“The more information we can get out to residents, the less conflict and
confrontation we’ll have later,” said Porter Town Council president Michele
She was addressing Able Disposal operations manager Brian Murphy, who had
just received 3-1 council permission to begin next month collecting garbage
for most of the town on Thursdays but collecting recyclables every other
Councilman Jon Granat, who voted no, said he feared the town hall will be
innundated with calls over the change. Able will distribute flyers to
residents at its own expense prior to the new recycling schedule taking
Murphy said 80 percent of Porter County doesn’t have its garbage and
recyclables collected on the same day. During the Porter transition,
additional pick-ups as needed will be made.
“Anything we do we’ll try to make the service better at all times,” he
assured the council.
Councilman Dave Babcock, Public Works liaison, cited ongoing problems with
Able’s service. “It’s not been the day so much, just not being picked up.”
Murphy said some recent problems have been weather-related.
He also said when Porter objected to Able garbage trucks cutting through its
downtown on the way to Able’s Chesterton transfer station, those trucks were
redirected to another site.
Jim Smith of Able said it might be helpful if information is provided on a
website to let residents know about garbage and recycling pick-up changes.
Public Works superintendent Brenda Brueckheimer is recuperating following
recent surgery and will be off work for several weeks. Sewer foreman Sarah
Olsen is in charge of daily operations while Porter director of engineering
Matt Keiser will be handling the calls and Babcock any personnel matters.
He wished Brueckheimer well, adding, “We hope Brenda doesn’t get too anxious
and stays home and heals up. We’ll be glad to have her back, but healthy.”
Keiser reported that the Street Department over the last 10 days has spread
3 1/2 tons of pothole patch on the roads. He also asked that vehicles not
park on the roadway, or as close to the curb as possible, following
From the audience Kay Copollo said Carl Copollo is celebrating his 30th
anniversary with the Porter Street Department. She said town residents have
been very good to him.
Bollinger thanked Copollo for his service.
By consensus with member Micheal Genger absent, the council approved use of
the town’s Porter Beach parking lot for the guests of Chuck Welter, who will
be having what was described as a large party Feb. 21.
Town police chief James Spanier said he has no problem with the request
because it’s winter. “If this would be summertime I’d have a different
answer.” He also said if the lot can’t be used, parking problems likely
would occur near Welter’s residence blocking access for emergency vehicles.
Fire chief Lewis Craig reminded Porter landlords they have until Jan. 31 to
submit completed forms as required under town ordinance. The forms can be
obtained at the town hall, police station or fire station but must be
returned to the latter.
In other business, at town attorney Patrick Lyp’s request the council voted
4-0 to conduct a closed executive session on a date to be determined to
discuss an employee matter.
Keiser implored residents to stop flushing inappropriate items down the
sewer, items that clog pumps and require manhours to repair.
Park superintendent Jim Miller thanked the council for funding the park’s
recently purchased dump truck.