Council honors Lanning for service

BREMEN — The town of Bremen recognized Jerry Lanning for his tremendous contribution to the community.
Lanning has been a volunteer firefighter in Bremen for the past 41 years, and spent 23 years as fire chief.
“Naturally I am humbled by this,” Lanning said. “I really appreciate it.”
Lanning is also known for instituting the Fire Safety House “to pursue his passion for teaching children fire safety throughout the community,” said Rick Graverson, town council president, at the council’s April 22 meeting. 
The safety house is now being dedicated to Lanning upon his retirement.
“We certainly appreciate your years of service and everything you’ve done,” Graverson said.
The council voted in March to hire Matthew Neher, a voluntary firefighter, to replace Lanning as chief.
Also at the April 22 Bremen Town Council meeting, Rich Martin, town manager, discussed the problem of the Emerald Ash Borer.
Last year the town discovered the presence of the beetle in ash trees around town.
Because the larvae of the beetle have the potential to kill ash trees, immediate treatment is necessary.
Cut Rite Services LLC out of Bremen will identify the trees infested with the beetle larvae.
Martin said the trees that are already more than 50 percent infected will be removed.
Ash trees that are only mildly infected will be treated with a chemical injected into the root system.
In other business, Jessica Britton, the director of the Boys and Girls Club of Bremen, also addressed the council during the public comments portion of the meeting.
Britton said the club has had tremendous growth since its inception in 2009.
The club currently meets in Bremen Elementary School and has 113 active members.
“We are there for these kids every day after school ... striving to teach them life skills, educational skills, leadership, and character skills,” the director said.
Britton said the group is looking to grow the club, and hope to have a summer program to help kids spend their free time productively when school is out. She asked for the town’s support in this endeavor.
“Our kids are here,” Britton said. “We want to build that relationship between our club, our kids, and the community.”