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Fairlawn Fire Department displaying new sign

1/10/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

Shown during the Jan. 7 Fairlawn City Council meeting with the Fairlawn Fire Department’s new sign are, from left, Fire Chief Russ Hose, Capt. Rich Dobson, Lt. Ed Schepp and Fairlawn Fire and Rescue Association President Steve Brant, a full-time firefighter in Fairlawn.
Photo: Sean Patrick
During the Jan. 7 Fairlawn City Council meeting, Fire Chief Russ Hose announced the Fairlawn Fire Department had a new sign built to put on the tower in front of the fire station.

“The one we have now is quite old and requires maintenance,” said Hose. “Capt. [Rich] Dobson investigated a little bit and found a material that will not fade and need continual work.”

Fairlawn Fire and Rescue Association President Steve Brant, a full-time firefighter for the city, said the new sign is three-dimensional and made of high-density foam.

Hose said the sign, which cost approximately $1,500, was purchased through the department’s hydrant fund.

According to Brant, the new sign was approved by unanimous decision of the Fairlawn Fire and Rescue Association.

“The current sign we have up on the building resembles our old patch,” he stated. “Our patch was updated in 2007, and Capt. Dobson was the lead on that also, as 2007 marked the 25th anniversary of our department.”

Councilwoman Barbara Potts (Ward 2) asked what will happen to the current sign and whether it would be archived.

Hose said the department will save the sign.

“My thought is we’ll put it inside the base for now, but if the Historical Society wanted it, they would be more than welcome to have it,” he said. “It will be kept for that reason, but for now we’ll put it in the back of the building up on a wall.”

Also during the meeting, City Council held its election of officers for the year.

Russ Sharnsky (at large) was re-elected Council president and Bryan Nace (Ward 3) was re-elected Council vice president. Both Sharnsky and Nace were re-elected by unanimous votes, with each Council member abstaining from voting on his own candidacy. There were no other candidates for either position.

In other business:

• Mayor William Roth announced he will give his annual State of the City address at the Fairlawn Chamber of Commerce luncheon Jan. 14.

That luncheon is scheduled to take place at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, 3180 W. Market St., with networking starting at 11 a.m. and the luncheon set to run from 11:40 a.m. through 1 p.m. To make a reservation for the luncheon, call 330-777-0032 or email marketingplus@roadrunner.com.

• An ordinance amending the city public records policy was held in committee for further discussion. Law Director Ed Riegler said the proposed ordinance, which already has been heard by Council three times, is nearly ready for a vote.

“We have established the policy, but one thing we’re waiting for is the cost we’ll charge for copies,” he stated.

• Council unanimously approved a resolution confirming the appointment of Elizabeth Magalski to Fairlawn’s Residential Housing Assistance Board for a term ending Dec. 31, 2014.

In addition, Council unanimously approved a resolution confirming the re-appointment of Fred Zumpano to the city’s Residential Housing Assistance Board for a term ending Dec. 31, 2015.

• Deputy Service Director Ernie Staten said advertising for the city’s 2013 street repair program will begin Jan. 11.

• Council unanimously approved an ordinance authorizing the mayor to enter into an agreement with the Summit County Public Defender’s Commission to provide legal services to indigent defendants who are arrested or summoned to Fairlawn Mayor’s Court or Akron Municipal Court for violations in Fairlawn during 2013.

The next Committee-of-the-Whole meeting is scheduled for Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. Due to Martin Luther King Day, the next Fairlawn City Council meeting will take place Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Both meetings will take place at Fairlawn City Hall, located at 3487 S. Smith Road.

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