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New Franklin Fire getting new vehicle

2/27/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

New Franklin City Council approved the purchase of a new technical rescue unit for the city’s fire department at the Feb. 19 meeting.

According to the legislation, the vehicle, a 2015 Ford F250, will cost almost $30,000 before a $3,000 light package is installed. It will be ready in six to eight weeks.

The vehicle is needed to replace a 1992 model with major motor problems that are not worth repairing, according to Fire Department Chief Steve Leslie. Leslie said the purchase will replace a new command vehicle that was budgeted for purchase this year.

Council also approved a one-year agreement with the Summit County Public Defenders Commission to provide counsel to indigent persons charged with violating a New Franklin codified ordinance. Law Director Tom Musarra explained that New Franklin does not have codified ordinances and instead relies on county ones.

In addition, a resolution authorizing the transfer of $100,000 from the General Fund to the Police Fund was approved at the meeting.

During the Finance Report, Finance Director Susan Cooke reported the January cash balance was $2.609 million.

Also, Mayor Al Bollas announced a community-wide shredding day will take place April 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at City Hall, 5611 Manchester Road. A maximum of 15 boxes per person will be accepted for shredding on the spot. The free event is open to all.

He also reported there is little to no money for road improvements this year, and this, as well as funding for the Police Department, should be a topic of discussion at a special meeting of the Committee of the Whole on finances, slated for March 24 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

Council convened into executive session to discuss personnel, real estate and pending legislation, with no action taken afterward.

The city will host Community Emergency Response Training (C.E.R.T.) March 1 and 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Presented by Summit County Public Health Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator Marlene Martin at City Hall, the sessions will train residents to help city officials respond to disasters. Participants will be C.E.R.T.-certified if they attend and complete both sessions.

To register or for more details, contact Martin at 330-926-5774 or email mmartin@schd.org.

The next regular Council meeting will take place March 5 starting at 6 p.m. with committee meetings at City Hall.

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