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Porter paving bids are in work likely to start in August

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The Porter Town Council approved low bidder Rieth-Riley to complete the Town’s 2019 Community Crossings paving projects.

Building 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.

Public Comment

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 said.

Barry responded 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 Department

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.

Council member 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.

Park Department

Parks Director 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.

Council Comments

Council 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.

Porter tells planned road closings

Porter Public Works Supervisor Brenda Brueckheimer reported on three road closures in Town drivers should look out for.

East Oak Hill Road from Morningside to Ind. 49 will be down to one lane for NIPSCO work through Thursday and maybe into Friday.

Waverly Road will be fully closed both north and south of U.S. 20 on Friday--also for NIPSCO work.

The most significant closure: Porter County is replacing the Wagner Road bridge over the Little Calumet River. The bridge will be closed starting Monday, July 15 and stay closed until Aug. 30.

Brueckheimer said residents can call her office, at 926-4212, with questions.


Posted 7/11/2019




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