Washingtonville OKs funds for fire departments

WASHINGTONVILLE – Council approved a resolution to help fund the Green Township Fire Department and the Leetonia Fire Department with $12,000 for each department on Monday.

The departments provide fire protection for the village.

The action was taken after Green Township Fire Chief Todd Baird appeared and explained two outstanding needs in his department, a new cot for the ambulance and more hose.

The new cot will replace a 23-year-old cot and cost $5,302.

Baird said the hose will be used to replace some sections that are more than 40 years old and bring the department up to current NFPA specifications.

The new rules ban any hose older than 1987 being used.

Baird attended the meeting in the departments’ newly upgraded tanker truck which Green Township picked it up six weeks ago after spending $106,380 on it. He wanted village officials to see where their money was going.

The hose needed to be replaced “right now,” Baird said, explaining that with the village helping financially, it freed up fire department and levy money to purchase other equipment like its thermal imaging camera and the two heated bays for its garage now in the works.

Baird said 1,800 feet of 2.5-inch hose will be purchased for approximately $5,000 and the remaining money will be used for other equipment.

The Leetonia Fire Department submitted a list totaling $9,996 of items it wanted to purchase including a Blitz monitor for $3,750 and $2,848 for four Scott 30-minute air tanks.

Council passed the resolution with a “not to exceed” limit of $12,000 for each department.

In other business, council approved a resolution to pave Smedley Drive and Davidson Street before the summer chip and seal program. Mayor Will Jones said three quotes were acquired and council voted to 5-0 to hire R.T. Vernal for the work. Councilwoman Devon Davis was absent.

“With the weather breaking,” Jones said they should get the work submitted “so we’re not placed on the back-burner.”

Street Committee Chairwoman Becky Vignon said seven streets are set for the chip and seal program that begins that begins July 9 on the Columbiana County side.

Her committee walked every street and compiled a prioritized list of the streets according to biggest need.

Also, Assistant Police Chief Mark Husk said the new police cruiser, a 2013 Dodge Charger Hemi, will be available next week. It replaces a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria.

Husk asked for money to purchase a computer mount and a rear radar antenna.

Councilman Jim Smith made a motion authorizing the purchases and council passed it with a 5-0 vote.

Council also approved hiring Elisa Gemik of Girard to the police department reserve under a six month probation period.

Husk said she is the second current women on the force and the fourth hired into the department overall.

Husk said there are 12 to 15 part-time officers and when people ask why they have so many it’s because part-time positions are hard to fill.

“We’re a training ground, it’s hard to keep officers here,” he said.

Also, with the opening of the bike trail set for May 30, the department will need to provide coverage on it and Husk requested for polo shirts for the bike patrol.

Councilwoman Theresa Allison suggested checking with VFW because it has catalogs for items like that.

And, she added, “They might buy them for you.”

Allison said she would speak to the post’s new commander today.

Larry Shields can be reached at lshields@salemnews.net