LEETONIA- Village Council Wednesday night granted permission for the Fire and EMS departments to subscribe to a website for personnel to earn continuing education credits.
According to EMS Director Scott Garlough, the site is administered by the State Fire Marshal's Ohio Fire Academy. Cost is $35 per person annually (roughly $800 to $900) and will be split evenly between the two departments.
Garlough said personnel can earn recertification that is required every three years and makes it easier for the departments to keep track of personnel certifications. Classes can also be opened each month so that personnel can be refreshed at appropriate times, such as sports related injuries before football season, he said.
Personnel will have to be monitored to be sure they are taking advantage of the program, though, Garlough said. Anyone not participating could be dropped from the program the following year, he said.
In other business, council requested county commissioners reconsider distribution of casino revenue, which currently is divided among the county's school districts and its eight largest municipalities, according to Village Solicitor Walter Newton.
Council also approved the third and final reading of an ordinance vacating approximately 114.5 feet of Anglemyer Street east of Spruce Street completely surrounded by the Ron Stratton property; promoted the utilities department's Eric Householder from part-time laborer to part-time equipment operator; and named as EMTs Ryan Caron, Brandon Smith and Amanda Riffee.
Also at the meeting, Village Administrator Gary Phillips announced that brush pick-up will begin Monday and continue through Oct. 31. He said brush must be cut and stacked in the same direction in the front curb lawn. The village will not pick up brush piles mixed with grass or leaves nor brush from a full tree removal on private property.
Superintendent of Utilities Butch Donnalley reported that Salem administrators are blaming seasonal turnover of the city's reservoir for musty smelling water for customers. Donnalley said he consulted with Washingtonville's superintendent of utilities after residents complained of musty smelling water and found that residents in that village, as well as Salem, had complained of the same issue. Flushing of the village's hydrants will wait until the issue is cleared up, he said.
The Halloween Parade is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 29 starting at Elm Street and ending at the Fire Hall. Trick-or-treating is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at Village Hall.
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