Roadside cleanups May 10 still need Porter volunteers

2014-04-22T20:20:00Z 2014-04-22T20:32:09Z Roadside cleanups May 10 still need Porter volunteersHeather Augustyn Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 22, 2014 8:20 pm  • 

PORTER | Public Works Director Brenda Brueckheimer said department employees and volunteers will conduct roadway cleanups from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10, working on the north side of U.S. 12 and the beach area.

She told the Porter Town Council on Tuesday night she is looking for additional volunteers.

Brueckheimer said she hopes that businesses will adopt their street but anyone can volunteer to adopt a street. Those interested should call her department at (219) 926-4212.

Brueckheimer said there were 19 entries for the rain barrel competition at last weekend’s Earth Day event at the Porter County Expo Center.

First place in the high school category went to Victory Christian School, and first in the elementary category went to Northview Elementary.

Brueckheimer gave one of several updates from department heads during the council meeting.

At the request of Police Chief Jamie Spanier, the council approved an assemblage permit for the Chesterton Art Fair in Hawthorne Park pending insurance as well as a request from Cause to Compete for a marathon and half-marathon to be held on Mother’s Day.

Clerk Treasurer Carol Pomeroy once again warned residents to not fill their swimming pools until June 16 because the water bill will not be adjusted for summer sprinkling until after that date.

Dollar General has done a soft opening and now is open for business, but it plans a grand opening in about three weeks, said Michael Barry, director of development and building commissioner.

The council amended town code and passed on first reading an ordinance on fences, but President Greg Stinson said the ordinance fails to account for the Porter Beach overlay to the zoning section. Attorney Gregg Sobkowski said he will make changes to reflect language to distinguish Porter Beach.

The council will vote on the ordinance on second reading at its next meeting.

Stinson thanked town employees for their participation on Team Porter, which raised more than $4,000 for St. Baldricks. They shaved their heads, including eight volunteer firemen who raised an additional $2,500.

Matt Reardon, from SEH, presented a giant check that reflected a $500 donation on behalf of Michael Barry and the town of Porter to the Westchester Neighbors Food Pantry.

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