spoke about the Old Johnson Inn at the Porter Town Council’s meeting Tuesday
Karen Pisowicz said the Council should take it easy on Carl Dahlin Jr., the
owner of the Old Johnson Inn that was the subject of several resident
complaints at the Council’s Aug. 11 meeting. Then, residents made a slew of
complaints about the poor condition of the building and Dahlin’s business
where he charges Porter Beach visitors to park on the Inn property.
“The man is 86
years old,” Pisowicz said. “The place has looked that way for years and
years. Let him park his cars. It’s on his property.”
Pisowicz said the
Council should give Dahlin a break at least through the end of the year,
citing the potentially exorbitant costs of tearing down the Inn. “He ain’t
got that kind of money.”
The Inn has not
been ordered torn down, but its condition is not yet known, as it hasn’t
been inspected in at least five years, according to Building Commissioner
Barry said he’s
pursuing a new inspection of the property, which Dahlin has tentatively
agreed to for later this week. Barry also sent Dahlin an unsafe building
notice asking Dahlin to secure the property and conduct needed maintenance
within 30 days. The notice also compels Dahlin to a hearing before the Board
of Zoning Appeals on Sept. 16 about the state of the property.
“I just think you
should let it drop this year and see what happens next year,” Pisowicz said.
She said the residents who complained about Dahlin’s parking operation were
unfair. “That’s none of their business. He doesn’t bother anybody.”
Klug also spoke to say she supports the order to secure the building because
she’s heard there are exposed wires that pose a fire hazard inside. “Secure
the structure so it’s not a danger to people and the surrounding area,” Klug
a Porter Plan Commission member as well as Porter Beach resident, who was
also one of the Aug. 11 complainants, said, “I challenge the notion that
there’s no harm.” He added, “All we’re talking about is inspection and
In other building
department business, the Council approved Barry to spend $1,800 from LIT to
have David’s Lawncare clear trash and mow the lawn at a property that’s in
pre-foreclosure at 1032 W. U.S. 20. Barry reported the property’s become an
eyesore, and he’s been unable to contact its owner. The Town can place a
lien on the property to reclaim this expense once it changes hands, member
Greg Stinson said. “We can’t just sit by and let that get worse. It’s a
disgrace,” Stinson added.
The Council also
approved a cybersecurity contract with Arete for $1,200 per year. The $1,200
cost will be split among the three departments that will have the new
software on their computers: Clerk-treasurer, Parks, and Public Works.
The Council then
approved a contract with Town Planner Jim Mandon for research for a new Town
comprehensive plan, not to exceed $4,500, to be paid from LIT.
Seniors will host a drive-thru flu shot clinic at Hawthorne Park on Sept. 23
from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Council Vice-president David Phillips reported
on behalf of Parks Director Brian Bugajski. Flu shots will be provided by
Walgreen’s, and the clinic will be open to the public.
paving and striping has concluded in Town, and just minor shoulder work that
should be done by Thursday remains. “Walsh and Kelly did a wonderful job,”