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Minibikes continue to cause concerns in Brookside

BROOKSIDE — Mayor Rich Kurner recently began receiving complaints again about a group of kids riding minibikes in the village.

During Monday’s meeting, Kurner announced to council that the “minibike kids are back.”

“I guess they buzzed around the neighborhood once or twice and we’ve got somebody on Cross Street that wants them prosecuted right now,” he said. “I don’t know if they’re a huge problem, I haven’t heard.”

Kurner said the resident told him they had photos to prove the incident; however, he said he would need to catch the individuals in the act. He believes the situation is “not as bad” as it was previously. Kurner said he is looking into the matter.

In June, numerous residents complained about a group of children under the age of 14 riding small, motorized bikes on the roads at high speeds, causing property damage in some cases. Letters were issued to the children’s homes, and village officials believed the situation was resolved. Kurner previously stated that if the problem continued, the children could be fined for breaking the village ordinance.

In other matters, Fire Chief Allan Ketzell III said the fire department received a dozen Stop the Bleed kits along with an Automated External Defibrillator kit through the Public Entity Pools of Ohio.

“Amber (Berry, fiscal officer and volunteer firefighter) applied for a grant and it came in. We will have training on this sometime for the fire department, council and street department on how to use it,” he said.

Following the meeting, Ketzell said the A.E.D. kit will be stationed inside the municipal building to allow for public access. The device can assist a person in cardiac arrest.

The Stop the Bleed kits will be provided to firefighters and village employees so that they can be used to help anyone in an emergency situation.

Ketzell also told council the fire department received a $16,153 interest free loan from the Department of Commerce Division of the State Fire Marshal for a gear washer and dryer. He said they have been the recipient of the loan twice before. This time around, the state insisted on a resolution being approved by council to accept the funds and that repayment would be made quarterly beginning Oct. 1.

Solicitor Richard Myser read the emergency resolution. A vote to suspend the rules and vote on the matter during the meeting was conducted, passing 5-1 with Councilman Paul West voting against suspending the three readings. The vote to pass the resolution was unanimous.

Additionally, Ketzell said the insurance adjuster came out to access the damages caused from leaks in the municipal building roof.

“He found there was a bunch of damage to the roof, damage to the air conditioner, damage to the chimney,” he said.

The estimated cost to repair the roof is $5,100. The village must only pay the deductible of $500.

Kurner said they must repair the roof in order to eventually sell the building and property once the village and fire department moves into its new facility. He estimated they will remain in the current building for at least another year while the new building is being constructed.

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