The Porter Town
Council on Tuesday set its next meeting for second reading on an ordinance
requiring landlords to install carbon monoxide detectors in all types of
Like the current
smoke detector ordinance, the property owners would have to certify in
writing to the Town’s fire department that carbon monoxide detectors are
installed and are in proper working condition.
The ordinance for
first reading spells out that the ordinance will affect owners of
multi-family dwelling units and mobile homes, but hearing comments from
resident Jennifer Klug and Fire Chief Lewis Craig, the Council intends to
change the language to include owners of any rental property.
Craig said there
are no mobile homes in town and felt single-family rentals should be in the
ordinance, as did Klug who lauded the Council for its consideration of
enforcing CO detector requirements.
“You can buy a
carbon monoxide detector for about $25. It’s an inexpensive way to save
lives,” said Klug, who added that she would also like to see the Town expand
its smoke detector regulations to all rental properties as well.
Greg Stinson said he thinks the suggestion of beefing up the smoke detector
ordinance has merit and is something the Council can consider.
To clarify, Stinson
said the Town cannot impose detector requirements on private homeowners.
“Enforcing on private homes is virtually impossible and I don’t know where
that would go in a legal battle,” he said.
Also set for second
reading, another ordinance would allow the Town to purchase crime insurance
providing coverage for money handled by town officials and employees.
Stinson said this would crime insurance would function just the same as a
blanket bond policy but is less expensive.
The Council voted
4-0 to approve the 2016 employee salary ordinance. Absent from the meeting
was David Wodrich.
matters, the Council accepted bids for its 2016 trash collection and chose
Republic Services as its service provider. Stinson said Republic Services
was lowest out of two bids received with $14.40 per user.
“It’s a very nice
contract for the town,” Stinson commented.
Rates submitted for
2017 and 2018 by Republic Services are $14.98 and $15.58, respectively.
Tabled until next
meeting is the Town’s plan for using its installment of County Economic
Development Income Tax. Stinson apologized for not having the updated
numbers on time and said he would do so for the next Council meeting. He
added that the plans must be approved by the end of the year.
reports, Police Chief Jamie Spanier thanked an anonymous donor who has
generously given $5,000 toward the purchase of new bulletproof vests for
police officers this next year. That will cover around half the cost for the
vests. Funding has been secured for the other half with $4,660 from a
federal grant and about $1,000 coming out of the police budget.
Brian Bugajski reminded everyone that Sunday will be the inaugural “Turkey
Recovery 4-Mile Race” starting at 9 a.m. at Hawthorne Park with a portion of
registration fees going to the Parks’ playground fund. Sign up on Race Day
is $25. Registration online is $20 before Race Day.
Bugajski also said
the discussion meeting for Kids Cove playground on Wednesday, Nov. 18 was
well attended and “got some good information and involvement going forward.”
Neighbors in Porter Cove have raised concerns about the condition of the
aging playground equipment.