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New fire truck delivered to Copley

9/26/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

Copley Township’s new rescue pumper will be put into service, after modifications are made, within four to six weeks.
Photo courtesy of Copley Township Fire Department
Copley Township’s new fire engine was set to arrive in the area any day, Fire Chief Michael Benson told the Board of Trustees at the Sept. 18 meeting.

Following a “fine-tooth comb” inspection by the Copley Fire Department crew that put together specifications for the vehicle during a trip to the manufacturer in Appleton, Wis., the vehicle was expected to be delivered to the dealer in Twinsburg, Benson said during the meeting. [Assistant Fire Chief Keith Moore confirmed Sept. 23 it had arrived.]

Next, the Pierce Dash rescue pumper will head to a company in Richfield for mounting hardware parts, after a brief stop of a day or two in Copley, said Moore.

It will be four to six weeks, optimistically, before the truck is put into service, he said.

Once the truck is done in Richfield, Copley Fire Department personnel will install radio equipment themselves, including a headset intercom system, saving the department thousands of dollars, he added.

The rescue pumper will be equipped with hydraulic rescue tools such as Jaws of Life. Another feature is storage for compartments for materials needed to clean up chemical spills, according to Moore.

Also at the Sept. 18 meeting, trustees approved a purchase order for a second annual lease payment, of about $109,800, for the vehicle.

The Copley Fire and Rescue Association will kick in about $16,000 toward this payment, said Benson, an amount they have committed to annually for the five years payments are required.

Benson added his department is looking at applying for a regional grant with Barberton, Copley and Norton and possibly Fairlawn for a fire station alerting system to improve efficiency. The new equipment would alert the fire stations of emergencies at the same time, allowing mutual aid to arrive 90 seconds to two minutes faster, he said.

In other Fire Department news, trustees approved an extended leave of absence to part-time firefighter Konrad Becker, through Oct. 31, in order for him to clear up pending matters with the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) prior to retirement.

Trustees also accepted the resignation of his wife, Karen Becker, as part-time captain and paramedic with the department, for retirement purposes, with more than 30 years of service.

In other action, trustees approved:

  • a resolution in support of efforts to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes;
  • a purchase order to the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office for $9,000 to continue the direct indictment program for video arraignment through October 2014;
  • a resolution to pay a total of $1,275 to four property owners on Janwood Drive for the acquisition of drainage easements to complete a culvert pipe replacement project; and
  • a blanket certificate for $700, which is reimbursable through liens, according to Zoning Director Matt Springer, for the Moving Ohio Forward program, including hiring a title company to perform lien searches on six properties targeted for demolition.

Also at the meeting:

√ Mary Alice Sonnhalter, manager of community relations for the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board, spoke to trustees regarding the organization’s need for a 2.95-mill renewal levy, appearing as Issue No. 1 on the General Election ballot Nov. 5.
One service available to Copley residents, she said, is a 24-hour hotline for mental health emergencies, at 330-434-9144 or 1-800-273-TALK. [For more on Issue No. 1, see related story on Page 1.]

√ Service Director Mark Mitchell noted more than 170 applications have been received so far for the senior snowplow program, and the township will be advertising for an additional plow driver to replace one that is no longer in business.

√ Trustee Scott Dressler invited residents who have experienced storm water problems to contribute their stories to the public record, while Tim Boley, head of the Highway/Drainage Department in the Summit County Engineer’s Office, listened.
Neighbors who live in the 300 block of Fernway Drive provided photos of water running between two homes as a result of the July 10 rain event, with flooding causing significant property damage, according to the homeowners.
Also, a homeowner who lives in the 300 block of Driftwood Court joined the discussion, adding she has had standing water on her property since July 10.

√ Trustee Helen Humphrys noted a survey about the Montrose area is being conducted by the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS) and will be available online until the end of October at www.surveymonkey.com/s/BetterMontrose. The survey aims to help AMATS and Copley and Bath townships make the area friendlier to pedestrians, cyclists and bus riders.

√ Humphrys also noted that today, Sept. 26, the Copley Homeowners Association will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. at the Copley Community Center, 1278 Sunset Drive, with information on hydraulic fracturing. Terry Bell, secretary of the Jefferson County Township Association and a Salem Township trustee, will share information on oil and gas operations in Jefferson County and what to expect in Summit County. The public is welcome.

√ Trustees went into executive session to discuss personnel matters related to compensation and hiring. After the executive session, trustees agreed on a conditional offer of employment to Kevin White as a laborer in the Service Department, pending successful completion of pre-employment testing.

The board’s next regular meeting will take place Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Copley Township offices, 1540 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.

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