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Porter Fire Department seeking volunteers

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By LILY REX

The Porter Fire Department wants you, Fire Chief Jay Craig said at last night’s Town Council meeting.

Craig said the Porter FD’s Fire Academy starts in February.

“Frankly, a lot of our firefighters are from Chesterton and Burns Harbor. I’d like to see more support from our local Porter people,” said Craig.

Those who join in February may be around when the Department gets its new fire truck. Craig also reported last night that after he went out for bids on the truck, the lowest, responsive and responsible bidder was Alexis Fire Equipment offering the truck for $538,029 with a $124,000 pre-construction pre-pay option that will save the Town about $2,000.

In other Fire Department business, Craig thanked all who participated in the annual open house Saturday and donated items. Craig reported the open house didn’t attract many visitors, but the Department may have collected more toys for tots and food drive items than ever before.

Craig also took a moment to explain why the Fire Department isn’t displaying its flags. “We would love to be displaying our flags proudly, but unfortunately all our flag poles are broken,” he said. The poles are expected to be replaced before Memorial Day.

Insurance

Steve Brady came before the Council to make annual recommendations for employee insurance. He recommended, and the Council approved, transferring employee dental coverage from Best Life to United for a savings of 49.7 percent on the dental premium. Best Life will remain the carrier for employee vision and life insurance.

Best Life was previously the carrier for employee dental, vision, and life insurance while United was the carrier for medical. Brady reported that medical benefits from United saw an increase in cost of 7.1 percent, but the savings from switching dental coverage results in an overall increase of only 3.6 percent on the total cost.

Another benefit of switching the dental coverage, Brady said, is that now Porter employees can choose from over 160 dental providers within a 10 mile radius, which is a tenfold increase over the number of in-network dental providers Best Life covered in the surrounding area.

Reorganization/Next meeting

The Council reorganized for 2019, unanimously electing Greg Stinson as President and Bill Lopez as Vice-president.

Council member Erik Wagner announced that the next Town council meeting has been rescheduled, on account of it falling on Christmas Day. The Town council’s second December meeting will be at the Town hall on Dec. 27 at 12 p.m.

Reminder from Porter Public Works

Porter Public Works reminds residents that organized brush pick-up has ended, but Public Works will collect brush if it is bundled correctly and left in front of residences.

* Branches should be tied in bundles no larger than four-feet by four-feet with all cut ends pointing in the same direction

* Anything with thorns or thistles should be in a separate pile

* The town doesn’t pick up debris from the removal of trees or the clearing of lots

Residents can visit the Town website, click on “Public Works,” then click on “Brush, Leaf, and Grass Rules,” to find out more information.

The Department also reported leaf pick-up has ended and thanked residents for their patience.

 

Posted 12/12/2018

 
 
 
 

 

 

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