MAHONING COUNTY Firefighters to get new equipment



Five other communities shared the federal grant.
By MARY GRZEBIENIAK
VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT
NEW MIDDLETOWN -- All 20 firefighters from the New Middletown Fire Department will receive new air packs thanks to a federal fire act grant.
The village is one of five communities that will share the $667,818 grant. The others are Western Reserve Joint Fire District, and Beaver, Coitsville and Springfield townships.
New Middletown Fire Chief Bill Opsitnik told council members Monday night that all firefighters in the five communities will now have similar equipment, which will make mutual efforts more efficient.
The air packs, which he said cost about $435 apiece, also will have a larger capacity than the old ones. A 10 percent share will be required from the village.
Opsitnik said the fire act grant was the largest in Ohio.
Another grant
Council also accepted a $10,069 grant from Mahoning County Green Team for several picnic tables for Welker Park and some framework for the fire department. The village will have to come up with $2,517.
Council also agreed to spend up to $1,200 for four security cameras, cable and connectors from Communications Brokers, Boardman. The cameras will be added to those already in the area around the municipal building and in the park.
They also agreed to pay up to $3,000 for 32 new Christmas banners to decorate village streets. The banners will be purchased from Kolesar Display Co., Youngstown.
Council also formally accepted the $61,506 it will receive this year from the Mahoning County half-percent sales tax. Council members had earlier agreed to use the money toward renovating the village building.
Council also handled these matters:
*Unanimously agreed to urge the federal government to support continued location of the Youngstown Air Reserve Base and the 910th Tactical Airlift Wing at the Youngstown Airport.
*Gave second reading to an ordinance which clarifies the new state law on carrying concealed weapons in public buildings. The third and final reading will come next month.
*Heard from Police Sgt. Ken Goist on last week's "Night Out" celebration. He said it was one of the biggest in years, and the parade was the biggest ever.
*Accepted the resignation of Kimberly Strawbridge from the fire department.

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