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.
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
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.
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.”
The Public Works
Department reminded residents to pay close attention to snow routes and
abide by parking bans.
also conduct wellness checks on their neighbors--especially elderly
neighbors-- and look out for each other in the cold weather.
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.