NW council approves Fairfield fire contract

NEW WATERFORD – Village council passed a new, one-year fire contract with Fairfield Township on Tuesday.

The New Waterford Fire Department provides fire protection to the township and responds based on the distance to the emergencies.

“There are no real boundaries,” Mayor Shane Patrone said, adding the contract will be effective from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2014 and will be at a cost of $35,000 a year.

The department had offered the township the option of a four-year contract at $33,000 annually.

In other business, council passed a resolution providing an option to village employees to join a deferred compensation plan offered by the state.

Patrone said the plan had never been offered before and will give employees, who already pay into the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), another avenue to build a retirement fund.

The village will not contribute matching funds to the plan which is voluntary, Patrone said, adding employees can chose to have a percentage of their salary placed into it.

In other business, Councilman Tom Cresanto asked if firefighters and EMS personnel could join and Fiscal Officer Dave Slagle was unsure, noting it was a good question for officials when they make a presentation later on.

Patrone said the village didn’t care if employees participated or not adding they had the ability to stop it or contribute more when they wanted.

In his report, Administrator Fred Fink said, said it had “been a rough couple of weeks” with the below freezing temperatures creating “a lot of problems we don’t usually have.”

Fink said there were two water breaks and a broken fire hydrant on Patriot Drive that was replaced along with a new valve.

He said the two-inch water line in the Creek Road pump house froze, broke and was replaced and a new, large heater will be installed there.

Also, several residents complained about frozen water lines into their homes, and Fink said since the lines were the property owner’s responsibility they recommended calling a plumber.

“We had a lot of ice headaches at the sewer plant,” he said, “but no damage to speak of.”

Other problems he noted included the roof drains on the garage freezing and causing water to leak inside the building; the transmission on the dump truck had to be replaced; and the lift-pump on the snow blade for the white pickup had to be rebuilt.

Fink also note the village received 25 tons of road salt earlier in the days along with 25 tons of grit which is being mixed with it at a one-to-three, salt-to-grit ratio.