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Fire and Rescue Association establishes second scholarship

6/6/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

Fairlawn Fire Chief Russell Hose announced the Fairlawn Fire and Rescue Association has established a second ongoing $500 scholarship to be awarded to a Copley High School graduating senior who will continue his or her education in the field of emergency services.

“In 2001, the Fairlawn Fire and Rescue Association established an ongoing scholarship in the name of Firefighter George Primes after his untimely death,” Hose said during the June 3 Fairlawn City Council meeting. “Well, I’m proud to announce that on Thursday, May 3, the Fairlawn Fire and Rescue Association awarded its second ongoing scholarship.”

The second scholarship honors retired city of Fairlawn Medical Director Dr. Mary Jo McMullen.

“Dr. McMullen started with the Fairlawn Fire Department in 1981, when we first established it,” Hose said. “She was the driving force behind our EMS system. I can honestly tell you that Fairlawn’s EMS service is second to none, and we owe her a great debt of gratitude.”

McMullen retired from her post last year, and Hose said the Fairlawn Fire Department had been looking for ways to celebrate her career.

“There were a lot of things that we wanted to do for her, but she wanted nothing. We tried to think of some gifts, but she would accept nothing,” Hose said. “When we said we wanted to establish a scholarship in her name, she said she would like that. Education has always been huge in her mind.”

Also at the meeting, an ordinance amending the city’s public records policy was unanimously approved by Council.

“This is a correction to what we did a month or so ago. It’s a correction to one of the amounts being charged,” explained Law Director Ed Riegler. “This deals with public records requests and the schedule of charges for oversized documents — documents larger than 11 inches by 17 inches. There’s a charge because it has to be sent out or it takes additional paper. What we put in the ordinance was a charge of $4 per square foot. Well, we discovered that was an error and it should be 4 cents a square foot.”

Council also unanimously approved an ordinance authorizing the mayor to enter into an agreement that permits the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to maintain and repair interstate highways within the city of Fairlawn.

“This agreement allows ODOT to come in and do maintenance on [Interstate] 77 through the Fairlawn area,” said Deputy Service Director Ernie Staten. “It’s a basic agreement that allows them to do basic maintenance, road repair, mowing of the grass, striping, snow removal and ice removal.”

In other news:

  • Fairlawn Zoning, Housing and Residential Building Commissioner Chris Randles said his department started this year’s Neighborhood Inspection Program June 3.
    “We inspect a third of all residential properties every year for exterior property maintenance issues. We basically look for peeling paint, broken windows … items like that. If we see anything, we’ll send a notice to the homeowner, tell them what the issue is and give them a chance to repair it. If it’s not repaired, we start a violation process through our proper maintenance code,” Randles said. “We’ll be doing [the inspections] this week and next week, and hopefully we’ll have good weather for it.”
  • According to Staten, the city’s document shredding day will take place June 8 at the Fairlawn Service Department, 3300 Fairlawn Service Drive.
    “It starts at 9 a.m. and concludes at noon,” he said. “It’s open to all Summit County residents.”
    According to the city’s website, there will be a limit of 10 file boxes or shopping bags and residents are asked to remove any binder clips, rubber bands, paper clips, binders, report covers and hanging files. All paper shredded will be recycled.
    For more information, call the Service Department at 330-668-9550.

The next Fairlawn City Council meeting is set for June 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Fairlawn City Hall, 3487 S. Smith Road. The next Committee-of-the-Whole meeting is scheduled for June 10 at 6 p.m. in City Hall.

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