The Porter Town
Council began the process Tuesday to give residents a more accurate break on
summer outdoor water uses that don’t go down the sanitary sewer.
The town’s current
ordinance allows bills to receive a credit adjusted to the average water
usage in previous billing cycles even though more summer water might be used
for lawns and landscaping, which is encouraged to promote good property
But the ordinance
states the adjustment is applied for June, July, August and September
although the actual water usage during those months isn’t computed until
The council voted
4-0 with member David Wodrich absent to ask the town attorney to draft an
amendment to extend the adjustment period to account for outdoor water used
later in the season.
In another sewer
matter, the council revisited its January motion to accept a negotiated
$1,229 settlement with Augsburg Lutheran Church over its back-billed sewer
charges resulting from the wrong size meter being used to compute previous
Greg Stinson said both sides agreed to reduce the past-due amount and future
bills based on representations that Augsburg’s 5-inch meter would be reduced
to a 1-inch meter, but it wasn’t clear if billing would be done at the
reduced rate during the months that the settlement was under negotiation.
Council member Elka
Nelson said it was her intention in making the motion to have the reduced
rate apply to the entire period.
Jeannine Virtue recommended the town check whether the church has had the
smaller meter installed yet.
In other council
unanimously approved spending $1,900 from the CEDIT fund for the Police
Department to switch to a new vendor for its database and numbers for
Porter’s reverse 911 telephone notification system. Chesterton is paying
half the cost. Both police departments will have a joint radio dispatch
director Brian Bugajski said registration begins this Saturday at 7:30 a.m.
for The Eggcellent 5K race in Hawthorne Park covering a 3.1-mile flat course
through Porter. The 1K kids race starts at 8:45 a.m. and the 5K at 9 a.m.
Cause 2 Compete is the sponsor.
Chesterton Lions Club is hosting a pancake breakfast Saturday from 7 a.m. to
11 a.m. at the park community center with runners receiving a discount.
announced the popular Porter Easter egg hunt will take place April 12 at
Hawthorne with a large number of volunteers and businesses providing goods
* This summer
the Park Department will host a fundraiser to promote recycling, added the
director. Aluminum cans, office and newspapers are being collected in
advance of the event.
building commissioner Mike Barry advised that contractors doing work in town
must be licensed, insured and in most cases have a building permit. “We’re
watching,” he assured.