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