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Porter Fire Department going out to bid for new fire engine

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By LILY REX

The Porter Town Council last night approved Fire Chief Jay Craig to go out for bids on a new fire engine.

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.

Reports

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 $79,878.78.

Public Works 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.

Brueckheimer also 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.

Parks Director 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 agreed.

Council Comments

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.

Other Approvals

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.

 

 

 

Posted 11/14/2018

 
 
 
 

 

 

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