PIERCETON — The Pierceton Town Council monthly meeting began with the installation of the council’s newest president, Tom Barker. Barker, who was elected by eligible voters during last November’s election, received unanimous approval in a quick and quiet vote by the council.
A total of three seats were up for grabs during the fall’s election. Thomas Barker, Republican, and Matthew Brubaker, Republican, were two winners of the three-seat race. Armando (Mandy) Espinoza, Democrat and incumbent, was appointed by the council after a tie occurred between him and Aaron W. Robbins, Republican, for the third council seat.
In addition, those serving the town will include Jerry F. Kreger, who will act as the town clerk-treasurer, as well as Linda Bailey, who will serve as the new office clerk. All appointments went into effect Jan. 1.
In other business, Kreger took a moment to update the council and those in attendance on the implementation of the new trash collection service, provided by Advanced Disposal. According to Kreger, residents who signed up for the service have received trash totes from the company.
Those who have not yet received their totes are instructed to contact the clerk’s office at (574) 594-2231 to request a tote be delivered. Those needing an additional tote are also instructed to contact the clerk’s office. An additional monthly charge will be assessed for additional totes.
Kreger noted Advance Disposal has requested totes be placed roughly 3 feet from the curb with handles facing homes and the opening of the lid facing the street. This will help keep totes from becoming damaged during pick up.
In addition, those who are disabled as well as the elderly are advised to contact the clerk’s office to request additional assistance in collecting garbage that cannot be easily brought to the curb.
Residents are encouraged to continue utilizing the recycling bins at the municipal parking lot to lower their garbage output and tote usage. In addition, those wishing to dispose of an old trash can are advised to either place the empty bin at the curb during trash pick up or, for those with a green conscience, recycle at an area recycling center.
In other news:
- Phase 1 of the trail way, located at Pierceton/Washington Township Park is underway and slated to be completed in early spring. Please contact the clerk’s office to make a donation for phase 2.
- The 150th birthday celebration for the town of Pierceton is set to occur on a town-wide scale Aug. 26-28. Those wishing to volunteer to help with the activities for the celebration are asked to contact 574-594-2497.
- Residents are encouraged to visit the town’s website at www.Pierceton.us. There they may find resident information, local events and more.
- The first free community CPR event, sponsored by the Pierceton Fire Department, will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 30, at the fire station.
- Firefighter strategy and tactics classes are set to begin on Jan. 18, and will run for 6 weeks.
- Pierceton Fire Department is continuing to offer free smoke detectors and installation for anyone who needs them. Contact the department with inquiries.