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Porter Town Council splits to oust public works supervisor

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The Porter Public Works Department will be under new leadership soon, as the Porter Town Council voted 4-1 last night to terminate Public Works Supervisor Brenda Brueckheimer.

Council president Greg Stinson began last night’s Town Council meeting by saying, “I know why most of you are here.” Almost every seat was filled--many of those in attendance there in support of Brueckheimer.

Stinson warned the crowd that he would likely respond to any public comments and questions with just a “thank you.”

“This is a personnel matter, and as such I cannot really get into a dialogue openly, in a public forum, discussing an employee matter,” Stinson said.

Stinson appeared surprised that no one spoke when he called for public comment. Porter resident Elka Nelson said, “You know why we’re here, so why waste your time?”, from her seat.

According to Stinson, Brueckheimer was suspended with pay on Friday. Stinson wouldn’t comment further about why she was suspended or terminated. Member Ross LeBleu wouldn’t comment further on why he voted against the termination.

Building Commissioner Michael Barry will provide support to the Public Works Department as needed until the Council hires a new Supervisor, according to Stinson.

During Council comments, Stinson said he likes Brueckheimer personally, and recommending her termination was one of the toughest decisions, if not the toughest, that he’s had to make as a Councilman, though he said he knows it’s “little consolation.”


Clerk-treasurer Carol Pomeroy reported there is new data in about water use at the old Spring House Inn. A couple months back, the new owners of the Inn requested the Council adjust their water bill after a major leak in the swimming pool was fixed. The pool had been leaking since the Inn was sold.

Pomeroy said the latest bill shows that the Inn is using a lot less water, and the Council voted unanimously to issue a credit of $11,886.23 for over-payment on past bills.

Police Chief Jamie Spanier reported there has been a lot of activity at Porter Beach, and visitors trying to leave between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. should generally expect delays.

Parks Director Brian Bugajski reported several playground providers have expressed interest since he put out a Request for Proposals for new playground equipment at Kids Cove Park. The RFPs are due Friday, and Bugajski plans to have a recommendation ready at the Council’s next meeting.

Bugajski also made a reminder that the Westchester Public Library’s free summer concert and film series is at Hawthorne Park Friday. The South Shore Brass Band will play at 7 p.m., followed by a showing of “Newsies.” Bugajski thanked WPL and the Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club for their partnership in putting on the series.


Posted 7/24/2019





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