PORTER | Officials of Porter approved contributing $3,000 for the July 2 Fireworks on the Lakefront.
During Tuesday's Town Council meeting, Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Heather Ennis sought the contribution and asked they act as contract signer for the annual event.
The Town Council will use Porter County economic development income tax funds. It was the same request as last year.
Ennis said Porter was the first municipality she had contacted this year. She noted the total cost for the event is $25,000 — including advertising, barge, entertainment and the pyrotechnics.
“This is an awesome event for this area,” Councilman David Wodrich said.
Crowd estimates last year were 13,000, Ennis said. The numbers are are calculated using gate counts and busing totals, but officials believe it has grown by about 3,000 attendees each year.
In related business, Police Chief Jamie Spanier said he had received a request for a parade for the Family 4th Fest on July 4 which will take place at 9 a.m. using the same route as last year, which the council approved. Council President Elka Nelson reported the Porter Midnight Parade is also expected to continue this year.
Porter Public Works Director Brenda Brueckheimer reported her department is commencing spring cleanup for residents who have brush and leaves, and she said her staff has picked up an inordinate amount of garbage along local streets.