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Three Fairlawn firefighters promoted during Council meeting

7/18/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

City officially closing Rothrock Road July 19

At the July 15 Fairlawn City Council meeting, three Fairlawn Fire Department members received promotions.

Lt. Dave Young was promoted to the rank of fire captain. Young, who started with the department in 1994 as a part-time fire medic, was hired full time in 2001 and promoted to lieutenant in 2006.

“Dave is an extremely hard worker and is dedicated to this department and his family,” said Fairlawn Fire Capt. Richard Dobson.

According to Fairlawn Fire Chief Russ Hose, Young has been instrumental in the department’s fire inspection program and the fire training of the department’s personnel. Young graduated from the Ohio Executive Fire Officer Program in 2010.

“I just quickly want to say thank you for all the support from family, friends and co-workers throughout the city. It’s been a wonderful experience since I’ve been here,” Young said. “It’s truly an honor to serve this community, and I want to thank everyone on Council and Mayor [William] Roth for the opportunity to continue to serve this city.”

Fire medic Scott Reymann was promoted to the position of fire lieutenant.

“Scott is a dedicated employee and lives in the city,” Dobson said. “He is an excellent fireman and paramedic.”

Reymann started his career as a fire medic in 1993 and was hired full time in 2000.

“I want to thank the mayor and all the members of Council. I really appreciate this privilege,” Reymann said. “I also want to thank the administration, and also my wife and kids for all their support and sacrifice throughout the years. I also want to thank my co-workers and friends.”

And Tony Januszewski was sworn in as a new full-time fire medic for the department.

“Along with Chief Hose, I am very happy to be given the opportunity to hire Tony full time,” Dobson stated. “Tony and his family recently moved to the city of Fairlawn. We wish Tony a long and successful career at the Fairlawn Fire Department.”

Januszewski started as a part-time fire medic in Fairlawn in 2009.

“I want to take this moment to first thank God for this opportunity. I want to thank the city of Fairlawn, Mayor Roth and City Council,” Januszewski said. “And I want to thank the fire administration, my family and all my co-workers for being here. Thank you very much.”

According to Dobson, July 14 marked the last day with the Fairlawn Fire Department for Lt. Eddie Schepp, who has been named the new fire chief for North Olmsted. Schepp attended the Council meeting to watch his co-workers receive their promotions.

Also during the meeting, Roth said the city will officially close Rothrock Road, tomorrow, July 19.

“As you know, in the Rothrock litigation case the court has ruled in our favor. The other side, Copley and also Mr. [Jacob] Pollock, have filed an appeal, which is pretty much the norm in these types of cases,” the mayor said. “However, we are proceeding this Friday. ... and the road will officially be closed this Friday morning.”

In other news:

  • Parks and Recreation Director Laurie Beisecker announced her department has created a new event for Sept. 1, titled the Fairlawn Food Truck Roundup, which will take place at Bicentennial Park from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    “We have 16 trucks committed, and we are working on the entertainment and advertising,” she said. “One of the best things about this event is that the trucks will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Fairlawn Community Foundation. We are hoping this will be a big event, and we will keep you up to date as the planning progresses.”
  • Council unanimously passed a resolution “reaffirming, amending and/or restating the city of Fairlawn’s retirement contribution pick-up plan for eligible employees” in the division of fire and emergency rescue services, as well as the police division, who participate in the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund.
    “The Ohio Police and Fire Pension system has decided to raise the member contribution rates,” said Patricia Bertsch, Fairlawn’s assistant finance director. “Right now, the employees pay 10 percent of their salary to the pension board. It’s going to increase to 10.75 percent this year, to 11.5 percent next year, and then to 12.25 in the third year.”
    According to Bertsch, there is no additional cost to the city with the change.
  • Fairlawn Zoning, Housing and Residential Building Commissioner Chris Randles said his department has wrapped up “the walk-throughs” for this year’s Neighborhood Inspection Program on June 3.
    “We inspect a third of all residential properties every year for exterior property maintenance issues,” he said. “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 Property Maintenance Code.”
    Randles said the city sent out the first round of violation letters last week.
    Council President Russell Sharnsky (at large) said it’s important to note “that those violation letters are appealable and [the Fairlawn Zoning, Housing and Residential Building] Department is more than willing to work with the homeowners to get the violations corrected.”
    Randles said between 20 and 30 letters have gone out so far.
  • Council unanimously passed a resolution in support of Summit County declaring August 2013 as Summit Kids Month in the county.

The next Council meeting is set for Aug. 12 at 6:30 p.m., and the next Committee-of-the-Whole meeting will be Aug. 5 at 6 p.m., both at Fairlawn City Hall, 3487 S. Smith Road.

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