The Porter Park Department hopes to open its outdoor ice-skating rink at
Hawthorne Park this weekend.
The town Street and Fire Departments helped construct the rink recently and
the ice was freezing, but it was reported Tuesday that the ice was damaged
and the departments need to make repairs before skating can begin.
“We’re very appreciative,” Park Board member Patty Raffin told fire chief
Lewis Craig Sr. and Public Works superintendent Brenda Brueckheimer.
At Town Council president Elka Nelson’s suggestion, park officials agreed
signs will be posted stating the rink, which isn’t lit, is not intended for
skating after dark.
Last year the Park Department hoped to build the ice rink but the lack of
sustained freezing temperatures prevented it.
Park Board president Rondi Wightman told the council the new director of
parks position has been filled and Brian Bugajski will be introduced to
council members at their Feb. 12 meeting.
Also that night the council will consider a prepared ordinance amending town
code to expand the Park Board to five members, the fifth to be appointed by
the Duneland School Board as provided by state law. Duneland’s decision is
In other business, the council started its meeting by convening as a Board
of Finance to receive clerk-treasurer Carol Pomeroy’s 2012 investment
report. Councilmen Rob Pomeroy and Dave Wodrich were elected Finance Board
president and secretary, respectively.
The council meeting resumed and Michael Barry was reappointed as Porter
director of development and building commissioner.
Town consultants retained for 2013 were planning consultant Jim Mandon; for
engineering services Haas & Associates as well as Global Land Surveying and
Engineering as needed; Hodges & Davis as town attorney; and Cender & Company
for non-exclusive financial services. The council indicated it also may
enter into a contract with Umbaugh & Associates for additional financial
Nelson noted all contracts are subject to Indiana law requiring their
complaince with the federal E-Verify program so only persons allowed to work
legally in the United States are hired.
By unanimous vote Judy Chaplin was named Porter’s choice to retain her
Duneland seat on the Porter County Convention Recreation and Visitor
Commission; Chesterton and Burns Harbor also share naming responsibility for
the tri-town appointment.