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 email@example.com 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.
business, the council voted unanimously to declare surplus the following
Street Department items: a pickup truck, a dump truck, and an asphalt
Viewing will begin
at 6 p.m. Oct. 17, with the auction itself commencing at 7 p.m.
CFD Open House
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.