PORTER | Webb Ford in Highland was the lowest bid plus trade-ins for two 2014 Ford utility trucks for the Police Department, Chief Jamie Spanier told the Town Council on Tuesday.
Webb's bid was $68,098. There were two other bidders.
Eric Walsh from Umbaugh & Associates presented the council with a financial plan and projections for every facet of the town’s budget to help guide future decisions.
He said that the state legislature’s proposed bill to ban personal property tax for businesses should be of concern for the town since it will greatly affect the town’s income.
“We would recommend using local roads and streets to fund the motor vehicle and highway budget. CEDIT will have to get you through the next couple of years. The park funds could help generate funds for the operating budget, and the cumulative capital development fund can help offset the general fund issue,” he said.
Flow Techniques had the lowest quote for a trailer-mounted suction portable lift pump system, which is needed for IDEM compliance. The council unanimously approved Its $37,109 quote paid out of the sewer utility fund.
The council also approved a proposal to modify the town’s pump lift stations, which also are part of the IDEM compliance requirements. The preliminary engineering and design would cost $17,000 with an additional $2,500 for the bidding process paid out of the sewer utility fund.
Building Commissioner Michael Barry said he received go ahead from INDOT to complete the Porter-Brickyard Trail. There will be a ribbon cutting once work is complete.
He said that the town has received an award for its work with the Indiana Dunes State Park and Porter County Tourism for its efforts on the Duneland Kankakee Trail.