Porter hears of county bail out on tornado siren maintenance

2014-02-26T08:13:00Z 2014-02-26T19:53:21Z Porter hears of county bail out on tornado siren maintenanceHeather Augustyn Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
February 26, 2014 8:13 am  • 

PORTER | Fire Chief Lewis Craig told members of the Town Council on Tuesday that Porter County Emergency Management Agency director Russell Shirley had notified the town that the county will no longer maintain the town’s tornado sirens, despite an agreement to do so.

Craig said that four years ago the former Porter County EMA Director Phil Griffith established an agreement with Porter to maintain their tornado sirens at no cost to the town.

However, the letter from Shirley, which was sent to the town’s radio repair company, said that the county will no longer maintain the sirens due to lack of funds.

Although Craig said he would look into another source to maintain the sirens and would present the council with a contract for their consideration, Council President Greg Stinson said he would like the town attorney to review the letter and agreement, to “see if there is any recourse on violation of the agreement.”

“We don’t have the money either and the county should know that because they’re the ones giving us the money,” Stinson said.

In other business, Public Works Director Brenda Brueckheimer said that a four-inch water main had broken on Monday on Waverley at Burwell and that all residents north of Burwell will have their water shut off on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for repair.

She said that a 24-hour boil order will commence after the water is restored.

Attorney Gregg Sobkowski notified council members that he had reached a settlement with Orchard Apartments over un-billed water charges in the amount of $60,000 with half of that due up front and the balance due within three months.

The council unanimously agreed to the settlement.

Resident Bruce Chelf addressed concerns over the Orchard Pedestrian Trail route and said that it will affect his neighborhood in Hunters Glen by killing trees and reducing property values.

Stinson told Chelf that such concerns will be heard during upcoming redevelopment commission meetings and that the current proposed route is likely to change.

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