District weighs displaying fire items
Hubbard council hears request
HUBBARD — The Eagle Joint Fire District is considering constructing an auxiliary building near the fire station to showcase items of the fire district, which serves Hubbard city and Hubbard Township.
Third Ward Councilman Michael Mogg, who serves on the fire district board, told city council Monday that the board discussed the idea of moving artifacts housed inside the fire station to a new building, where they can be viewed by the public.
“This has been discussed and is in the early stages. The public would be able to see the artifacts and items in a new building, which will help free up space in the fire station for radios and computers,” Mogg said.
Mayor Ben Kyle said the idea was proposed at a recent fire district meeting.
The fire department is located at 33 W. Liberty St. The public will be able to see the fire department building and equipment from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at an open house.
Mogg said the fire district also is planning for United Contracting to do renovation and remodeling work at the fire department for constructing restrooms and showers at a cost of $99,604.
Council President Bill Williams told Mogg that if the fire district plans any projects, it needs to let the city and law Director Mark Villano know, because the station is leased by the city.
“We are asking that it be done properly and the lease is followed,” Williams said.
Mogg said the fire board is discussing the need for a new ambulance, as the current two are continually in need of repairs.
Kyle also reported that the former Stiver Farm property in the 600 block of Forest Hill Drive is being considered for 62 single-family standalone villas.
“There was empty land on Forest Hill that was for sale. This is what has been proposed,” Kyle said.
In other business, Julie Green, director of the Trumbull County Planning Commission, and Kimberly Vaughn, plats and zoning coordinator, spoke to council on having communities make adaptations in zoning codes to work with the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna for a military compatibility overlay district.
Vaughn said communities are being asked to include in their zoning codes and comprehensive plans ways to work with YARS such as limiting the height of buildings, guidelines on solar panels, and outdoor lighting which could create a glare and obstruct the vision of pilots coming and going from the YARS.
She said solar panels can cause glare, and outdoor bright lights can also interfere with a pilot’s ability to see clearly.Vaughn said outdoor lighting could have the lights turned downward.
Vaughn said there are no buildings in the city over 600 feet with most cell towers 200 to 250 feet.
Other concerns are drones and laser pointers, which also may interfere with a pilot’s vision.
She said there are many night missions from YARS.
Green said, “YARS provides $150 million to the local economy here in the Valley.”
Williams said the information will be given to the city’s planning / zoning committee for review and will contact the county planning commission with questions.