MUNSTER | The Town Council has prepared for the Lake County E-911 consolidation by approving the purchase of 130 Motorola radios for police, fire and public works employees.
The total expenditures, with accessories and a warranty, tallied $828,346, to be paid for out of Police and Fire, municipal bond and public safety funds. Council President John Reed abstained from the voice, noting his law firm’s legal representation of Motorola.
By state law, countywide consolidation of E-911 emergency service dispatch is to be operational by Jan. 1.
In related public safety news, the council approved increasing the uniform allotment for fire personnel, rising from $110 to $300 annually. Volunteer firefighters also will see their fuel stipend rise from $100 to $150 annually, to be paid in February.
Public works and parks employees as well as community service officers will now receive an $800 clothing allowance after one year of service. The town will pay the initial clothing costs for new employees.
In creating the clothing stipends, the town effectively does way with a quartermaster system, enabling the clerk-treasurer’s office to no longer keep receipts for individual clothing purchases.
In March, the town raised the annual uniform allowance for police officers from to $1,700 per month — a $1,000 increase, and a move said to put Munster in line with what police departments in some neighboring communities receive. Munster police hadn’t received a uniform allowance increase in 15 years.
The council funded replacement of 32 fire hydrants across town at a cost $39,972.