The Porter Town
Council approved low bidder Rieth-Riley to complete the Town’s 2019
Community Crossings paving projects.
Commissioner Michael Barry reported Rieth-Riley was the low bidder on both
of the Town’s paving projects. Project 1 includes 10 roads for a cost of
$386,437.65, and Project 2 includes six roads for a cost of $289,033.61.
Barry said the bids came in below an engineer’s estimate, and work will
start in approximately one month.
Project 1 roads are
as follows: Dune Forest Trail, Triangle Trail, Clark Street, Knoelke Drive,
Ballard Avenue, Fleming Street, Coleman Street, Detroit Road, N. Babcock
Road, and Six Box Lane.
Project 2 roads are
as follows: Burwell Drive, Portage Avenue, Eugene Street, Deerfield Lane,
25th Street, and Johnson Street.
Robert Sexton, who
owns a property on Rankin, commented that the house being renovated at 213
Rankin has been in bad shape for three years. Sexton also said the house is
open to the elements/wildlife. Sexton said he’s contacted the Town about the
home before and not seen any progress. “I just think that after three years,
the town should take the offense on this and condemn it or do something,” he
that he spoke with the owner of 213 Rankin recently about his renovation
plans, but nothing has been done lately because the owner’s building permits
are expired. Barry said the owner has been warned to secure the house better
and will be ticketed if he doesn’t comply.
Fire Chief Jay
Craig received approval to get quotes for refurbishing the PFD’s 1995
International tanker, which has been costing the department a lot in repairs
over the past few years. Craig said the repair involves reducing the
tanker’s capacity from 3,000 gallons to 2,000 gallons and estimated the work
would cost approximately $150,000.
Craig also got
Council approval to approach Westchester Township about sharing the cost of
repairing the tanker. “We’re pretty confident that the majority of it will
be covered by them, but I don’t want to speak for them before we have the
meeting,” Craig said.
Brian Finley asked where the Town’s portion, whatever it may be, will come
from. Craig said it could come out of his budget if he has enough, and
Clerk-treasurer Carol Pomeroy reported there are funds available in CEDIT.
Craig reported the
PFD responded to 55 calls in June. From June 28 to July 7, the PFD responded
to 30 calls, only one of which, a dumpster fire, was suspected to be
fireworks-related. Craig also reported the PFD responded to a house fire in
Dune Acres, and credited working smoke detectors for saving the family
inside the house.
Firefighter of the
month for June is Steven Davis.
Brian Bugajski thanked those who attended the Family Fourth Fest and
everyone who made it possible, including Duneland Business Initiative Group,
the PFD, the Porter Police Department, Republic Services, and all individual
donors and volunteers.
Vice-president Bill Lopez took a moment to thank Bugajski and all the
volunteers who made the Fourth Fest possible, including the Fire, Police,
and Public Works Departments. Lopez also thanked the Fire and Police
Departments for helping with the Lakefront Fireworks, once again. “It takes
a lot of people to put together something like that, and without that we
wouldn’t be able to put together those events,” Lopez said.