Council congratulates fire chief

SHADYSIDE – Village council congratulated Fire Chief David Lenz and Assistant Fire Chief John Shaver on the passing of the fire levy during the November election at a recent meeting. The meeting was moved from Monday in observation of Veterans Day.

“I would like to congratulate Chief Lenz and the Shadyside Fire Department for the village and the township passing the levy for the OR&W Fire District,” said Councilman Bob Bell, who also served on the fire board. “I would like to thank, not only the fire department and Chief Lenz and Assistant Chief Shaver but the village of Shadyside for supporting it and also the township. I would like to thank our committee that we had in place.”

The Ohio River and Western or OR&W Fire District will service Shadyside and Mead Township. The creation of the fire district is something that has been in the works for several years now. The OR&W Fire District will be able to hire part-time workers to cover calls during the day, which normally would go unanswered.

OR&W is hoping to move forward and get everything in place by Jan. 1.

“I do want to thank the residents, obviously in Mead Township for the passage of our levy. Literally, that secures the future of our department,” said Lenz, who was on the edge of his seat while waiting for the results from the election. “We have a lot of work to do and we have a short time to do it, but we are going to get everything in place as quickly as we possibly can.”

In the weeks to come, Lenz said he is going to talk to Cumberland Trail and see how it put everything into place. Cumberland Trail combined a city and township together and made one fire district.

“I would also like to thank the voters for passing the fire levy,” said Mayor Bob Newhart. “I would like to thank the fire department for 80 years of faithful service. May you guys continue and God bless you.”

In other news, anybody wanting to run for elected office in the village must submit an application by Feb. 8, 2013.

Christmas lights will be up by Tuesday. The street department picked up a lot of political signs from around the village and they are currently leaning against the community building if candidates wish to come and get them. New stop signs have also been installed.

The Shadyside Christmas parade will be Dec. 2 at 2 p.m with lineup set for 1 p.m.

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