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Sharon Fire radio agreement to undergo further review

9/4/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

The Sharon Board of Trustees and other government officials discussed a proposal involving the Sharon Fire Department at the board’s meeting Aug. 26.

Fire Chief Michael George reported Medina County Assistant Prosecutor Brian Richter reviewed a proposed contract for 800 megahertz (MHz) radio service with Summit County fire departments. He said he was told by Richter it was a standard contract charging $12 per month for six radios, for a total of $72 per month. George said these radios would be used for communication for mutual aid between the Sharon Fire Department and Summit County fire departments.

Trustee Brian Guccion questioned the necessity for the contract when cooperation between departments has always taken place before without a formal contract.

George said because the radios are on an 800 MHz system, radios the department currently owns would be useless without being activated.

“If we don’t sign this agreement, these radios are virtually paperweights,” he said. “We used to be on their system without a contract, but times have changed.”

Guccion replied he still has questions and would like to discuss the matter with Chief Robert Haas or whoever headed up this project.

George emphasized that with Sharon bordering Summit County, “this is an important tool for us.”

The trustees agreed to get further clarification and information about this agreement with Summit County before agreeing to sign.

In other fire department matters, George said the department will hold its annual pancake breakfast Sept. 21 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the fire station, 1274 Sharon-Copley Road. He also announced the department’s power load systems have been installed and are working properly.

In other business:

  • Trustee Kimberly Bolas Miller reminded vendors of the farmers’ market at Sharon Community Park that there is a one-time $25 vending fee. She said the money goes to advertising the farmers’ market.
    Miller offered her condolences to the family of Luke Marcelli, 20, one of four Case Western Reserve students killed in a plane crash in Willoughby Hills Aug. 25. She said Luke was the son of retired Sharon Elementary School physical education teacher Bryan Marcelli.
  • Trustee Ray Lurtz discussed a proposal to complete seven drive aprons for Beach Road, for a total of $9,800, but said another estimate is needed before going through with it. He told Service Director Bob Turek to call Sable Asphalt of Akron for estimates.
    Lurtz reported he was informed the cross culvert at the intersection of Northview Drive and High View Drive needs to be fixed.
    Lurtz also announced new tenants will start to move into the Stauffer Building 2 and the township must make the lot presentable for the tenants.
    He also said road paving was expected to start Sept. 2 and roadside mowing should be done by the following week.
  • Zoning Inspector Neil Jones reported he handled permits for two single-family homes, one accessory building, one deck and one variance request for a lot split. He said he also approved a request to set up signs for Boy Scout troop signup from Sept. 10 to the following weekend.
    Jones also discussed insurance for the township’s 1840 Community House, stating he spoke about it with Richter.
    Jones also said, in regard to a lot split on Medina Road, the property owner had previous issues with an easement on the property. He said he is currently seeking Richter’s opinion on the matter.
    Guccion suggested Jones wait a day or so before signing the permit for it.
  • A Hartman Road resident informed the trustees that due to the building of houses across the street from him, mailboxes have been put up past the edge of the street, causing a possible safety hazard for traffic.
    Lurtz said the problem could be solved by cutting back the nearby trees.
    The resident also said the watershed from a new home development nearby flows toward his property.
    Trustees instructed Turek to look into both matters.

The next Sharon Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. This meeting will be held at the 1840 Community House, located at 1375 Sharon-Copley Road.

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