Kids Cove Park,
serving the 267 homes of Porter Cove and something like 1,000 residents of
the Town of Porter--roughly a quarter of its population--is unlikely to be
rehabbed anytime soon.
That’s the main
take-away from Tuesday’s meeting of the Town Council.
resident Blake Lange appeared again before the council on Tuesday, hoping to
hear that members were willing to take a more aggressive line on fundraising
for the needed rehab. What he got was a noncommittal acknowledgment that
parks are good things but that they’re expensive to refurbish and that
raising the funds to do so can take years.
“I’m in favor of
doing something with the park,” said Member William Lopez, D-3rd. “But I
can’t make a commitment. I’ve talked with (President Greg Stinson, D-2nd,
not in attendance on Tuesday), and he thinks there’s a way to get going in
2018. I think we can do it for less, and then as funds become available.”
“I’m not against
doing something for the park,” added Member Brian Finley, R-5th. “But
“None of us is
against doing something,” said Member Erik Wagner, D-1st. “But it took us
five years to get the money for Hawthorne Park, and that was with a grant.
It might take us a couple of years, the way we’re going, if the people will
help. But we do have a plan. The problem is, it’s going to take awhile. It
took five years at Hawthorne, and now we’ve got to do it again.”
Carol Pomeroy, for her part, was unsure whether the Park Department’s 2018
budget would have anything like the funds needed in 2018 to get started on a
new large-scale project. “The Park budget is just coming out of the red,”
she said. “I don’t see any wiggle room.”
Lange did express a
certain disappointment. “I don’t want to call it a failure but the park has
been in disarray for many years,” he said. “Kids Cove will continue to fall
further and further behind the other towns’ parks. Parks are one of the
quickest, most effective ways to build community and improve the quality of
New Fire Truck?
In other business,
Deputy Fire Chief Jay Craig asked members for permission to begin the
process of acquiring a new fire truck.
At issue: the PFD’s
primary engine, at 17 years old, is currently in the shop again for
repairs--in the last two years alone, he said, keeping the truck in service
has cost $20,000 in repairs--while its backup is almost 30 years old.
Also at issue:
neither engine carries ground ladders “big enough” anymore for the newer,
larger houses being built in town. A case in point: the PFD’s portable
ground ladders only reach as high as the gutters on many of the houses in
the Summertree subdivision, Craig noted.
For those reasons,
the PFD is interested in a “quint”: an engine which performs all of the five
chief functions of firefighting apparatus: carries a pre-mounted ladder of
75 to 100 feet as well as ground ladders, and has a pump, water tank, and
A quint, Craig
said, “would allow us to do so much more with less, which has become so
important in the volunteer world.”
Members agreed by
consensus to authorize Craig to begin preparing preliminary specifications
as well as to investigate costs, options, and financing arrangements.
of Development/Building Commis-sioner Michael Barry reported that the
ongoing paving work in Porter Beach should be done by Saturday at the
latest, with striping to be completed next week.
Both Berry and
Public Works Director Brenda Brueckheimer said that Town & Country Paving
has done superb work. “They’re meticulous,” Barry said. “They’re doing a
wonderful job. They’re working well with residents. And there haven’t been
any problems at all.”
Members also voted
unanimously to approve a assemblage permit for Discovery Charter
School--pending a receipt of proof of insurance--to hold a fundraiser from 1
to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at Hawthorne Park.