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East Palestine FD picks up newer fire engine in Maryland

EAST PALESTINE — Over the past few weeks, Fire Chief Josh Brown has been looking into the overall costs of short-term and long-term repair options for Fire Engine 123, which was under repair for intake pump damage and a blow-out on one of the discharge lines.

After Brown explored options for replacing the 1982 engine stationed at the Main Street Fire Station, Village Manager Mark McTrustry said that they found a newer engine.

“Because of its age, we’ve been looking for a replacement engine,” McTrustry said. “We found one at the White Marsh Fire Company just north of Baltimore.”

The village purchased a 2002 model in “a significantly better state of repair” according to McTrustry. The engine that is 20 years younger than the last one cost the village $17,500, and McTrustry said they are very excited for the fire department to begin to use it.

In other news, the paving project will begin this week and take place today to Saturday. The project, which will be a total of about 18,700 square yards and includes Wood Street, Garfield Avenue, Columbia Street, Sebring Street and Hamilton Lane.

The USDA loan for the EQ Basin project closed last week, and the village will be moving ahead with construction in the next month to six weeks. The year-long project is a $7.138 million project aimed at constructing a 1.2 million gallon holding tank for storm water to hold excess flow.

The village received the go-ahead from ODOT for the Safe Routes to School project, and McTrustry said they will be signing the contract with the contractor and hopefully start later this summer.

“Initially, the project looked like it would take place from June to August, but at this point it would more likely be July to September,” McTrustry said. “We’re not positive right now. Either way, it’s a project that will take about two months to complete.”

The sidewalk replacement project is completely funded by ODOT.

In compliance with the charter, the village has elected to skip its second meeting for the months of June, July and August. Village council will have its next meeting at 7 p.m. July 13.

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