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Town eyes new Porter on the Lake Committee

Fri, Dec 9th 2022 09:20 am

Dec. 12 public hearing to discuss idea

The Town of Porter announced it would hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at Town Hall regarding formation of a new Porter on the Lake Committee. To be comprised of local residents, the group’s purpose will be to assist the town in its oversight of Porter on the Lake Town Park and other park areas in Porter.

The announcement follows action taken at the Porter Town Board’s Oct. 11 meeting where discussion focused on creating such a group to assist the town on its planning and objectives on parks operations and improvements. Councilman Larry White, who serves as board liaison on POTL matters, commented on the need for resident involvement to help the steer the town on better utilizing the park, planning its activities and helping to oversee improvements.

White said that much of that responsibility currently falls to Supervisor John “Duffy” Johnston, and that a new citizens committee could be helpful to the board in determining park needs now and down the road.

“It will help us manage park activities and plan for its future,” White said

At its Oct. 11 session, the Town Board approved a resolution to establish such a committee.

“It is desirable to establish a committee in the Town of Porter government that is responsible on an ongoing basis for examining the stewardship of the Town’s parks system and for determining whether residents’ needs are being met by the Town’s parks and open spaces,” the resolution read.

Expected to consist of nine members appointed by the Town Board, the committee would include a chair and vice chair. It also would have a line item on the town budget to cover related expenses – though members will not be compensated.

The committee would assist the supervisor and Town Board on a number of areas concerning town parklands, such as POTL, the town’s improved lakeside areas, cemeteries and open spaces in the town. Members would also make recommendations to the board and Department of Public Works on improvements and projects.

The resolution continued, “All significant issues involving parks or open spaces that come before any branch of Town government may be referred to the Committee for review and recommendation before they are approved.”

Following the Dec. 12 public hearing, the board is expected to establish a local law intended “to formalize a body that can look for ideas/funding.”

Residents are welcome to attend the session and offer comments. For more information, visit www.townofporter.net.

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