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.
Kittredge, R-2nd, thanked Doyle and Kuziela for ensuring that the data
reviewed by the Salary Study Group will allow for “apples-to-apples
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
Pot of Money
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
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
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
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
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.