The Porter Town
Council last night approved Fire Chief Jay Craig to go out for bids on a new
At the same
meeting, the Council conducted a first reading of ordinance 2018-16,
creating funds for spending the proceeds of the recently purchased $830,000
General Obligation (GO) bonds and paying off GO bond debt. The GO bonds will
fund the eventual purchase of the new engine.
Craig said the PFD
responded to 58 calls in October and ended the month with a total of 591
calls for the year. The previous record for calls in a year was 551.
Steven Davis is
firefighter of the month, and the PFD will host a Christmas open house and
toys for tots drive on Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the station, 550 W.
Beam Street. During that event, the department also welcomes donations of
non-perishable food items for families in need.
Police Chief Jamie
Spanier reported that he sent requests for quotes for 2019 police cars to
four dealerships, and only two responded. The Council approved the low
bidder, Grieger’s Dodge, which offered two vehicles fully-equipped for
Supervisor Brenda Brueckheimer reported the department salted roads for the
first time this year early Tuesday morning. Brueckheimer reported the price
of salt has unfortunately gone up from $51.39 a ton in 2017 to 64.82 a ton
this year. Brueckheimer also said Public Works has not stopped leaf pickup
yet. “We will continue until we can’t get them up off the ground,” she said.
received the Council’s permission to purchase a used 2009 GMC 8500 for
$33,164 from Western Motors in Braidwood, Ill. Brueckheimer said the truck
ran well when she test drove it, and it comes with a v-spreader and plow.
Brian Bugajski reported that he has opted to hire a dedicated seasonal
employee full-time and asked that the Council waive the typical probationary
period where new employees wait 90 days to start collecting benefits, in
light of the employee’s seven seasons of work for the Town. The Council
Council member Greg
Stinson thanked those who joined his St. Baldrick’s fundraising team and
donated. At a previous meeting, Stinson pledged to match the first $2,000
raised by the Town, and last night reported that the team raised over
$3,000--not including his match. Raising over $5,000 for the cause, Stinson
said his team was the top earning non-Greek organization this year.
In other business,
the Council approved a three-year contract with Republic Services and
conducted the first reading of ordinance 2018-15, the 2019 salary ordinance.