Barnesville buying emergency vehicle

BARNESVILLE-Barnesville Fire Department’s Emergency Squad was a main topic of discussion at the village council meeting Monday night.

Council members voted to pay for a new E-squad vehicle outright from the squad fund rather than take out a bank loan to extend payments. The cost will be $132,000.

Councilman Brad Hudson also brought up a recent decision made at a work session to include on-call shifts when calculating the uniform allowance, “Barnesville Gold” rewards and bonuses at the end of the year.

“We want to give people credit as we talked about,” said Hudson. “We want to make it right.”

Members agreed, and Village Solicitor Marlin Harper will draw up an amending ordinance, stating that squad members who work at least three eight-hour work or on-call shifts per month will be eligible for the allowances and bonuses.

The squad and village fiscal office are still ironing out the new EMS billing process. The software and network system was implemented at the end of 2012.

Chief Robert Smith noted that the fire department ladder truck is currently inoperable because of a transmitter and receiver unit that has stopped working. Council approved purchasing the replacement unit which will cost just over $4,800 and take 30 days to arrive.

Police Chief Dave Norris got approval from council to send Officer Jason Carpenter to firearms training over the next three years at a cost of $2,400. He will earn certification as an Ohio Peace Officer in order to train Barnesville police officers in the use of specific firearms. Norris said that the State of Ohio requires the training for the department to handle the weapons. He noted that trainings through the State could cost as much as $1,000.

The Memorial Park board is gearing up for a busy 2013. The Hearts and Service Church Easter egg hunt is scheduled for March 23, and the annual fireworks display will be held Saturday, July 6 during the Beast of the East tournament weekend. The board received notification that the Operational Engineers have accepted their project request to install a drainage system for the ball fields.

The recent Sixpence None the Richer concert at the park drew more than 100 people, and more concerts are in the planning stages for this year.

Those looking for summer jobs should watch for ads coming soon about seasonal positions at the park.

Council passed Resolution 3598 authorizing Poggemeyer Design Group to submit an application for a Local Government Innovation Fund grant to be used for a feasibility study on a community recreation center. The Village of Barnesville will be the lead partner on the application, and the study will be done in a cooperative agreement, also approved by council, with Barnesville school district, Barnesville Hospital and Warren Township.

Members approved another lease agreement with Antero Energy for the remaining village-owned land, 85.6805 acres. The agreement will add $488,378.85 to the Village coffers according to Roger Deal, village administrator. Additionally, the Village administration says that property owners in Barnesville may attend any of the ongoing lease signing sessions, regardless of last name initials.

Councilman Tony Johnson noted that the new LED street lights are not only saving energy and money, but are attractive on the streets as well. The town is planning on installing more of the LED lights.

Deal reminded Barnesville families that winter decorations and grave blankets should be removed from graves before March 15. Maintenance crews will be cleaning the cemeteries after that date.

Barnesville village council meets every other Monday at 7 p.m.

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