PORTER | A NIRPC Livable Communities grant for $32,000 will help the town construct sidewalks, Michael Barry, Porter's director of development, said during Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting.
With an additional town match of $8,000, Porter will add streetscape improvements as well from Lincoln to Indiana and Sexton to Waverly.
Barry, also the town's building commissioner, said the sidewalks will include lighting and ADA ramps. He plans to apply for an additional grant for continued work next year.
Greg Stinson, council president, thanked Barry for his work on the grant.
In other business, Stinson said Augsberg Church has an overdue water bill of $1,229.44 after the town changed billing procedures to reflect meter size.
Stinson said that Augsberg Church has had Indiana American Water reduce the size of its meter so it will no longer have the additional billed amount. He proposed allowing the church to pay its bill in four installments.
He said that Augsberg Church had the wrong size meter installed to begin with. It found the error after receiving the bill and sought to change meter size.
Jeanne Virtue, council vice president, asked if other entities may reduce their meter size and thereby reduce their bill and Stinson said yes, they were all sent a letter regarding the situation, but that Augsberg Church is the only one to do so thus far.
Councilman David Wodrich said he would like to see a blanket rule but Stinson said that there are residents, for-profit commercial entities and nonprofit groups that are affected. Consequently there must be a case-by-case resolution if water customers come forward to request a remedy. The town is following state law, he said.
The council also asked the town attorney to look into revising the rental agreement for Hawthorne Park such as requiring a permit to serve alcohol in accordance with state law and adding a provision for security at such events.
They also asked him to consider adding clauses to restrict use of the facilities by those who have abused the alcohol policy on site.
In closing comments, Stinson asked department heads to fill out proper paperwork for CEDIT fund request to make sure the town is spending money wisely.