PORTER | The Porter Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday to merge police dispatch units with Chesterton.
The Town Council approved signing a memorandum of understanding with Chesterton to merge police dispatch services after Chesterton signed the agreement Monday night.
Porter Police Chief Jamie Spanier said the deal has been in the works for three years to save money and comply with new state law that requires only two dispatch centers in the county.
There will now be the consolidated unit in Porter and the other at the Porter County Sheriff’s Department.
Spanier said that the consolidation will happen soon.
“Everything physical has been done and Chesterton is looking at a timeline of five to six weeks."
In other business, Clerk-Treasurer Carol Pomeroy reported an insurance reimbursement in the amount of $32,457.38 was received from Indiana American Water from a water main break in Hunter’s Glen, which caused damage to an easement.
Council Vice President Jeannine Virtue, liaison to the public works department, said the department will only salt intersections and hills from for the rest of the season due to a salt shortage.
“We have gone through quite a bit of salt as have all the communities in the area, and with the nature of the contract, our hands are tied," Town Council President Greg Stinson said. "We are under contract until that runs out and residents need to be aware that the normal practice of salting will be greatly diminished because there is just no salt in the state of Indiana."