DENHAM SPRINGS — Officials presented awards and congratulations during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting to Police Officer Jared Kraemer and paramedic Mike Fritz for saving the life of a woman trapped in an Oct. 6 house fire.
Kraemer pulled Shirley Spain from her burning house on Summer Street and Fritz revived Spain, who was not breathing after her rescue.
State Fire Marshal Butch Browning presented Kraemer with the Meritorious Life Saving Award and commended the Denham Springs policeman for “conspicuous bravery in saving the life of another person without regard to his own safety.”
Denham Springs Police Chief Scott Jones presented Kraemer and Fritz with awards from the city.
“My mother just couldn’t be here tonight, but I came to speak for her,” Tina Spain, Shirley Spain’s daughter, told the audience. “What can I say to those who gave me my mother back? All I can say is thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”
Other business considered by the council involved:
GARBAGE CONTRACT: The council voted 4-1 to approve a five-year contract extension for a garbage pickup and a recycling program with BFI Waste Services, starting Sept. 1, 2012.
Mayor Jimmy Durbin said the cost for garbage pickup service will be $18.48 per household per month. The current rate is about $19 a month.
Carla Swacker, of BFI, said that a new pick-up schedule would begin in December. New garbage and recycling carts will be delivered during the second week of November, Swacker said.
Council member Laurie Lamm-Williams voted against the contract renewal.
JUBAN CROSSING: The council authorized Durbin to proceed with an agreement with the Juban Crossing Community Development District to provide sewer service to the large commercial and residential development on the south side of the city.
Infrastructure for the sewer system would be built by Juban Crossing developers to city specifications and standards, Durbin said, adding that the developers also would pay for city sewer services.
WALKING PATH: Council members unanimously approved a $73,390 contract with Kelly Construction Group to pave and make other upgrades to the Willow Woods walking path.