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Richfield Council increasing number of village firefighters

6/27/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Jeff Gorman

Richfield Village Council agreed to increase the number of firefighters the village can hire from 30 to 40 during the June 18 meeting. However, that doesn’t mean the city is going on a hiring spree, Council members explained.

“This is a management tool that will help us keep staffing at proper levels,” said Councilman John Ciolkevich.

“The justification for this is that we will be saving on overtime costs,” added Councilman Ralph Waszak.

Councilman Mike Wheeler added Council can still approve or disapprove proposed new hires based on cost.

Also at the meeting, Mayor Bobbie Beshara expressed condolences to animal warden Cindy Clark on the passing of her husband, and to police officer Tony Padulsa, whose stepfather died recently.

Beshara also noted the passing of former Bath resident Rosalie Steiner, 92, who died June 11. A memorial service for Steiner will take place June 29 at 1 p.m. at her former residence. There will be no parking at the property. Shuttle service will be provided from the Bath Elementary School parking lot, 1246 N. Cleveland-Massillon Road, and Bath Church United Church of Christ, 3980 W. Bath Road. [For more on Steiner, see the June 20, 2013, issue or visit the archives at www.akron.com.]

The mayor also stated three companies have made bids to participate in the gas aggregation program.

Beshara added the village recently was honored with a flag from the Military Order of the Purple Heart at a June 14 ceremony that was attended by Councilman Mike Wheeler and retired police chief Dale Canter.

The village received the award for the way it honors those who are wounded and killed in battle, she said. The flag will fly under the Prisoners of War flag at the Richfield Veterans Memorial, Beshara said. [For more on that, see “Richfield Village named Purple Heart community” in the June 20, 2013, issue or visit the archives at www.akron.com.]

Police Chief Keith Morgan said an attempted abduction took place recently in Richfield Township, and he urged residents to report such incidents immediately.

“Keep your eyes open and don’t wait a couple of days; call us immediately,” he said. “You’re not bothering us. That’s what we’re here for.”

Morgan said his department was able to spread the word quickly through Facebook, Twitter and local media.

The police chief also reported the detective bureau arrested a man for allegedly impersonating a police officer after a two-month investigation. Morgan stated the man entered Giant Eagle wearing an FBI jacket and claimed he was investigating counterfeit money.

In other news:

  • Council President Richard Hudak reminded residents of the dates of upcoming summer events: Kelly Miller Circus (July 27), Sweet Corn Ride (July 28) and Community Days (Aug. 9-11), which includes a parade on Friday, a steak fry on Saturday and the main celebration on Sunday.
    In a related story, Council approved the expenditure of no more than $8,500 for fireworks and tents for the Community Days weekend. Council also approved alcohol in Richfield Woods Park for the weekend.
  • Council voted to accept bids for the summer construction season from Ray Bertolini Trucking (stone products and sand), DJL Material and Supply (asphalt sealant) and Discount Drainage Supplies (drainage pipe).
  • Council also introduced legislation that would change the name of Town Park to Oviatt Newton Park to honor the contributions of those families to Richfield.
  • Council passed a resolution to apply for an Ohio Public Works grant for the reconstruction of Hawkins Road in a collaborative effort with Richfield Township, Summit County and Hinckley Township.

Hudak announced the July 2 Council meeting is canceled. The next regular Richfield Village Council meeting will take place July 16 at 8 p.m. at Town Hall, 4410 W. Streetsboro Road.

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