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Bath fire chief encourages fireplace maintenance

3/7/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

Fire Chief Walter Hower told the Bath Township Board of Trustees that two recent fires in the township and one in Richfield were the result of improper fireplace maintenance.

Hower said at the March 4 trustees’ meeting that fireplaces are being used for more than ambiance in homes today. Many fireplaces are being used to help heat the structures, and some are not up to the challenge, he said.

Hower said it was very inexpensive to maintain a chimney and regular maintenance by a chimney sweep could prevent thousands of dollars in losses in the event of a fire.

A Richfield home sustained an estimated $50,000 to $60,000 in damage from a recent fire that started with the fireplace, Hower said. Information on preventing fireplace/chimney fires is available from the Fire Department, he said.

Deputy Township Administrator Vito Sinopoli reported two grant applications were not funded. The township request to fund a replacement emergency siren was turned down by the Summit County Emergency Management Agency, and a grant application that would have been used to rebuild the vault in the Bath Center Cemetery was not selected for funding by the Ohio Historical Society’s Ohio History Fund, he said.

Youth worker Marcie Mason, Police Sgt. Michael Clar and Communications Specialist Lisa Baker updated trustees on the “Hidden in Plain Sight” program developed in Bath Township. The program is designed to educate about objects in a child’s room that may not be as innocent as they seem. The 90-minute presentation teaches parents to spot objects that may be an indication their child has a substance abuse problem or an eating disorder, or is taking part in underage drinking or is sexually active.

Mason said the traveling display and program has been presented 26 times since it was developed and several more dates have been scheduled. She thanked trustees for allowing her to do presentations outside of the township.

The next “Hidden in Plain Sight” free presentation will be March 14 at Copley High School. It is open to the public. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the 90-minute program will begin at 7 p.m. No youths are admitted. [For more on the exhibit, see the related story on Page 1.]

Also during the meeting, part-time firefighter Scott Archangeli was promoted to part-time fire lieutenant with a one-year probationary period and trustees approved requisitions and purchase orders totaling $92,250.

Upcoming events include:

  • State of the Parks presentation at The University of Akron Field Station at the Bath Nature Preserve, March 21 at 7 p.m.;
  • Rain Barrel Workshop at the Regal Beagle in the Bath Nature Preserve, April 20 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Participants can build one rain barrel for $70 and add a second linked barrel for $30; and
  • Project Pride, April 27 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The township Memorial Day Committee is seeking volunteers. Those interested in organizing the 2013 Memorial Day Observance may call 330-666-4007. The observance is May 27 at noon at the Bath Veterans Memorial.

The board’s next regular meeting will be March 18 at 4 p.m. in the trustees’ meeting room of the Bath Administration Building, 3864 W. Bath Road.

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