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Richfield trustees hear report on fire department

4/11/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Jeff Gorman

Richfield Fire Department Lt. Jason Purkey told the Richfield Township Board of Trustees April 4 the department had changed its medical partner from Akron General Medical Center to University Hospitals (UH).

Dr. Anthony Daher is the new medical director for the department, and the main facility for EMS training and equipment will be the UH Ahuja Medical Center, near the Harvard Road exit of Interstate 271.

“They are providing us with thousands of dollars worth of equipment at no cost,” said Purkey, citing UH’s status as a nonprofit organization.

Purkey also said UH will allow the township and village to recover EMS billing fees quicker.

“When the patient arrives at the hospital, the information will be transmitted directly to the billing company,” he said. “This way, there won’t be a six- or seven-month delay in billing.”

Purkey also asked the trustees to underwrite a portable Lifepak 1000 defibrillator unit for the Fire Department. They declined, citing the portion of the township’s fire services contract with the village that provides for such purchases.

“An individual or group could certainly buy it and donate to the fire Department,” said Trustee Laurie Peters Gilmore.

In other news:

  • Police Chief Keith Morgan announced his department is hiring three part-time dispatchers.
    Morgan also said the Interstate 77 overpass at state Route 303 will be closed for five days beginning April 15. Workers will repair a girder that was damaged in an accident by heating it up and bending it back into shape.
  • Road foreman Jerry Schall reported 80 percent of the township’s road signs have been replaced with new high-reflectivity signs. He also said his crew’s new asphalt trailer has done a good job filling potholes.
    Schall also talked about Clearlane de-icer from Cargill, which the company touts as more environmentally friendly than other kinds of road salt.
    He said Clearlane is currently used by crews in North Ridgeville and Maple Heights and by the Ohio Department of Transportation.
    Schall also mentioned the first week of brush chipping will begin May 6.
  • Township Administrator Linda Bowmer talked about the proposed renovation of Hawkins Road. She said a decision is due on May 8 for a small government grant that would help the township, village and Hinckley Township fund the project.
    Bowmer also said Richfield Village Mayor Bobbie Beshara planned a meeting on the future of the former Richfield School property for April 10 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
  • Trustee Janet Jankura talked about the use of technology such as tablets and smart phones in the way the township does business.
    “It just makes sense to use technology to the fullest for communications and access to be more efficient,” Jankura said.
    Administrative assistant Debbie Bluso Rogers presented a report on some of the ways the devices could be used.
    Trustee David Wyatt said he would be interested in a demonstration.
    Rogers also said that to answer residents’ questions, the red flags alongside state Route 303 are being used in a geological study.
  • The final hearing on the proposed rezoning of the southeast corner of Boston and Broadview roads is scheduled for April 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the township offices, located behind the fire station on West Streetsboro Road.
    The property owner is requesting a change from R-1 (Rural Residential) to C-1 (Local Commercial). The trustees’ regular meeting will follow the public hearing.
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