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Sharon Fire adding new shift

8/21/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

At the Sharon Board of Trustees meeting Aug. 12, trustees approved adding a new shift for the Sharon Fire Department after hearing a proposal from Fire Chief Robert Haas.

Haas said the 6 to 8 p.m. shift is currently a soft spot in regard to scheduling. Upon reviewing the statistics for the last quarter of the year, he explained, he found the number of calls was rising between 6 and 10 p.m. During that quarter, he said, there were 52 calls within that timeframe.

Haas said the added shift would cost $32,538 for six months.

After hearing Haas’ proposal, the trustees agreed to move $35,000 from the Capital Improvements Fund to the Salary and Wages Fund to create the new 6 to 10 p.m. shift.

Haas also reported the Fire Department’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation grant is in motion.

He also said he received a complaint about a defective tornado siren and planned to test the siren Aug. 16, weather permitting.

He also announced the Sharon Fire Department will hold its annual softball game against the Granger Fire Department tonight, Aug. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at Sharon Community Park on Ridge Road.

In other business:

  • Zoning Inspector Neil Jones provided an update on the situation regarding foul odors from the GrafTech facility near Sharon Circle. He reported GrafTech was sent a letter of violation because of the odor, but he received a letter from GrafTech’s legal team appealing the letter of violation as erroneous. He said Medina County Assistant Prosecutor Brian Richter would like to see the letter before scheduling the appeal. Jones reported a copy was sent to him and also made available to the trustees.
    Jones also reported he handled requests for three single-family homes, two decks, one spa, one pool, three variance requests, one accessory bid and two lot splits since the last board meeting.
  • Trustee Ray Lurtz reported he was contacted by Shelly Co. representatives, who said they wanted to use trackless tack for the upcoming paving projects in the township’s subdivisions, which Lurtz approved. He said the use of trackless tack prevents tracks from blacktop appearing when vehicles pull into driveways.
  • Trustee Brian Guccion reported a fire hydrant on Messina Drive is broken. Chief Haas said he will have it fixed.
    Guccion also reported that two weeks ago, someone had shut off the freezer in the Administration Building with $600 worth of food items inside it. He said the locks have been switched on the freezer door so only the master key will open it. Guccion said this is the second time the freezer has been vandalized.
  • Trustee Kimberly Bolas Miller reported she was contacted by a Sharon Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization representative who requested to store holiday items in the township’s 1840 house starting in December for an upcoming event later that month. Miller said she will not know how much space will be available then, so the request will have to wait until the trustees position the township records in the house.
  • Fiscal Officer Anita Haas reported she received a letter from the U.S. Postal Service in response to the public letter opposing the shortening of the hours of operation at the Sharon Circle post office. She said the response letter stated there are no plans to close the post office, but restructuring operations will be made in response to deficits.
  • The board approved a motion to send a letter in support of the Tuscarawas Watershed Council.
  • A resident reported a weight limit sign is blocking the stop sign on State Road southbound at the Sharon-Copley Road intersection.
    Lurtz said Medina County personnel put up the weight limit sign and he will contact county representatives to rectify the problem.

The next Sharon Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Aug. 26 at the Sharon Township Administration Building, 1322 Sharon-Copley Road on Sharon Circle.

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