Chief John Jarka has been greenlighted to go out to bid for a new fire
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.
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.
In other business,
members agreed by consensus to schedule the annual town auction for
Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Street Department, 1490 Broadway.
scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., with the auction to follow at 7 p.m.
authorized Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela and Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann
to secure the services of auctioneer James Waggoner.
Chief Dave Cincoski reported that installation has begun on a new video
surveillance system for the station, several weeks after the old one failed.
Solutions is doing the job, at a cost of $15,955.
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
“They went above
and beyond,” Kuziela said.