The Porter Town
Council’s only Republican has resigned his seat, effective Friday, Oct. 7.
Stinson, D-2nd, announced at Tuesday night’s meeting that Tim Conroy
resigned his seat after selling his house in the 5th District and being
unable to find another in the same district.
Conroy “wants to
stay in the Town of Porter but can’t find a home in his district,” Stinson
Under Indiana Code,
town council members are elected at-large but must reside in the district
which they represent. Conroy ran unopposed for the seat in last year’s
A GOP caucus has
not yet been scheduled to elect a successor. Residents of the 5th District
interested in serving should contact Sundae Schoon at Porter County Voter
Registration at 465-3486.
“I would like to
thank him for his 10 months,” Stinson said. “He was quite diligent and I
enjoyed working with him. He will be missed.”
In other business,
members voted unanimously to hold a public hearing at its Oct. 25 meeting on
an additional appropriation from the Park Donations Account of $46,000, over
and above the previously approved 2016 appropriation of $5,000.
Brian Bugajski told the council that the total amount, $51,000, would be
used as a match for a grant from GameTime, a manufacturer of playground
equipment. That grant will be used to purchase playground equipment for
Hawthorne Park, Bugajski said.
business, members also voted unanimously to authorize Bugajski to seek three
quotes for playground equipment. After the meeting, Bugajski told the
Chesterton Tribune that one of those quotes will be from GameTime.
Members also voted
unanimously to table a proposed ordinance which would have raised the
threshold at which municipal employees receive overtime to $47,000, in
accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act.
As it happens, that
piece of federal legislation is being contested in court and may be stayed
prior to the Dec. 1 deadline by which municipalities are supposed to revise
their salary ordinances to reflect the act.
Porter Perfect Pint
Bugajski took a
moment at the beginning of the meeting to thank everyone who made this
year’s edition of the Porter Perfect Pint event another smashing success:
Liz Tilden; Leroy and Bubba Florez; the Duneland Seniors for manning the
door and checking IDs; Epic Limo for providing safe rides home after the
event; those who donated items for the silent auction; and the Porter Fire