Village officials are still investigating what can be done about false fire alarms coming from a nursing home/rehabilitation facility.
The problem at the Vista Center was first raised at the June 18 Village Council meeting when it was learned the most recent false alarm, which activates the bypass on the facility's sprinkler system, occurred on a weekend and resulted in the loss of more than 24,000 gallons of water before the system was reset.
In addition to the loss of water, every false alarm costs the fire department $500 to $1,000, depending on the number of firefighters who respond. There were 12 such false alarms last year to Lisbon health care facilities.
At this week's council meeting, Carol Petrachkoff of the Board of Public Affairs said they had yet to schedule a meeting with Vista Center officials to discuss the problem but still intend to do so.
Fire Chief David Lewton told council their fire inspector intends to speak with the State Fire Marshal's Office to determine what legal recourse the department has in addressing the problem. He attributed the problem to an undersized air compressors that shuts down when it overheats, activating the sprinkler system and sending an alarm to the fire department.
Petrachkoff said it her understanding that as a temporary measure Vista Center staff have been instructed on what valves to turn off to prevent water loss when a false alarm occurs.
Council President Roger Gallo said they need to include Village Solicitor Virginia Barborak in the process. She was absent from this week's meeting, as were councilmen Joe Morenz and Jeff Snyder.
In other action at the meeting, council:
-Passed on third and final reading a resolution directing the police department to become a member of the Columbiana County Homicide Task Force.
- Agreed to seek renewal of an existing 3-mill cemetery levy by voting to place it on the November ballot. The levy runs for five years and generates about $60,000 annually.
- Authorized Street Foreman Jim Oliver to purchase $840 worth of mulch to spread around the village square.