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Lakemore Council OKs fire department promotions

4/24/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

LAKEMORE — The Lakemore Fire Department now will be able to serve the community on a “whole new level” due to recent efforts by Chief Barry Saley, said Mayor Rick Justice.

Earlier this year, Saley was able to secure the department a $255,400 SAFER grant to maintain part-time staffing, he said.

At the April 21 Council meeting, Council approved department promotions in light of the obtained funding, with a celebration held afterward.

Lieutenants David Gasaway and Shawn Parsell each were promoted to the position of captain/paramedic at a rate of $13.52 per hour. Justice administered the oath of office to Gasaway and Parsell so they could begin serving in their new roles.

With the grant funding, Council also was able to promote part-time fireman Joseph Dies to a full-time position for two years, Justice said. Dies, who also took the oath of office at the meeting, specifically will be serving as the village’s fire prevention officer, he said.

Saley said Dies’ one-year probationary period salary will be $35,000. After successfully completing the probationary period, his salary will go to $36,000 per year, he said.

“I am very proud of our fire department for doing what they do with what they have to work with,” Justice said. “We don’t have a lot of the resources available that others do, but we get the job done.”

Also at the regular meeting:

  • Council agreed to allow two youth sports organizations to utilize village property.
    Through approved resolutions, the Springfield Township Athletic Association is permitted to use Humiston Memorial Water Works Park for baseball activities through Oct. 31, and the Springfield Soccer Club is permitted to use the Lakemore Soccer Field for youth soccer through Oct. 31.
    Justice explained Lakemore and Springfield’s youth sports programs recently combined to form larger leagues.
  • Council authorized a contract with Love Insurance and the Ohio Plan for liability insurance coverage through April 23, 2015, in the amount of $27,190, just about a $300 increase from the previous year, said Fiscal Officer Tracy Fast.
  • Council heard the second reading of legislation to authorize to have the Summit County Fiscal Office certify to the village the amount of a 2.5-mill renewal levy for the fire department. The proposed resolution states Council desires to renew the 2.5-mill, five-year levy in the Nov. 4 General Election.
  • During the meeting, Council members and the mayor wore blue. Councilman Richard Cole explained the matching clothing was designed to draw awareness to autism, as April is Autism Awareness Month.
  • Justice announced hydrants currently are being flushed. He said it would be a good idea for residents to flush out their own lines and hot water heaters when hydrants are being flushed near their homes. Justice said signs are put out when flushing is going on to keep the community informed on where it is taking place.
  • Councilwoman Anne Snyder additionally discussed the village’s annual Cleanup Day, scheduled for April 26. She said participants should report to Upper Waterworks Park on Sanitarium Road at 9 a.m. Gloves and trash bags will be distributed to residents willing to help beautify the village for a few hours. Snyder said hot dogs will be served to all those who volunteer.

The next regular Lakemore Village Council meeting will take place May 5 at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 1400 Main St.

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