Green Twp. fire chief offers alternate plan for fire station

GREENFORD – Fire Chief Todd Baird provided Green Township trustees with an alternate plan for the expansion of the fire station a Tuesday’s meeting.

Last month, after hearing a presentation by Eric Hammer, president of the fire department, on an architect’s recommendation for an electrical survey and engineering services, trustees wanted more time to consider the information.

The addition, priced at $100,000, was discussed at a Feb. 27 meeting.

Baird said the alternate plan won’t add physically to the back of the building but will enlarge two garage doors, add insulation and lighting.

The scaled back plan is estimated at $18,269, Baird said adding the department could “get by” and it would allow them to keep a medical unit inside year-round.

He said a problem will be storing the annual fireman’s festival equipment that is kept there now.

Trustee Chairman Dave Slagle asked, “What will you do with it?” Baird said there was no plan other than to move it to his residence.

With about $75,000 budgeted for upgrades to the station, Baird suggested the savings could be advanced to a new ambulance.

It was just an alternate plan, Baird said.

Trustee Mark Stepuk asked about the garage doors and Baird said they were 10 feet high and a little wider.

“Right now it’s extremely difficult to back in,” he said, adding they can widen both doors and put heat in the building.

He said it would also be nice to have water in the building.

No action was taken.

Trustees voted to allow Washingtonville to use its roller, dump truck, tractor and leveling blade in preparation for its chip and seal program. Slagle said he received a call from village Mayor Will Jones regarding the assistance.

Green Township will also provide the manpower to operate the equipment and Trustee George Toy said, “They’ve been good to our fire department. I think it will be a good gesture. We do it with Beaver and Perry (townships).”

Trustees voted unanimously to provide the assistance.

Trustees also approved a bid by Morrow Electric for $2,147 for underground wiring at Coy Park. It was one of two bids received.

The board also approved adding two firefighters and funds, totaling $2,450 that can be reimbursed with a state fire marshals grant, for additional equipment.

Also, Recycling Coordinator Janet Schaffer said she was waiting for a date for the Canfield tire drive and Stepuk said, “If they don’t do one, we will.”

Zoning Officer Bill Pitts said season is just getting started and he issued one permit in February. The zoning board met and produced new resolution on signs which he said is working its way to trustees for their decision.