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Lakemore Council considering ambulance purchase

7/10/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

Before Lakemore Village Council takes a summer recess for the month of August, members have some homework to do.

“There are big decisions that need to be made during the next couple of meetings,” said Mayor Rick Justice at the July 7 Council meeting.

He explained the Lakemore Fire Department is down one ambulance, and Council needs to determine if it is more fiscally responsible to keep repairing the older vehicle or purchase a new or used one.

Justice said the Fire Department currently has an ambulance on loan from Uniontown until research is done and a decision is made on the matter.

Safety services in the village have remained uninterrupted, he added.

In addition, Justice said Council needs to decide how best to fund repairs needed on one of the village’s water tanks. He said Lakemore’s two water tanks recently were inspected, with the interior of the tanks videotaped for inspection and then cleaned out. Justice said footage revealed the inside of the village’s oldest 5,000-gallon tank has a few maintenance problems. He ensured the public the issues are not affecting water quality but do need to be addressed in the near future.

Lakemore has been investing in its water system for the past few years. In 2009, a new control panel was purchased, and last year, a new well was installed, Justice said. Now, the village needs to work on the storage part of the water system, he said.

Justice said Council soon would watch the video of the inspection and create a plan for correcting the problems found.

Council additionally heard the second reading of a resolution accepting the village’s drinking water source protection plan. The village is required to create and maintain a drinking water source protection plan, per the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the resolution states. The village formed a protection team and created a plan that lists potential contaminated source control strategies, education and outreach ideas and the Department of Public Service’s annual contingency plan.

Also during the meeting, Council:

  • approved a resolution to officially place a renewal of a five-year 2.5-mill fire levy on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot to continue to provide sufficient funding to maintain fire and emergency medical services in the village;
  • agreed to apply for the 2015 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding program for Phase 2 of the Mohican Boulevard waterline project and replace the water main line on Ottawa Avenue;
  • agreed to allow Justice to advertise and accept the lowest and best bid for Phase 1 of the Mohican waterline project, conditional upon funding through the CDBG program;
  • agreed to adjust the township’s pavilion rental fee, currently at $50, to now additionally charge a deposit of $50, which will be refunded if conditions are left as found prior to occurrence of the rental event; and
  • approved a five-year lease agreement with FirstMerit Bank for a 2015 Ford F450 dump truck at a cost of $52,517. The approved legislation states the village will make five annual payments of $10,503, with an initial fixed rate of 3.65 percent. There is a document fee of $250 due with the first payment, according to the agreement.

Before the meeting’s close, Council heard from resident Jennifer Flynt, of Pawnee Boulevard, concerning a recent water main break. She said an “explosion” at the end of June caused her home to fill with water and become uninhabitable, primarily because her home was being reroofed at the time. She is concerned another “explosion” will happen again and hurt a neighbor, specifically a child.

Justice said Council will have to find funding to permanently correct water main issues on Pawnee, but Council soon would discuss the matter. He added the village’s insurance company is working with her insurance company.

Council will hold a workshop July 16 at 6 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 1400 Main St.

The next regular Council meeting will be July 21 at 7 p.m., following a 6:30 p.m. public hearing, at the same location.

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