The Porter Town
Council passed a resolution at its meeting last night designating the area
west of the Fire Station as the Lewis T. Craig Sr. Heroes Memorial Garden.
Greg Stinson read the resolution, which stated the Council’s desire to honor
the late Fire Chief and provide a space for remembering and honoring first
responders, into the record.
Lewis T. Craig Sr.
dedicated 45 years of his life to the Porter Fire Department. He retired as
Chief in January of 2018 and passed away shortly after. Stinson has said
that the late Chief was irreplaceable, and reiterated last night that it was
an honor to work with him.
Stinson also took a
moment to recognize Sid Augustyn, who raised money to repair the PFD’s flag
poles and created the garden as his Eagle Scout Project. “The renovation of
the flagpoles and surrounding areas, we have him to thank. He raised the
money, organized the work, and did it all,” Stinson said.
Sid was in uniform
at the meeting with his father, Porter Firefighter Ron Augustyn. The
audience gave Sid a round of applause for his work.
In other business,
the Council approved an amendment to the Porter Town Code to allow
single-family homes under 1,500 square feet. Previously, new single-family
homes built in Porter had to be at least 1,500 square feet. The new
ordinance makes a host of changes to the minimum size allowed in different
zones, including allowing single-family homes as small as 1,200 square feet.
approved the changes, which were forwarded with a favorable recommendation
from the Plan Commission, unanimously. Stinson said the reduction will allow
for further development in Town.
The Council also
conducted a first reading of an ordinance regarding potential conflicts of
interest in the building department.
The ordinance is
the result of a change in state law requiring municipalities to record in
their respective Codes that building commissioners cannot approve building
permits that they may benefit from personally.
Fire Chief Jay
Craig asked Porter residents interested in becoming firefighters to contact
the Fire Department (926-1226). The 2019 Fire Academy starts Oct. 1. “Your
community needs you, if you are able,” Craig said.
Abby Sullivan is
Firefighter of the Month.
Craig also thanked
those who participated in the PFD 5K, and reported Signature Graphics is
donating work to design high-vis chevron patterns on the Department’s two
older fire trucks for better visibility when responding on highways. Stinson
thanked Signature Graphics for their generous and ongoing support.
Commissioner Michael Barry reported there will be construction on Waverly
Road including partial closures both north and south of U.S. 20 for the next
two to three weeks for NIPSCO work. After that, INDOT will be creating
designated left turn lanes at the intersection of Waverly and U.S. 20. That
work will likely conclude in spring.
Barry also reported
he received communication from Norfolk Southern that several grade crossings
in Porter and Chesterton are scheduled for maintenance and will be closed
for a day or two. The crossings at Mineral Springs Road and Wagner Road may
be impacted as early as Wednesday, Aug. 14. Crossings at 15th, 8th, and 4th
streets and Calumet Road also have closures coming up.
Barry said he was
unable to get more specific information about the closures from Norfolk
Southern before the meeting. “The railroad closures just pop up as they’re
getting them done, so keep an eye out,” Barry said.
Brian Bugajski reported the asphalt on the old basketball courts at
Hawthorne Park has been torn out and the gravel underneath rolled and
compacted. Once the new courts are paved, Bugajski said they cannot be
striped for six to eight weeks, but the backboards and nets can go back up
reported he is still reviewing the proposals for new playground equipment at
Kids Cove Park and hopes to have a recommendation at the Council’s next
Residents are asked
to call Public Works at 926-4212 for brush pick-up.