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Perry firefighters sell old jaws of life to CERT for $1

Columbiana County Community Emergency Response Team representatives present the check for one dollar, completing the sale of the Perry Township Fire Department’s old jaws of life. Pictured from left are CERT Board Vice-President Jeff Zeh, Perry Township Trustee Tony Ieropoli, CERT member Al Hoffmann, and CERT Board President Debra Moore. (Salem News photo by Morgan Ahart)

SALEM–The Perry Township Fire Department has sold their old jaws of life to the Columbiana County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) for a single dollar.

The Perry Township Board of Trustees approved the sale of the equipment which will bolster the capabilities of CERT significantly. The equipment was donated to Perry Township Fire Department themselves 30 years ago, and has recently been replaced with a modern battery-powered set. Trustee Tony Ieropoli said the new battery powered units had become the standard, and that this would be a good use for the old equipment.

“God willing, we will never have to use them, but having them gives is the ability to save more lives” said CERT President Debra Moore

The Trustees also approved a pair of motions concerning the Fire Department. A motion to hire attorney Chip Comstock to update the fire department policy manual for up to $2,000, and a motion to approve Mutual Aid contracts for Green, Damascus, and Winona Townships. Fire Chief Doug Messenger explained that mutual aid allowed for dispatch to contact one of the partner townships directly to respond in the event of a fire, removing a step in the chain of communication and allowing more rapid response in an emergency. The contracts also earn the department points with the Insurance Service Organization, helping to lower resident’s fire insurance premiums.

Trustees also approved a motion appointing Trustee Chair Steve Bailey to negotiate with the City of Salem for annexations, and a motion to approach new appropriations necessary due to rising inflation.

In other business Trustee Jim Armeni brought attention to the ongoing issue of the use of engine brakes on the bypass, having received numerous complaints due to their extremely high volume near a residential area. The township has put up several signs notifying the prohibition of their use, with one remaining to be posted on the stretch of North Lincoln Avenue between Pine Lake Road, and the bypass.

Trustees also received reports from Road Department supervisor Darreck Farrel, and Zoning Inspector Jeffrey Christopher. The road department performed multiple services in the month of June including installation of a berm at the intersection of Idaho Avenue and U.S. Route 62 to address standing water; hauling twenty tons of black top and patching Idaho Avenue’s intersections of Cunningham Road, and U.S. Route 62; and the installation of 530 feet of 12-inch pipe throughout the township. The Zoning Department had no new permits filed, but sent three letters for ongoing construction projects with no permit, added the permit fees to the township website, and moved forward with enforcement oon several houses not in compliance with township ordinance.

Following the Board of Trustees meeting there was a Zoning Board meeting in which Christopher made several proposals for changes, and corrections to township ordinances. The proposed changes will be officially researched and developed to receive consideration and discussion at the next Zoning Board meeting.

The regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meeting on July 25 has been cancelled, and trustees will meet next August 8 at 4 p.m.

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