Trustees OK funds for fire seminar


Trustees approved an expenditure of $3,000 for two members of the township fire department to attend a training/vendor event in Indiana in April.

Chief Bruce Whitcher first made the request last month, but trustees delayed making a decision until Trustee Don Rudibaugh, who specializes in fire department business, could be consulted. Rudibaugh confirmed that there’s a lot of training available at the seminar and recommended it for approval.

He confirmed that last year the fire department took $2,000 for a similar event and ended up only spending $200 to $300, returning the rest to trustees.

Whitcher explained that the money would cover lodging, gas, food and admission into the event for two days, along with any purchases of equipment they may find that they need, such as nozzles. He wasn’t saying that he would spend the whole $3,000.

Trustee Jim Armeni said his only concern was whether it was just some trade show. If it’s a combination of training and vendors, he said he could support that.

Assistant Chief Brandon Smith said there are all kinds of training opportunities and a lot of exhibits and good deals.

In other fire department business, Whitcher said he was still having Internet issues in his office, where it was losing the signal and shutting off sometimes.

“We’ll have somebody come and look at it,” Trustee Chairman Cliff Mix said.

The trustees entered into executive session for personnel with Police Chief Mike Emigh, returning to open session to give him permission to fill the open full-time position in the police department. During the regular meeting, he notified them that part-time Patrolman John Brooks turned in his resignation effective Feb. 24 for a full-time position with a neighboring department. Emigh was granted approval to bring Patrolman Jonathan Smith from probation status up to a regular part-time wage.

In other matters, Fiscal Officer Susan Johnston announced the township received a $250 sponsorship grant from the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council that has to be expended this year. She thought they could put it toward the $250 the trustees had already agreed to donate to the Summer Concert Series at Waterworth Memorial Park. She also said NOPEC issued the township a $3,200 grant for energy efficiency projects and that they could carry that money over to 2019 to combine with the grant next year to do a larger project.

She also advised trustees she was going to use bill pay through Chase Bank for paying township bills, which could save the township money on postage and envelopes. She didn’t have an estimate for the possible savings, but said the postage alone would save them $50 a month.

No zoning permits had been issued yet in February, with four issued in January.

The next meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26.