PORTER | The Porter Town Council approved an ordinance to amend the Porter zoning map, paving the way for the purchase of the shuttered Splash Down Dunes Waterpark.
Seven Peaks, a Utah-based entertainment company, won their request last week after a public hearing at the Porter Board of Zoning Appeals, which the council endorsed on Tuesday night.
The rezone corrects an error in the zoning of the parcels.
Council member Bill Cantrell was absent and Elka Nelson recused herself from the vote.
In other action, Porter residents and students Eric Ailes and Sophia Keating spoke about their organization of the Summer Safety Fest, hosted by Porter police, fire, public works, and parks departments.
The event, set for 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Hawthorne Park, will offer hands-on activities for kids of all ages and demonstrations from emergency crews.
The council approved three assemblage permits for the 4th Fest Parade, filed by Duneland Business Initiative Group; the Midnight Parade, filed by Wilson Management DBA the Village Tavern; and the Art Fair held in Hawthorne Park, filed by the Chesterton Art Center.
In closing remarks, Council President Greg Stinson noted Bill Cantrell’s absence and said due to poor health he tendered his resignation effective July 1.
The council unanimously passed a resolution proclaiming June 26 Bill Cantrell Day in the town of Porter and Stinson read, “Bill Cantrell has tirelessly served the Town of Porter for many years and the Town of Porter is a better community because of his selfless commitment to our community.”