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The Highland Town Council has highballed the payments it has pledged for the West Lake Corridor extension project to stretch the South Shore Railroad to Dyer.

John J. Watkins, Times file photo

HIGHLAND — Public safety was a major theme with the Town Council last week.

The council authorized Fire Chief Bill Timmer to purchase 30 self-contained breathing units at a cost of $6,437 each.

Also being purchased are six thermal imagers for $800 each; two battery chargers for $500 each; and two lithium spare batteries for $275 each.

Timmer said the equipment will be received early next year.

The council also gave initial approval for Police Chief Pete Hojnicki to purchase two 2018 AWD Dodge Chargers.

A black Charger will come from Thomas Dodge of Highland for $24,028, while a white unit comes from John Jones Automotive Dealership in Salem, Indiana, for $24,017.

Hojnicki said final council approval will come later this month.

"Then, it will be two days" for delivery, he said.

In other business:

  • The council set Dec. 27, for its next business meeting.
  • Members of Highland Girl Scout Troop 10287 were recognized by the council for their annual service of decorating the Town Hall Christmas tree.