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Protect Your Water Mains and Lines From Freezing
The City of Porter is advising residents to run a slow stream of
water from a faucet in your home or business to prevent water
mains on your property from freezing. As spring approaches, the
risk of water mains freezing will actually become greater as the
frost lines are driven further into the ground. To date the city
has experienced only 1 water main freezing, but neighboring
communities and the Lincoln - Pipestone Rural Water System are
reporting multiple main freezes. The frost line is currently
between 6.5 and 7.5 feet deep, and as deep as 9 feet in some
areas according to local rural water systems.
The easiest way to assess the risk of
freezing mains is to take the temperature of the cold water
coming out of the faucet in your home. After running the water
for a couple minutes, take its temperature, if it is below 37
degrees, you are in the danger zone of potential freezing. By
running a small stream, about the thickness of a small pen, at
all times in your home, enough water will move through your
water main to prevent it from freezing.
Property owners are responsible for costs associated with water
mains and pipes frozen within their property beyond the city's
water shut-off. Citizens concerned about the costs associated
with running their water can
feel free to contact a member of the City Council.
Porter Community Market Day Sale Date Set
The Annual Porter Community Market Day Sale (aka. The Porter
Auction) will be held on Saturday, April 26. Watch our site for
more details as they become available.
April City Council Meeting Date Change
The April City Council Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 3
at 7:00 PM. The date and time change is to accommodate the city's
Truth in Taxation meeting that will be held at 6:30 PM on
Thursday April 3.
Public Notice - Truth in Taxation Meeting
The City of Porter will hold its Truth in Taxation meeting at
6:30 PM on Thursday, April 3. The meeting will take place in the
Fire Hall meeting room.
Porter Post Office to Remain Open Under Revised Office
Based on feedback provided by 75 Porter
citizens, the US Postal Service will be keeping the Porter Post
Office open, but with much shorter window hours than in the
past. Citizens indicated that under the 2 hour per day window
hour schedule, that 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM would be the ideal time
for the Post Office window to be open Monday through Friday and
10:15 AM to 11:30 AM on Saturday. The Post Office Lobby will
continue to remain open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for
patrons to pick up mail from PO Boxes and deposit outgoing mail
in the building.
Concerns were expressed about the pick-up time for outgoing mail
in our area. Under the Post Office's new schedule, all mail
leaving Porter and much of the surrounding area, departs at
approximately 1:00 PM daily. If a letter or parcel needs to go
out on a specific day, it is advised that you take it directly
to the Post Office by 1:00 PM that day to ensure that it goes
out on the truck. Letters picked up by route carries cannot be
guaranteed to make it to the Post Office by the mail departure
time and will likely go out with the following day's mail.
Postal Service representatives also
clarified concerns about how the Porter Post Office receives
credit for the mail that is handled and stamps sold. Only mail
received in the Porter Post Office and Delivered to the Porter
Post Office's PO Boxes is credited to the Porter Post Office.
Mail delivered street-side by route drivers is credited to the
Canby Post Office. For stamp sales, the current route driver has
been bringing stamp purchases to the Porter Post Office for
fulfillment when picked up within the City of Porter. All
stamps sold in the Porter Post Office, either through the window
or via PO Box are credited to the Porter Post Office, this is
also the case for any stamp orders addressed to the Porter Post
Office from anywhere. It was
also pointed out that stamps purchased online and delivered to
an address in the 56280 zip code are
now credited to the Porter Post Office as well.
Porter Community Hall Shadow Boxes Complete
New shadow boxes have been built in the Porter Community Hall
and will be used to display memorabilia from Porter's past. If you
have any items you wish to donate to the city to have displayed,
please contact any city council member. Original or high-quality
newspaper articles will be accepted.
Porter Community Hall Information
Check out the new area of our website with information about the
Porter Community Hall.
Porter Event Photos
Do you have photos of Harvest
Festival, the Porter Auction or other events? Email them to
caption descriptions and they will get posted to the Porter
Keeping The Community Informed Has Never Been Easier
Now it is even easier to pass the
word about events in Porter and the surrounding area. Simply
fill out the information form at the bottom of the all new
Community Events and Calendar
Page and submit your event. Your submission will be validated
and posted to the calendar promptly!
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