Pharos-Tribune staff writer

Herb W. Detrick will officially retire at 7 a.m. Saturday.

Detrick, who has helped retiring firefighters with their pension information, has been on the force for more than 25 years. He was appointed by former Mayor Jone Wilson. His retirement was accepted Wednesday by the Logansport Board of Public Works and Safety.

Detrick said in a letter to the board that he will continue to help his replacement with paperwork.

No replacement for Detrick was named, but the board did approve the hiring of Alexander Parkinson, 23, of West Lafayette. A 2001 West Lafayette High School graduate, he is completing work for a law enforcement degree at Ivy Tech State College. Police Chief Randy Rozzi said he received 20 applications for the position and Parkinson clearly had the best one. Parkinson will be assigned to the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy for further training.

The hiring leaves LPD with only one remaining vacancy.

In other business:

•Deputy Mayor Linda Klinck said a downtown parking meeting with local business people will be held at 8 a.m. Monday at The Boardwalk. Results of the parking study research will be presented at the next board meeting Wednesday.

•Building Commissioner Gary Hostetler said progress is being made in inspecting condemned structures. Thirty-two of the 52 unsafe structures have been inspected. Of those, nine will be razed, eight are being renovated and 15 will be repaired. The board also lifted the condemnation of one property at 808 W. Melbourne Ave., but ordered a garage at 1126 20th St. razed. The owner was ordered to pay $100 plus a $100 administrative fee plus the landfill cost and a $250 per hour cost for razing the structure.

•A portion of Aster Street south of Water Street will be closed Monday. The board approved the closure at the request of Deichman Excavating, which is performing work there.

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