At the Crown Point City Council meeting Monday night, Mayor David Uran, City Council members and the city's Emergency Management Director recognized Radio One Communications along with Strack N' Van Til, Crown Point Parks Department and the city's police department for helping residents, and visitors passing through the area alike, cope with recent winter storm Ion that dumped nearly 15 inches of snow and caused the closure of Interstate 65.
Mayor Uran said, "There's a lot of people in the community that actually step up to help us."
(L-R, Crown Point Mayor David Uran with award recipients Jenny Burgess, Jay Stevens, Dennis of Strack & Van Til, and Emergency Management Director Kelly Miller)
Kelly Miller, Emergency Management Director honored Radio One for our, "dedicated communication in times of emergency to the Crown Point Emergency Management, the citizens of Crown point, and those impacted by Winter Storm Ion."
Strack N' Van Til was recognized for, "ensuring that Emergency Management had 24 hour access to one of their locations for any necessities like food and water, toothbrushes, toothpaste deodorant, anything for people traveling down I-65 that they don't have," according to emergency management Director Miller.
Miller acknowledged Jenny Burgess of the parks department that without her help stranded motorists, "might be sleeping on the floor." Miller said that they called around for cots but could not find any but that, "through the help of the the parks department...we had lounges available from the pool."
The Emergency Management Director told members of the city council that at one point the city's warming shelter had 25 people in it including people from North Carolina, Wisconsin and Georgia who were stranded on I-65.
The fourth recognition award went to the Crown point Emergency Communications Center. Miller said the dispatchers coordinated a number of different sources including Indiana State Police Lowell Post regarding the shutdown of I-65, the National Guard, Illiana Hummer Club and Lake County Sheriff Buncich, making it possible to, "take control" of I-65 and to go vehicle by vehicle to get stranded travelers off the interstate and into shelter.