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Town Council approves temporary handicapped parking space on 8th St

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The Chesterton Town Council has created a temporary handicapped parking space on South Eighth Street.

At their meeting Monday night, members voted 4-0 to grant the petition of a resident of the rental property at 324 S. Eighth Street for a designated on-street handicapped parking space in front of the residence.

Member Sharon Darnell, D-4th, was not in attendance.

The Police Commission previously endorsed the handicapped space, after Police Chief Dave Cincoski reported that the resident had fulfilled all the requirements for the creation of one.

The space will be striped, marked, and maintained by the Street Department, and the resident does understand that it’s a public handicapped space and may be used by any certified handicapped motorist.

At such time as the resident vacates the rental property, the handicapped parking space will revert to a non-handicapped space.

In other business, Cincoski announced the award of two ballistic vests for the CPD’s two K-9 units, Igor (handled by Sgt. Dan Rocha) and Kahr (handled by Officer Erik Herbert).

Courtesy of the not-for-profit Vested Interests in K-9s, based in East Taunton, Mass.. whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to law enforcement K-9 partners across the U.S.

Vested Interest in K-9s has provided 930 dogs in 39 states with more than $880,000 in protective vests, Cincoski told the Chesterton Tribune after the meeting. In March alone, the organization raised more than $335,000 in 19 days--as a charity partner in a Groupon campaign--in memory of K-9 Rocco of the Pittsburgh, Pa., Police Department, who gave his life in the line of duty in January. All vests awarded from that campaign will be embroidered “In Memory of K-9 Rocco, Pittsburgh Police Department.”

Cincoski expressed his gratitude to Vested Interest in K-9s for its generous contribution to the CPD.

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Meanwhile, members voted 4-0 to authorize Cincoski to apply for a $3,400 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice for the purchase of new bulletproof vests for the CPD’s bipedal officers.

That grant would reimburse 50 percent of the vests’ cost, around $950 each, Cincoski said.

All vests must be replaced after five years of use.

Employee Assistance Program

Members also voted 4-0 to re-establish an employee assistance program (EAP) through Franciscan Alliance to provide counseling services to the town’s workers.

A previous EAP was eliminated when the town’s clinic agreement with Franciscan Alliance was re-negotiated.

The EAP provides for six counseling visits per employee per year, at a cost of $45 per employee per year or $345 per month.

“It’s been a good program for us,” Town Manager Bernie Doyle said. “It’s served us well.”



Posted 4/30/2014