Street Department at 926-4212
- Clerk-treasurer Carol Pomeroy said the annual Porter Beach parking permits
were sold out as of April 5, an all-time record.
- Resident Debbie Bowen asked the council to help with a problem at Porter
Speed Wash on Lincoln Street. Nelson said building commissioner Mike Barry
has jurisdiction over building codes, not malfunctioning equipment, but he
said he’d pass along Bowen’s concerns to management.
- Barry reminded Porter property owners that all construction greater than
$500 in labor and materials requires a building permit.
- By resolution the council declared a 1997 GMC Sierra, two 1993 Toro push
mowers and a Homelite chain saw as surplus property of the Park Department
to be disposed of by sealed bid.
- Park director Brian Bugajski announced persons who enter the Hawthorne
Park community building April 11-14 should use the west entrance only due to
flooring work in the front lounge.