PORTER | Just one night after Chesterton’s town council approved placement of GPS locator safety signs throughout their trails and parks, Porter also made the move toward extending the reach of emergency services during Tuesday night’s meeting.
The sign project, spearheaded by Valparaiso resident Bill Pauley, seeks to place GPS-linked coordinates throughout remote locations in the county and the Porter County Commissioners have funded the signs up to $10,000, which will cover between 600 to 800 signs.
“If there is trouble on the trail, emergency services have a direct location to go to. It makes our parks and trails much safer,” said Brian Bugajski, Porter’s director of parks.
Bugajski said he had identified locations for 30 signs and would be using seasonal labor and PACT workers to do the installation.
Council members unanimously approved the measure.
In other business, the council approved on first reading an ordinance that seeks to amend town code related to procedure when a resident or business does not pay the water bill.
Attorney Gregg Sobkowski told the council the town, in their agreement with Indiana American Water, can request the company turn off a customer’s service if they have not paid, and notice on a hearing procedure would be sent to the customer in case they wish to appeal the move.
He said they had revised the disconnection notice to reflect this procedure, the discontinuance of water service would be enacted after continued delinquency, and the council will make the final vote at the next meeting.
In council comments, Council Vice President Jeannine Virtue, who presided over the meeting in President Elka Nelson’s absence, commended council member Greg Stinson’s fundraising efforts for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, resulting in his bald head on April 21.
Virtue said Stinson had raised $2,500 for the childhood cancer charity and Stinson responded, “I wasn’t cutting my flowing locks off for nothing.”