Fettinger seeks re-election
La PORTE — Miles Fettinger has announced his candidacy for La Porte City Council. Fettinger represents the city’s fifth ward.
Fettinger said he looks forward to continuing his service.
“The fifth ward has always been home. I was born in the fifth ward at Holy Family hospital also known as E street hospital,” Fettinger said. “I grew up in the home in which I currently reside. I walked to Handley Elementary and then Kesling junior high/middle school before graduating from La Porte High School in 1989.”
Fettinger graduated from Indiana State University in 1993 with a Bachelors of Science in education. He completed his masters degree from the University of Southern Indiana in 1999 and was given the opportunity to return to La Porte as the library media specialist for La Porte High school.
Fettinger said his introduction to politics came from his father, George Fettinger, an Air Force veteran of the Korean war.
“He passed on the calling to help others as a teacher and coach for 35 years in the South Central School Corporation and as a two-term city councilman in the fifth ward until his passing in 1995,” Fettinger said. “I started as a poll worker, then precinct committeemen, until Mayor Leigh Morris invited me to join the Plan Commission. I later joined the Board of Zoning Appeals.”
While on the Plan Commission Fettinger was able to see the idea that was the beginning of NewPorte Landing.
“I was part of a shift to create a county wide master plan so any development would have clear rules and expectations making it easier for companies to do business in La Porte,” Fettinger said. “I continued that mission once elected to the council while adding the Traffic Commission, liaison to the Airport Authority, Human Rights commission, and most recently Council Pro-tem President to my duties.”
Fettinger said he believes the city needs to seek out new funding streams for roads and infrastructure and maximize every penny spent with matching grants and programs.
“Better roads attract business and save all of us money,” he said.
Fettinger added that, “We need to support our fire department that worked hard and lowered our ISO rating, then won a federal grant for new life saving equipment saving us all money. I support our police department that was able to acquire new K9 units and radar equipment at greatly reduced cost providing us with a safer La Porte.”
The wastewater plant, he said, installed a solar power array that runs the meter backwards, saving the city money.
“I aided in the selection of the water department’s new efficient metering system that will pay for itself and protect customers from unexpected bills due to unknown leaks,” he said.
“La Porte needs good infrastructure to grow into the great city that is at its core,” Fettinger said. “I’ll do everything I can to help La Porte on this journey.”
—From staff reports