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Town of Porter government trying to return to normal

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In response to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s most recent executive order, the Town of Porter is taking the following steps to begin returning to “normal,” according to a statement released this week.

“These steps are meant to balance the safety of our employees and residents with the need to maintain essential services in the town,” the statement said.

The Porter Town Hall has re-opened to the public.

It did so under the following conditions:

-- Doors will remain locked. All visitors must be by appointment only. Call 926-2771 for an appointment.

-- Anyone entering the building must wear a mask.

-- One one person will be allowed in the vestibule area at a time.

-- Sewer payments will not be accepted inside the building. Residents can place the payments in the box in the parking lot. The Town of Porter will not assess penalties, fees, or interest on unpaid sewer bills until further notice. Shut-offs of water service for non-payment have already been suspended.

-- No public restrooms will be available at the town hall.

-- No more Porter Beach parking permits will be sold.

-- Persons requiring a building permit or contractor’s license should contact the Building Commissioner at 405-8615 before coming to the building to begin the process.

The Public Works and Fire Department facility will remain closed to the public. Residents should call the respective departments with any questions.

The Public Works Department has returned to normal operations.

Playgrounds and basketball courts remain closed in compliance with the governor’s original stay-a-home order.

The parking lot at Porter Beach remains closed as well.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and open the lot as soon as we can do so safely and in compliance with state rules regarding social distancing, group size, and public facilities.”

Visit or call the following numbers if for have non-emergency questions or business:

-- Clerk-Treasurer: 926-2771.

-- Utilities: 926-4794.

-- Public Works/Streets: 926-4212.

-- Building Commissioner: 405-8615.

-- Fire Department: 926-1226.

-- Parks: 983-1042.

“We will continue to follow developments at the national, state, and local levels and provide additional updates as more information becomes available,” the statement said.

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Posted 5/6/2020




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