PORTER | The Porter Town Council on Tuesday continued its preparations for next week's Fourth of July celebration.
The lakefront fireworks are set for July 2 at the Indiana Dunes State Park, Police Chief Jamie Spanier said.
At Spanier's request, the town attorney will review town code regarding peddler’s licenses and requests to sell food on the beach during the event. The council agreed to table any requests until the review is received.
Parking restrictions will be in effect for the event, Spanier said.
The Porter Midnight Parade is set for midnight July 3, council President Elka Nelson said.
The Family Fourth Fest in Hawthorne Park runs from 7 a.m. until fireworks at dusk.
Brian Bugajski said the next Sounds of Summer Concert will be at 7 p.m. July 10 in Hawthorne Park. The concert will feature a string quartet, and visitors may bring their own food.
In other business, Public Works Director Brenda Brueckheimer asked residents to stack branches from the storm along the road edge, no more than 4 feet high.
Assistant Fire Chief Jay Craig encouraged people to refrain from calling 911 in nonemergencies. A homeowner on Tremont Road had to call in on a nonemergency number Monday night when 911 was busy after his home was hit by lightning.
Spanier recommended residents keep their cars locked because Porter and Chesterton have been seeing an increase in thefts from unlocked vehicles.
The council approved an ordinance on second reading that would impose a fine on credit cards that are declined for payments to the town. Council members also advanced an ordinance to amend town code dealing with culverts on private property in relation to town repair.
Tyler Bogue, 17, from Boy Scout Troop 928, presented the council with his Eagle Scout project, a replica of the bell tower from the old Hageman School. Bogue gave a PowerPoint presentation on his design, construction and process.
“He did a fantastic job, he was a great team player, and it was an inspiration to see his enthusiasm,” Bruckheimer said.
The cupola will be on display with a bell at the town’s Fire Department.