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New Waterford council approves fire charter

Cub Scout Pack 40 attended Monday’s New Waterford council meeting: (from front left) are Jesse Higbee, Preston Lawton, Jackson Dolan, Mason Halverstadt, Owen Mayle, Levi Piersing, Lucas Piersing, (back) councilwoman Patti Finch, fiscal officer Dave Slagle, councilman Gary DeMarchis, councilman Chris Kline, mayor Shane Patrone, councilwoman Candie Dickinson, village solicitor Walter Newton, councilman Tom Cresanto and councilman Bill Mullarkey. After leading council in the Pledge of Allegiance, Cub Scout Pack 40 prepared questions to ask council to learn more about the duties of the mayor and councilmen. After council answered the questions, the scouts stayed for the rest of the meeting to get a better understanding of how the village functions. The boys were led by scout leader Tony Dolan. (Salem News photo by Scott Lendak)

NEW WATERFORD — In a similar fashion to how New Waterford established an emergency medical service training center in 2016, council passed an emergency ordinance to establish the New Waterford fire charter at Tuesday’s village council meeting.

The unanimous vote was council’s first step in supporting the fire charter, which will provide classes to train firefighters.

“This is something unique to this area, so we are hoping it will take off,” Mayor Shane Patrone said.

In other business, after an ordinance was passed about three years ago regarding rates for water and sewer service, there was a 25 cent increase on both water and sewer coming up. Due to the funds of the water project, council decided to put all 50 cents on the water service, so they won’t have to transfer funds later on.

“We aren’t increasing any new amounts,” Patrone said. “We’re just moving the 25 cents from sewer onto water at this time.”

Village Administrator Jason Gorby said that Phase II of the water project is moving along, as all of Boardman Street, Silliman Street, Hatcher Road and Creek Road pipe has passed and is online.

Gorby also said crews are in to work on the taps. Boardman Street should be about complete by the end of the week, and there is about 8,000-9,000 more feet to go.

The village has also replaced traffic lights, and Gorby said they saved a lot of money on purchasing the lights. In fact, they saved thousands of dollars.

“One stack of three lights is like $1,400 brand new,” Gorby said. “The ones we have were taken down from a state route and were auctioned off. We got each stack for $90 instead, so we saved quite a bit of money.”

The next meeting was moved from Jan. 14 to 6 p.m. Jan. 7.

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