Park caretaker Jim Harrison passed away recently, and the North Judson Town Board took a portion of their meeting to express condolences to his family. North Judson Clerk-Treasurer Connie Miller described Harrison as a very dedicated and dependable employee to the county who will be sorely missed.
“He lived for the park in the summertime. He was up here at five o’ clock in the mornings, unlocking the bathrooms, and he’d be back at 10 o’ clock at night. He was very, very dependable, and he did a good job. He’s definitely going to be hard to replace,” said Miller.
Purchases for the Police and Fire Departments were also discussed at the meeting. A request was submitted from the Police Department for four safety vests, which was approved at a cost of $2,951.92.
The Fire Department submitted their monthly report as well, and requested a new roof saw. The current roof saw, Miller says, is ten years old and has been developing issues, even causing the department to borrow a saw from Knox. The request was approved at a cost of $807.55 from Smith’s Farm Store.
The Fire Department has also been looking for a command vehicle because the department is moving toward the First Responder certification, and require a vehicle they are able to carry first responder equipment with as well as patients. Two possible cars were submitted for review by Economy Auto, and the board approved the purchase of a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe for $7,800. That money will come from the Fire Department’s CCD fund, which has a remaining budget of $7,400 from the $11,000 budget they were given this year. The remaining $400 will be taken from the general fund.