The Town of Porter
has followed the Town of Chesterton and neighboring municipalities by
scheduling this year’s trick-or-treat from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct.
At its meeting
Tuesday night, the Town Council approved by consensus Police Chief Jamie
Spanier’s recommendation to hold trick-or-treat, but with the understanding
that households may opt out by turning off their porch or exterior lights.
as Chesterton Police Chief Dave Cincoski already has, that trick-or-treaters
should respect homeowners’ decision not to participate and under no
circumstances approach a residence whose porch light has been turned off,
even if the interior lights remain on. Spanier also encouraged residents to
distribute wrapped, store-bought candy and, weather permitting, to do so
outside their homes and wear face masks. Trick-or-treaters, for their part,
should wear face masks as well and practice social-distancing.
K-9 Kilo Retired
In other business,
and at Spanier’s recommendation, members voted unanimously to retire Porter
Police K-9 Kilo to the care of his handler, Officer Scott Cornelison.
“He’s had a good
career, we’ve had him for seven years, but at his age he’s having difficulty
getting into and out of vehicles,” Spanier told the council. “Now’s a good
time to retire him.”
“That would be the
right thing to do,” President Bill Lopez said. “Thank you for your service,
Members also voted
unanimously, again at Spanier’s recommendation, to endorse the Town of
Porter’s participation in a regional signal preemption grant, for which the
Chesterton Fire Department is the lead agency.
CFD will be coordinating an application--for either an 80/20 or 90/10
matching grant--to acquire and install an Emergency Vehicle Preemption (Opticon)
priority control system for emergency vehicles in Chesterton, Porter, Burns
Harbor, unincorporated Liberty and Portage townships, Portage, and
Valparaiso. The Opticon system works through 911 and GIS to automatically
clear a signalized intersection at the approach of a police car or fire
engine, by giving first-responders a green light and stopping oncoming
traffic with a red. All signalized intersections along Ind. 49, 149, and 249
would be equipped with the systems; as well as all signalized intersections
along U.S. 6, 12, and 20, from county line to county line; and all
signalized intersections within a municipality.
Spanier told the
council that the Town of Porter’s contribution would be on the order of
$31,000 but that amount wouldn’t come due until 2024. “We’re quite a way out
from deciding where we’re going to get those funds,” he said. “We saw what
happened when the Chesterton fire engine tried to go through a red light a
few weeks ago. I think this is a good thing.”
voted unanimously to approve a memorandum of understanding, under which the
Porter PD will upgrade its in-car and dispatch software to mirror identical
upgrades being implemented by the Porter County 911 Dispatch Center.
Spanier put the
upfront cost at $61,519.18, and while that amount could be financed over 10
years, he recommended paying for it with cash on the barrel, out of the
PPD’s current appropriation, which he said is sufficient.
There’ll be an
annual licensing and maintenance fee, Spanier added, but that amount will be
less than what the PPD is paying now for the current system.
voted unanimously to close a portion of Howe Road from 7:45 to 10 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 7, for the Field Station Frenzy 5K race. Approximately 200
people will be participating in the event, Spanier said, but most of the
race will be held on Indiana Dunes National Park trails.
Members made their
approval of the closure contingent on receiving the proper insurance
certification from the organizers of the event.