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Grant providing cardiac monitors in Lakemore

5/9/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

LAKEMORE — If a specific grant program did not exist, one local fire department’s capital purchase program would flatline.

At the May 6 Lakemore Village Council meeting, Chief Barry Saley announced the Lakemore Fire Department is being awarded the Assistance to Firefighters Grant via the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

He explained the department will receive $77,000 for the purchase of basic fire and EMS equipment, including two new cardiac monitors. Saley added Lakemore’s share of the grant is $4,000.

According to the chief, Lakemore’s cardiac monitors are running properly now, after about $2,000 in repairs were made recently. Saley said the monitors need to be replaced soon, though. However, he said the purchase would not have been financially possible without the grant program, as each monitor costs about $30,000.

“It was a timely grant for us,” said Mayor Rick Justice said.

Saley explained the new cardiac monitors will allow the department to perform carbon monoxide monitoring, through the blood, for the first time. He said this feature will be beneficial to both the public and firefighters, whom may become exposed while responding to a call.

The department has benefitted greatly through the grant program during the past seven years, Saley said. He encouraged residents to contact their local congressional representatives and senators to show appreciation for the program and encourage officials to keep the grant in place for years to come.

Due to the village’s current bleak financial status, the chief said the department is seeking ways to creatively come up with the village’s local share of the grant. He added selling the current cardiac monitors may be a possibility.

Additionally at the May 6 meeting, Council heard the second reading of an ordinance to create the Village of Lakemore Rental Property Maintenance Code.

The new legislation would require the registration and inspection of all residential rental units in the village.

Village Solicitor Becky Doherty has said the purpose of the legislation is to establish standards necessary to make all rental units safe, sanitary, free from fire and health hazards, fit for human habitation and beneficial to the public welfare of the people of Lakemore.

The new guidelines will protect the community from blighted or deteriorating rental units, she has said.

A public hearing explaining the proposed legislation will take place May 21 at 6 p.m., an hour before the regular meeting.

Also during the regular meeting, Council:

  • approved a contract with IEBT Mobile Drug and Alcohol Testing Corp. to provide third-party drug testing administration services, specimen collection, substance abuse and mental health services in the village;
  • approved a contract with Love Insurance and Ohio Plan for liability insurance, with premiums for 2013 not to exceed $26,971, a cost $60 cheaper than last year’s contract;
  • heard the second reading of a resolution to permit Justice to enter into a contract with Time Warner Cable for five years of high-speed Internet service for the village’s water system, 2827 Sanitarium Road, at a cost of about $54 per month;
  • heard the first reading of a resolution to enter into a contract with Public Defenders for Indigent Defense at a cost not to exceed $160 per case in 2013;
  • heard the first reading of a resolution to accept an offer from FirstMerit Bank to become the depository of village funds until Feb. 14, 2017; and
  • heard the first reading of an ordinance to implement a Pledge of Confidentiality. According to the proposed ordinance, “Employees working regularly with matters of a confidential nature will be required to sign a statement pledging, under penalty of law, to maintain the security of the confidentiality data to which they have access.”

In other village business:

√ Justice announced village officials would open the bids May 8 for the work on well No. 5, which has been a proposed project since 2008.

√ Councilwoman Laura Cochran is seeking the oldest living village resident. She is asking Lakemore dwellers 90 years of age or older to contact the village so the oldest living resident soon could receive public recognition and possibly participate in Lakemore’s Memorial Day festivities.

√ Council President Tammie Coontz announced officials plan to address four more nuisance properties this month and are aggressively continuing the nuisance abatement program in the village.

√ Councilwoman Anne Snyder announced the village’s recent Cleanup Day was a success, as more than 30 residents participated, collecting about 30 bags of trash.

The next regular Council meeting will take place May 21, a day later than usual due to the Council members’ schedules, at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 1400 Main St.

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