Fire Chief Eric Camel has the go-ahead to begin preparing specifications for
a new engine, after Engine 510 was totaled earlier this fall while on an
emergency run in an accident at the intersection of Ind. 49 and 1100N.
The Town Council
unanimously voted to green-light Camel as well as to approach Westchester
Township Trustee Suzanne Philbrick about the possibility of the township’s
making up some of the difference between the cost of a new engine and the
insurance payout on the old one. The CFD provides fire protection service
for select portions of unincorporated Westchester Township.
As Member Jennifer
Fisher, I-5th--liaison to the CFD--explained to her colleagues, she and
Camel have been working on options to replace Engine 510 “but we’ve been
unable to find anything used which would be adequate.”
you’ve provided to the council was very well done,” Member Jim Ton, R-1st,
told Fisher prior to the vote. “I appreciate your efforts for working with
Interim Chief Camel and Interim Deputy Chief Nate Williams.”
Unused CPD Vacation
In other business,
members voted unanimously to approve Interim Police Chief Nick Brown’s
request to extend some officers’ unused vacation hours into 2021. “Due to
COVID, many officers weren’t taking vacation,” Brown said. “They were
working for sick officers, to keep our roads covered.”
Ton, liaison to the
CPD, voiced his support of Brown’s request. “They did that in good faith,”
voted unanimously to approve an ordinance which specifies a policy for
municipal towing services, including eligibility requirements, hours of
operation, and authorized fees. Among other things, towing services must
accept credit cards in payment on scene and may not recommend repair or body
services shall be designated and serve solely at the discretion of the Chief
of Police. If more than one service is authorized to tow vehicles at the
request of the Police Department, a tow list shall be established by the
department and a rotation scheduled shall be implemented.”
Jim Anton of Anton
Insurance Agency reported that premiums for the town’s 2021 property and
liability insurance will increase by nearly 12 percent.
That increase, he
said, is “exposure based,” partly the result of a jump of around $800,000 in
municipal property values; partly the result of a net increase in the
municipal fleet of 11 vehicles.
suggestion, members voted unanimously to re-elect Sharon Darnell, D-4th, to
the presidency for 2021; and Lloyd Kittredge, R-2nd, to the vice-presidency.
Ton cited the need for consistency and seamlessness going into 2021, after a
very difficult 2020.
Members also agreed
to hold a special meeting by Zoom at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4, for the purpose
of announcing board and commission appointments for 2021.
Ton took a moment
at the meeting to laud Clerk-Treasurer Courtney Udvare for her fine work
during the recent audit of municipal accounts by the Indiana State Board of
Accounts (ISBA). "Our clerk-treasurer did an outstanding job in
presenting for the audit,” he said. “Thank you for a great job, Courtney.”
Ton added that he was unable to comment on the audit itself, but the results
will be released soon by ISBA.
Superintendent Dave Ryan thanked his staff for its superb work during a
difficult year and also the council for its ongoing support of the Utility.
Fisher ended the
meeting by expressing her gratitude to her colleagues. “2020 presented many
hardships and challenges, and I’m so grateful I have been able to serve with
you,” she said. “I’m honored and humbled to have served with you. And I want
to wish the community a happy, healthy, excellent New Year.”