The Indiana Township Association (ITA) proudly presented its “Township of the Year” award to Porter Township, Porter County, Ed Morales, Township Trustee.
Recently, Porter Township, under the leadership of Trustee Morales, expanded the resources of the food pantry through generous donations from the private business community. The food pantry accommodates the growing need of assistance with food and other basic necessities. The township also delivers low cost medications, thanksgiving baskets and distributes “Toys for Tots” to the township clients.
In a move that saved taxpayers thousands of dollars, the township merged its two fire departments – Boone Grove and Lake Eliza – which made the larger department eligible for more federal grants.
After the merger and with upgrades in fire equipment, the Insurance Service Office rating dropped from 9 to 6, which saved the average home owner $200 - $300 per year on their home owners insurance and the township, as whole, thousands of dollars.
This year, Porter Township announced plans to renovate six township cemeteries with private donations.
Each year, the ITA’s Awards Committee, searches for townships that move “above and beyond” toward effective delivery of services in the most economical means possible. Additionally, the committee members seek to give recognition for innovation and progress.
Debbie Driskell, ITA Executive Director, stated that “Porter Township, Porter County, certainly represents the model township.”
“The Trustee and Board have worked together to find efficiencies and the willingness to do whatever it takes to meet the needs of its citizens.”