When the Porter Park Board was disbanded in October, provisions were made
for a citizen advisory board to help the Town Council guide Porter parks.
Park liaison Elka Nelson announced Tuesday she is seeking names of
interested persons willing to serve in an advisory capacity to present
suggestions for fundraising, senior programming, grounds and improvements.
Those willing to serve are asked to contact Nelson. She said she hopes to
have volunteers ready for appointment by the council in February.
The Town Council now has full authority and responsibility to operate public
parks, playgrounds, recreational facilities and park programs in Porter.
Meeting Tuesday, the Town Council also gave final approval on a 4-0 vote
with member David Wodrich absent to an ordinance that establishes a
three-member administrative board to deal with enforcement of town
ordinances where fines can be issued for violations.
The ordinance was adopted after specifying the membersí appointments are
three-year staggered terms with initial lengths of one, two and three years
to allow for continuity.
The new board will give the town teeth to collect fines of more than $250,
and to introduce a due process for residents to appeal the fines if they can
make the case they are not at fault for the violation. Fines shall not
exceed $2,500 for a first occurrence and $7,500 for second and subsequent
Building commissioner Mike Barry said he doesnít anticipate the
administrative board being that busy because it will handle only the more
serious zoning violations.
Resident Jennifer Klug questioned whether having the new board will save the
town legal fees by handling violations locally. Nelson said if the town can
levy fines it will generate revenue, but enforcing ordinances that deal with
health, safety and public welfare canít always make a profit.
Klug said if residents know a board is established and ready to hear zoning
violations, that could encourage compliance.
When the council gave first reading to the enforcement ordinance Dec. 30,
Nelson said itís common for Indiana municipalities to have an enforcement
body like the one Porter proposed. The new boardís three members will be
appointed by the Town Council.