New Waterford council OKs new ambulance

NEW WATERFORD – Council gave the OK to Fire Chief Greg Van Pelt to order a new ambulance during Tuesday’s meeting.

The 2013 Osage will be purchased from Myers Equipment in Canfield and the price was set at $86,312 with the financing to be arranged by Fiscal Officer Dave Slagle.

Last month, council discussed purchasing the new ambulance at a cost of between $80,000 and $90,000 to replace the current 1995 ambulance.

The fire department will pay for $10,000, there is $30,000 in the ambulance fund and the village will finance the remaining cost.

The Osage is a Type III 1440 Brave module body with a 2013 Ford E350 chassis and a V10 gasoline engine.

Van Pelt said they are unable to trade the old ambulance in and are looking to sell it outright, noting it’s “should be worth $4,000 to $5,000.

Councilwoman Doris Ogle asked if it was in good shape and Van Pelt said that for a 1995 it was.

Mayor Shane Patrone said once the new ambulance is in service “we’ll look to sell the old one … but now we’ll be able to order it.”

Van Pelt said he expected delivery in mid- to late June.

In other business, council approved a new one-year contract fire contract with Unity Township for $38,000, an amount that is $7,500 more than last year.

Both resolutions were passed with emergency clauses and 5-0 votes since Councilman Tom Cresanto was an excused absence.

Also, council hired Frank Daniels as the new water and waste-water treatment plant operator. Patrone said the final bill from F&V, the company hired last year to operate the facilities, will be arriving soon.

Daniels came highly recommended by several communities, according to Patrone who said he holds a Class IV wastewater license and a Class III water license. “He’s more than qualified,” Patrone said, adding “that’s a big relief for Fred (village administrator Fred Fink) and I. This guy is highly qualified.”

Council also appointed Ogle as its agent to apply for a grant with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for a gazebo in the park and other improvements.

Ogle said she had pictures and was hopeful to have the gazebo in 2014.

The grant will be applied for under ODNR’s NatureWorks grant program which provides up to 75 percent reimbursement assistance to local government subdivisions (townships, villages, cities, counties, park districts, joint recreation districts, and conservancy districts) for the acquisition, development, and rehabilitation of recreational areas.

In other business, Patrone said school building is awaiting state permits before being torn down.

“It’s going to be a large tear down,” he said, “it’s such a large building.”

Damon Baird is the contractor and Patrone said the bus garage will be left up but torn down later.

He expected a convenience store to be built on the location and there have been discussions about using the bricks for souvenirs.

Fink said both water plants have been operating OK “but still need attention” and the water supply has been maintained at full levels. He said 12 debris guards were purchased for manhole covers and 10 have been installed.

Fink also advised, “We stopped using ash mix with salt on the streets. (We) will stay strictly with salt (because) it’s cleaner and works better.”

He said it costs a little more but will save in other ways while noting salt costs have been reduced some.

Also, Slagle said there will be a short course on rate setting by Joyce Gray at the finance committee meeting on April 23. He invited council members to attend and Patrone said it will be beneficial for everyone.

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