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45 years: Lewis Craig retires as Porter Fire Chief

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After 45 years of dedicated service, Porter Fire Department Chief Lewis Craig Sr. will retire on Jan. 8.

Craig said that he has loved serving the Town as Fire Chief, but feels it’s time to step down, though he will continue to share his wisdom with the Department. “I’ll stick around and remain a volunteer to help out as much as I can,” he said.

Craig left the podium to a standing ovation, and Council President Greg Stinson thanked him for his many years of service.

In other Fire Department business, Deputy Fire Chief Jay Craig extended thanks to an anonymous donor who donated four bicycles to Toys for Tots. Craig said the same donor has given at least three bikes each year for several years and always refuses recognition. “He’s kind of an inspiration for us to continue with our holiday open house every year.”

Craig also thanked the firefighters for their hard work on the open house.

Council Election

In other business, Stinson suggested that the council conduct its election of officers for 2018, so the next president would have more time to settle in and get organized. The Council unanimously elected Eric Wagner as President and Ross LeBleu as Vice-President.

Stinson said he enjoyed his time leading the council, but that it was time to move on. “If you need any support, you know where to find me. I’m not going anywhere,” he added.

911 Radios

Police Chief Jamie Spanier reported that there have been problems with the new 911 radios which the town has received in accordance with Porter County’s switch to an 800 megahertz 911 system. Spanier requested that the cost of upgrades to the town system and of returning and replacing some nonfunctioning portable radios--$23,162.62--be earmarked from 2017’s budget to be spent next year.

The council approved Spanier’s request, and Stinson said that he was pleased with the new number, which is down from an earlier estimate. “That’s less than half of what we thought we’d have to do for this.”

Other Business

The Public Works Department reminded residents to pay close attention to snow routes and abide by parking bans.

Residents should also conduct wellness checks on their neighbors--especially elderly neighbors-- and look out for each other in the cold weather.

The Fire Department, for its part, reminded landlords that their smoke detector certificates are due for 2018. Landlords should inspect and perform maintenance on all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on a property and submit the form by Jan. 31. Only landlords can check, install, or replace batteries in the units.



Posted 12/27/2017




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