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Chesterton Fire Department to go out to bid for new engine

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Chesterton Fire Chief John Jarka has been greenlighted to go out to bid for a new fire engine.

At its meeting Monday night, the Town Council voted unanimously to give Jarka the go-ahead.

The new engine will replace the Engine 512, a 2000 Pierce Saber which--until it lost its rear axle and threw the differential in July during driver training--had been the CFD’s main backup, in support of the primary engine, No. 510, a 2015 Sutphen.

Jarka had previously determined that the cost of repairing the 18-year-old Pierce Saber could be higher than the vehicle is worth. He also investigated the possibility of replacing it with a demo model but learned that those available are too small for the amount of equipment the CFD regularly carries to a scene.

In this case speccing out a new engine was considerably easier than the last time the CFD was in the market for one, three years ago, since Jarka had to hand the bid package used to acquire the Sutphen.

The CFD has one other backup engine but it’s 26 years old: No. 511, a Pierce International.

Bids are scheduled to be opened at the council’s Oct. 8 meeting.

Annual Auction

In other business, members agreed by consensus to schedule the annual town auction for Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Street Department, 1490 Broadway.

Viewing is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., with the auction to follow at 7 p.m.

Members also authorized Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela and Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann to secure the services of auctioneer James Waggoner.

CPD Surveillance System

Meanwhile, Police Chief Dave Cincoski reported that installation has begun on a new video surveillance system for the station, several weeks after the old one failed.

VST Security Solutions is doing the job, at a cost of $15,955.

Horizon Bank

Finally, Kuziela had this bit of good news to report: that, after conducting a review of two of the Town of Chesterton’s accounts, Horizon Bank has increased one account’s interest rate from 0.05 percent to 1.50 percent; and has upgraded the other account, a non-interest bearing one, to pay a rate of 0.50 percent.

“They went above and beyond,” Kuziela said.



Posted 8/29/2018




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