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Town of Staunton receives award

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Staunton Town Council members (from left) Ed Nevins and Andy Kirchner received an Indiana Public Employers' Plan safety award for 2011 from town insurance agent Dale Loughmiller (center) Monday. [Order this photo]
STAUNTON -- On Monday, members of the Staunton Town Council learned the town had received a state award.

Town insurance agent Dale Loughmiller attended the council's monthly meeting Monday and presented the town with the Indiana Public Employers' Plan Safety Award for 2011.

According to Loughmiller, the award was presented to the town for its "excellent worker safety record."

Information provided by Loughmiller stated the award "not only rewards the prevention of accidents among employees, but also emphasizes the cost savings to governmental agencies by keeping workers on the job."

Staunton is one of 510 government entities in the state whose employees are covered by Indiana Public Employers' Plan, Inc. (IPEP).

Meanwhile, the council received an update on the town's new firehouse.

During the meeting, Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department (PTVFD) Fire Chief Larry Tempel informed the council the new firehouse should be fully operational before the end of the year.

"We're getting close," Tempel said.

"I'm glad to see you're getting it done," Council President Andy Kirchner added.

Earlier this year, Tempel told The Brazil Times some setbacks had caused a delay in the completion of the building.

However, on Monday, he said the building should be fully functional by December.

In 2009, the department was awarded a $1.2 million grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

It was one of four fire departments in Indiana to receive grant money through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Former Staunton resident Matt Reed helped the department with the grant proposal, which was eventually finished with additional help from West Central Indiana Economic Development District (WCIEDD) grant administrator Kristy Jerrell.

Fire departments nationwide that applied for the grant were judged on firefighting safety, response times and the ability to go "green."

The new station will incorporate "green" elements, which was required in order to receive the grant money. For example, it will include cross ventilation, geothermal heating/cooling, a "green" roof, radiant floors and LED or CFL lighting.

The new station is located at 407 E. Columbus St., Staunton. The old station, which is across the street, will be used for storage and training.

In other news, the town:

* Learned from Town Marshal Chuck Jones that he had received a few dog complaints in the past month, and

* Learned two new street signs were placed within town limits,

The Staunton Town Council meets regularly on the second Monday of each month. Its next scheduled meeting is for 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 12.

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