CHESTERTON | Twelve town employees were recognized with a longevity award at Monday night’s Town Council meeting.
Town Manager Bernie Doyle presented awards to: Mark Lynk, 25 years with the street department; Gayle Polakowski, 25 years as clerk-treasurer; Rick Fancher, 25 years with the building department; Charles Rinker, 20 years with the Police Department; Bruce Mathias, 20 years with the parks department; Paul Williams, 20 years with the utilities department; Randolph Komisarcik, 15 years with the Police Department; David Cincoski, 15 years with the Police Department; Amiee Gilbert, 10 years with the Fire Department; Steve Himan, 10 years with the Fire Department; Griffin Baltz, 10 years with the parks department; and Clint Iler, 10 years with the utilities department.
The council also proclaimed April 11 as Joanne Lewis Day in recognition of Lewis’ service in the clerk-treasurer's office since 1989. Lewis will be retiring at the end of the month. She served as deputy clerk-treasurer, going “above and beyond the call of duty,” officials said.
In other business, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported that the Ind. 49 Corridor is complete and shovel ready and the punch list will be reviewed in July.
He also said officials are negotiating with a company to do design for the Westchester-Liberty Trail.
Mark Pruitt, a neighbor of property at 221 Porter Ave., approached the council to inquire about the tree that fell into the property on November 18, 2013, and when the eyesore would be remedied.
Street commissioner John Schnadenberg said that he has spent hours trying to track down the owner of the property and has had difficulty since it is in foreclosure, but the town cannot remove the tree since it would be liable.
Town Attorney Charles Lukmann said his office will investigate and “go after the proper people.”
Schnadenberg also reported they are switching over some of the town’s decorative lights to LED lighting to save money.