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Ton invites community to donate toward cost of infant rescue box

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By KEVIN NEVERS

Chesterton Town Council Member Jim Ton, R-1st, is inviting businesses and other organizations in town to consider donating toward the cost of installing and maintaining an infant rescue box at the fire station.

As Ton noted at Monday’s meeting, the one-time cost of installing the system is $10,000, plus an annual fee of $200 to cover any upgrades to the device and a $40 monthly fee for alarm monitoring.

The box would work much like a depository at a bank: once it has been opened and then closed, it cannot be re-opened until the CFD has re-set it from inside. Boxes come equipped with three alarms: the first is activated automatically when the box is opened; the second, when a baby is placed on the pad (which is either heated or cooled depending on the season); and the third time, when--if--the person leaving the baby elects to activate it.

Anyone who wishes to discuss the box further may contact Ton at jton@chestertonin.org or Fire Chief John Jarka at 926-7162.

Joint Town Auction

In other business, members voted unanimously to hold a joint municipal auction this year with the Town of Porter, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Chesterton Street Department, 1490 Broadway.

As part of that agreement, the towns of Chesterton and Porter will split 50/50 the $600 advertising fee charged by contracted auctioneer James Waggoner and each will also pay Waggoner 15 percent of the gross sales generated by the auction of those items which the towns have respectively declared surplus.

In related business, the council voted unanimously to declare surplus the following Street Department items: a pickup truck, a dump truck, and an asphalt spreader.

Viewing will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 17, with the auction itself commencing at 7 p.m.

CFD Open House

Meanwhile, Jarka announced that the CFD will hold its annual fire prevention open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.

The event coincides with National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7-13.

 

 

Posted 9/25/2018

 
 
 
 

 

 

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