City swears in 2 new volunteer firefighters



HUNTINGBURG — Two new Huntingburg firefighters expressed their eagerness Thursday to be a part of the force.

Brevin Sternberg and Colton Frick, both of Huntingburg, were sworn in to their new duties Thursday morning during the Huntingburg Board of Public Works meeting.

Colton, 19, is a first generation firefighter. He has taken needed firefighter classes and is taking classes to become an emergency medical technician

“I wanted to do something that would help people, especially in my community,” Colton said. “I want to be here to help.”

His parents, Angela Frick and David Anderson, attended Thursday’s ceremony.

Brevin, 22, is a second generation firefighter. His father, Tim Sternberg, is also a Huntingburg firefighter. Brevin works full time as an EMT at Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and is finishing his firefighter and paramedic training.

He joined the fire department to extend his services. “I’m broadening my horizons,” he said.

Brevin’s mother, Tonya, and girlfriend, MacKenzie Burke, were present for the swearing-in ceremony.

Another firefighter, Mike Ciraulo, was also added to the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department by the public works board. He will be sworn in at the board's May 2 meeting. Ciraulo has all his firefighter certifications and worked as a firefighter for many years in Oregon before moving to Huntingburg recently, Fire Chief Scott Patberg said.

The public works board also:

• Allowed retiring Huntingburg Police Officer Christian Gogel to retain his police badge and service weapon as a thank-you for his 21 years of service to the city. An open house for Gogel will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the police department, Police Chief Art Parks said.

• Heard that 19 people have applied for the police officer position. They will go through agility testing Saturday, Parks said.

• Purchased for the police department a Dodge Charger from Sternberg of Jasper for $23.279.85.

• Approved selling the fire department’s 1980 fire truck to the Town of Shoals for $1,500.

• Approved the agreement with the Indiana Department of Transportation to receive $133,425.59 in Community Crossings grant funding for work that will be done on Third Street from Chestnut to Walnut streets. Street Superintendent Jason Stamm said that the city can apply again in July for additional funding for other projects.

• Recommended that the Huntingburg Common Council approve an ordinance establishing rules for doing curb work. The ordinance states that work on curbs can only be done by city crews or a city-sanctioned contractor, to make sure curbs are done to city standards. Also the cost for such work will be $25 per foot of curb.

• Reminded the public that Spring Cleanup Days will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11, and Friday, April 12, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 13. City residents can dispose of unwanted items at the street department, 1103 E. First St.; a utility bill and ID are required as proof of residency. The cost is $5 per car, $10 per truck, $10 per trailer under 8 feet long and $20 per trailer over 8 feet long. Additional fees apply for items such as vehicle tires on rims for $5; vehicle tires without rims for $4; large truck and tractor tires (over 15”) for $10; televisions, computer towers and monitors for $10 per item; mattresses for $10; upholstered chairs for $10; and couches for $15. There will also be a $1 fee for each trash bag. Small loose items that are 12 to 18 inches must be placed in a trash bag to be accepted. Items containing Freon, such as refrigerators, dehumidifiers and air conditioners, require a certificate from a licensed plumber stating the Freon has been removed. Wood, plywood, asphalt shingles and other construction debris will not be accepted.

• Approved closing Fifth Street from Main to Jackson streets Saturday, April 27, for the Kiwanis’ annual car show. The show will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Memorial Gym’s parking lot; the normal location of Fourth Street is currently under construction. Signs will be put out on that block of Fifth to indicate parking restrictions on the street for that day, Mayor Denny Spinner said.

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