Struthers police, fire get tools to fight fentanyl
By Graig Graziosi
Struthers first responders have new tools to protect themselves in the fight against opioid abuse in the city.
During city council’s first meeting since summer recess, Struthers Safety Service Director Edward Wildes said both the police and fire departments have ordered opioid personnel protection kits to mitigate the risk of accidental overdoses.
The police have ordered 30 kits, and the fire department ordered 10. The kits contain gloves, masks and other items to keep the emergency personnel from accidentally coming into contact with potentially fatal opioids such as fentanyl.
The police force also added three new cars to its fleet, bringing the total fleet to 11 cars. All officers also have been equipped with stun weapons.
Wildes also said the fire department was looking to add a few more volunteers to its ranks, which currently stands at 16 officers.
Mayor Terry Stocker gave a report during the meeting, which included information on current and upcoming street resurfacing projects.
There are plans for eight streets to be resurfaced by the end of the year, paid for with funds from a 2015 resurfacing levy, as well as more than $415,000 in grant funding from the Ohio Public Works Commission. Since the levy passed, the city has resurfaced 21 streets, at a cost of more than $993,000. Four streets have already been resurfaced this year – Terrace and Marion streets and Grandview and Columbus avenues – as part of the Mahoning County Community Development Block Grant Funding project. The grant is intended to provide funding for projects in low- and moderate-income areas.
The mayor also reported that the closed portions of the Stavich Bike Trail have been reopened after work was done to repair the trail.
Council also moved two pieces of legislation to second reading: a resolution authorizing necessary levies and an ordinance allowing the mayor to enter into an aggregation program with First Energy to set a fixed rate for city customers.
Both pieces of legislation may be passed as emergency at the next council meeting Sept. 23.