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Richfield fire chief commended for saving life

7/24/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Jeff Gorman

Fire Chief Jason Mihalek was commended at the July 15 Richfield Village Council meeting for helping to save a life recently.

Mayor Bobbie Beshara told the story of Mihalek administering CPR to a patient who he found in full cardiac arrest in Hartville. The patient eventually recovered.

As the mayor spoke, Mihalek’s colleagues and other well-wishers came into Council chambers and greeted him with a round of applause.

Mihalek stated it was his goal for every resident of Richfield to learn CPR in case of such an emergency.

Beshara also congratulated part-time police officer Steven Berry for accepting a full-time position with the Akron Police Department.

The mayor noted Ohio Firefighter magazine recognized the Richfield Fire Department on its 80th anniversary.

Beshara also announced the Richfield Joint Recreation District chose Kelly Clark as its seventh member for a three-year term.

In other news:

  • Mihalek reported residents should use caution during the July 27 Sweet Corn Challenge, since a large number of bicyclists will be on the streets.

He also reported the new rescue/pumper vehicle has been ordered, and the delivery date is set for Jan. 31. The fire chief stated the new vehicle should be in service by March 1.

In addition, Mihalek advised residents to seek shelter during severe weather, considering the damage that residences in Brunswick and Hinckley incurred in recent weeks from high winds and tornadoes.

  • Police Chief Keith Morgan said children who wear their bike helmets are being given “tickets” that are actually coupons for local restaurants and ice cream shops.
  • Service Director Melanie Baker said the Briarwood Road and Ramblewood Drive paving projects have been completed.
  • Council granted Recreation Director Ruth Jocek’s request for the expenditure of $12,000 on the upcoming Community Day celebration, as well as the suspension of the alcohol restriction in Rising Valley Park for the festivities.
  • Financial Director Sandy Turk reported she attended the Ohio Municipal League’s Income Tax Seminar recently. She suggested residents talk to their state senators about House Bill 5.

According to Turk, the proposed exemption of supplemental executive retirement plans from municipal taxation would result in municipalities losing revenue and carrying additional administrative burdens.

  • Councilman Michael Lyons said the Joint Recreation Board has made progress toward a ballot issue to fund the purchase of the former Crowell/Hilaka Girl Scout Camp.

“The board members have a great mix of skills and work very well together,” Lyons said.

  • Hudak reminded residents of upcoming dates on the calendar, including the Kelly Miller Circus (July 26); the Sweet Corn Challenge (July 27); the Community Day Parade (Aug. 8); the Steak Fry, Safety Forces Open House, 5K Sprint/Walk and Explorers Pancake Breakfast (Aug. 9); and the main Community Day celebration with fireworks (Aug. 10).
  • Council agreed to renew its annual agreement with the Summit County Soil and Water Conservation District regarding the prevention of storm water pollution.
  • Council passed a resolution to accept a grant from the state’s Office of Criminal Justice Services to replace the computers in police cars with tablet computers. The village will pay 10 percent of the overall cost of $9,169.
  • Council also discussed whether to ask the Richfield Town Trust to defray the cost of extra help provided by police and fire personnel at the Sweet Corn Ride.

After deciding that such a policy would have to be extended to the sponsors of other community events, and noting that it could drive away volunteers, Council members decided against the idea.

The next Richfield Village Council meeting is scheduled for Aug. 5 at 8 p.m. at Town Hall, 4410 W. Streetsboro Road.

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