The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission elected new officers for 2014 on Thursday at a meeting at its headquarters in Portage.
Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor was elected chairman for 2014, replacing outgoing chairman Crown Point Mayor David Uran. Also elected were LaPorte Mayor Blair Milo, as vice chairwoman; Chesterton Town Councilman Jim Ton, as treasurer; and Lake County Commissioner Roosevelt Allen Jr., as secretary.
Each will serve a one-year term.
NIRPC will be dealing with a number of major transportation issues this year. Those include including adding the plan for a new Cline Avenue Bridge to its 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan, providing input and monitoring for the Illiana Expressway, and perhaps acting on the proposed South Shore extension to Dyer.
Executive board members were also elected Thursday. Those elected for Lake County were East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland and Schererville Town Councilman Tom Schmitt. Elected for LaPorte County were LaPorte County Commissioner Dave Decker and Michigan City Councilman Richard Murphy. Elected for Porter County were Porter County Commissioner Nancy Adams and Hebron Town Councilman Don Ensign.
State Rep. Ed Soliday remains the governor's appointee to NIRPC.
Several new commissioners have also been appointed to NIRPC’s governing body recently. New commissioners are Lowell Town Councilman Craig Earley, Lake County Surveyor Bill Emerson Jr., Merrillville Town Councilman Tom Goralczyk, New Chicago Clerk-Treasurer Lori Reno, Lake County Councilman Eldon Strong, Munster Town Councilman Joe Simonetto, and Cedar Lake Town Councilman Randy Niemeyer.