Green FD looking to boost numbers

GREENFORD – Fire Chief Todd Baird said the department is looking to recruit new members.

The department has about 29 current members, but Baird said Tuesday during the trustee meeting that he would like to get as many new personnel “as I can.”

Trustees approved placing Marci Hinzman, a paramedic from Salem, on the department. She has 120 firefighting hours in and Baird said she had been on the department before and would like to get back on. She works for KLG.

Baird said anyone interested in joining the department has to be at least 18 years of age and live with one mile of the Green Township border.

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In other fire department business, Baird said the department passed the test to become a continuing education training center and classes will be start soon.

He said the new ladder needed testing certification and he was prepared to go to Salem as was customary but the Salem Fire Department is using another company.

“They didn’t tell us,” Baird said, explaining he contacted Consolidated Fleet Services, the company used in the past, to test the Green Township aerial truck.

Baird said his department learned of the new company after “Salem’s ladder truck was tested and failed’ and added that he spoke to other fire chiefs who seem amenable to coming to the Green Township department for testing.

He said the tests will cost about $380 “depending on how many heat sensors we have to replace.”

Police Chief Steve McDaniel said Steel Valley Super Nationals weekend at Quaker City Motorsports Park “went off real well with no problems” and patrol vehicles recorded over 6,600 miles in June while responding to 498 events.

Also, Zoning Officer Bill Pitts issued four building permits, two for dwellings, one for an out building and one for a garage, while denying three permits and mowing three yards.

Cost for mowing the yards will be placed on the property tax duplicates.

“All in all, it was a slow month,” Pitts said while explaining that a property he checked on with a number of vehicles on it was within the code.

“If you want to own 50 cars and put them in your front yard there’s nothing we can do about it,” he said.

Trustees also discussed the 3.9 mill police levy with Goshen Township which provides police protection for the township. Fiscal Officer Randy Chismar said, “We put it on so it is concurrent through 2014” and Trustee Dave Slagle said, “We could probably put it on this November.”

Chismar said the contract with Goshen Township is a little more expensive now that what “we’re taking in.”

Trustee George Toy pointed out that the South Range School District has a levy on the November ballot and after a short discussion trustees decided to hold off on any action.

“We don’t have enough time,” Toy said.

Slagle said the contract has three percent increases each year and he would see if Goshen Township wanted to change.

Also, the 68th Annual Green Township Firemen’s Festival is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at Greenford Bobcat Space Center Lawn on state Route 165.

There will be spot drawing every half hour with grand prizes with a first prize of $500; second prize is a flat screen TV; third prize is a gas grill; and fourth prize is digital camera.