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Peninsula improving police radio reception

9/12/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

At the Sept. 9 meeting, Peninsula Village Council unanimously agreed to spend approximately $3,400 in order for police radios to transmit and receive frequencies in the Village Hall.

The Village Hall has not had radio reception for many years, according to Mayor Doug Mayer.

“I’d like to get it done because it is a safety issue,” added Joseph Varga, the village’s new police chief.

Officers sometimes can get reception by placing radios in a window, but sometimes that doesn’t even work, he said.

The problem is not with the department’s radios, said Varga.

Also, Varga, who started his job as full-time police chief Aug. 28, will not be required to move to the village, according to action taken by Council.

Council voted to suspend the rules, forgoing the three-reading requirement, of legislation waiving the requirement for the village’s chief of police to become a resident of the village within six months of appointment.

In other business at the meeting, the mayor said he recently met with representatives of Cuyahoga Valley National Park regarding the Players Barn, located on state Route 303, east of Akron-Peninsula Road. Park officials proposed trading the barn property for land behind the police station, he said.

Councilwoman Dee Holody urged Mayer to make sure discussions are not limited to that specific land trade.

Also at the meeting, Council:

  • discussed having address markers posted on village residents’ properties for fire and rescue services. The fiberglass markers were purchased by the village previously to mark properties for fire and rescue services, said Mayer;
  • adopted a fleet safety program. The program is to minimize vehicle accidents and injuries, as well as reduce insurance and accident costs, according to the legislation;
  • approved having repairs done on the Road Department’s pickup truck; and
  • approved a list of updated zoning application fees, to take effect immediately. The new fees take into consideration what it costs to process the applications, and the village won’t make any money by collecting them, said Mayer.

“We were paying two-thirds of the costs,” he said.

Mayer added he wanted to share with the public the importance of passing an income tax increase that will appear on the Nov. 5 General Election ballot. The village is asking for a 1 percent increase in income tax, resulting in a total income tax of 2 percent for the general municipal operations of the village.

“It is very needed,” he said.

In other news, the Valley Fire District’s expansion into Boston Heights is cause for a celebration Sept. 29 at 1 p.m., as the three-year agreement will go into effect the next day, said Mayer. Currently serving Peninsula and Boston Township, in August Boston Heights officials signed an agreement for the fire district to provide fire and emergency medical services (EMS) to that community 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The celebration, to include a procession, will be held at the Boston Heights Fire Station.

Also at the meeting, Mayer noted the village is still seeking a part-time employee to work in the Service Department.

Council’s next regular meeting is set for Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. in the second-floor Council room of Peninsula Village Hall, located at the corner of state Route 303 and Akron-Peninsula Road.

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