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Town Salary Study Group ready to begin work

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The Chesterton Town Council’s ad hoc Salary Study Group has compiled the information it needs to begin a serious review of discrepancies which may exist between the wages paid to Chesterton employees and those who work for other municipalities.

At the council’s meeting Monday night, Member Dane Lafata, D-2nd, announced that Town Manager Bernie Doyle and Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela have done an excellent job in providing the Salary Study Group with the information and data it needs to begin that review.

Lafata said that he, Doyle, and Kuziela will begin meeting in the next few weeks.

President Lloyd Kittredge, R-2nd, thanked Doyle and Kuziela for ensuring that the data reviewed by the Salary Study Group will allow for “apples-to-apples comparisons.”

The council created the Salary Study Group late last year in response to concerns voiced by municipal employees--police officers and firefighters among them--that their wages aren’t keeping pace with those of comparable workers in other jurisdictions.

Pot of Money

for Diesel Conversions

In other business, Member Jim Ton, R-1st, brought this information back from last week’s meeting of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission: that “a big pot of money” is available to municipalities interested in replacing or converting the diesel engines on fleet vehicles.

That money is part of the Volkswagen consent decree and is being administered by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

It is, essentially, free money, Ton emphasized: no match required. “Any department interested in converting diesel, this is the chance,” he said.

Snow Removal Help

Meanwhile, Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg expressed his gratitude to the Fire, Building, and Engineering departments for their assistance last week in clearing snow from the streets.

“That seemed to go well,” Kittredge said.

“It was a couple of long days,” Schnadenberg replied.

RIP, Chief Craig

At Ton’s suggestion, members opened the meeting with a moment of silence in honor of the late Porter Fire Chief Lewis T. Craig Sr., who died Jan. 17 at the age of 74.

Later in the meeting Fire Chief John Jarka offered his condolences to Craig’s family and to the community of Porter, which Craig served for 45 years, 27 of them as PFD Chief. “It was an honor to help plan the funeral of Chief Craig,” he said.

Jarka added that Monday was also the ninth anniversary of the death of Chesterton Fire Chief Warren “Skip” Highwood. “It was a very difficult day,” he ventured.



Posted 1/24/2018




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