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One person died in the nursing home fire.
By MARY SMITH
MINERAL RIDGE -- Weathersfield Township fire and police officers who were involved in rescue efforts during a fire at the Briarfield Nursing Home on Sept. 30 were honored with a presentation of the certification of valor.
The certification was presented Tuesday by Fire Chief Randy Pugh to the volunteer firefighters and by Police Chief Joseph Consiglio to two police officers.
Trustees presented a commendation to the fire department honoring the three separate fire stations of the Weathersfield Fire Department with three certificates to be placed at all three stations. Trustee Chairman John Vogel said the fire department "has written a new page of honor for its history."
Pugh said the fire occurred at 9:15 on a Saturday night. One person died in the blaze, the occupant of a room where the fire broke out. Two wings of the nursing home were filled with smoke, making it necessary to move 32 patients to other areas.
Pugh said township personnel, the staff at Briarfield, and emergency management service personnel all helped in the rescue.
Responding from outside the township were the Austintown and McDonald fire departments, several ambulance companies, the Niles Emergency Management Agency, Trumbull County EMA and the American Red Cross.
Not one patient was injured in being transferred, Pugh noted.
In other business, trustees voted 2-1 to rescind a motion to turn down the Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District original plan for garbage disposal and approve the agency's updated plan. Vogel cast the dissenting vote.
The updated 15-year management plan says it will cost each customer an extra 25 cents a month for garbage disposal. The fee is to be added by the waste haulers.
Trustee William Miller said he had mixed reactions to the proposal but added trustees have been warned if the local waste plan isn't established, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will come in and override the local system.
Trustees also awarded a bid of 31,871 to Boak & amp; Sons, Victoria Road, Austintown, for replacement of a portion of the township administration building roof. The work is to start in about three weeks.