MUNSTER | Members of the Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission can now participate in the group’s once-monthly meetings via conference telephone.
The commission, which is in charge of flood control efforts along the Little Calumet River watershed, recently approved a resolution authorizing the change.
The Indiana General Assembly added that provision to state law effective Jan. 1, 2013, commission attorney David Wickland said.
A few times during 2013, official business could not be conducted by the commission due to lack of a quorum. For example, commission member Ron McAhron travels to Munster from Indianapolis where he is employed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
All members are appointed by the Indiana governor, and an Indiana Department of Natural Resources representative must be on the commission.
The commission was expanded from five to nine members in 2012 as part of the perpetual funding legislation for operating and maintenance of the watershed. However, there have been delays in those appointments, by former Gov. Mitch Daniels and current Gov. Mike Pence.
Debbie Long, of Hammond, was nominated by Hammond Mayor Thomas M. McDermott Jr. in 2012 and appointed by Pence in 2013. She joined the commission in September as the sixth commissioner.