University Heights City Council Meeting 9-16-2013

SEPTEMBER 16, 2013

  • University Heights Fire Department
  • Ambulance cots
  • Asian carp
  • Police equipment
  • Water mains

All council members were present.

University Heights Fire Department

Dave Hollo, treasurer of Firefighters Local #974, reported that the fire department successfully extinguished a house fire at 3901 Silsby Road. Nobody was injured but the house has significant damage.

He also reported the fire department’s continued commitment to the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s (MDA) annual “Fill the Boot” campaign over Labor Day. [The department has] raised $4,676 thus far and will deliver the funds shortly to the local MDA. Donations can be made year round. This [past] summer, two firefighters volunteered at the local MDA camp.

Training has occurred over the past few months, primarily on city-owned properties including the former Fuchs Mizrachi school. The hands-on training has been very helpful, and is part of a larger commitment to ongoing training for the department.

Ambulance cots

Council authorized the purchase of a second Stryker Cot Model 6506. Council had previously approved the purchase of a special load system (including a cot), which automatically loads and locks the cot into the new ambulance, paid for primarily by a grant from the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to reduce work-related injuries to EMTs and firefighters. The Bureau increased the grant funding so that the city could buy a second cot. The city will receive $56,000 worth of equipment at a final cost to it of $17,000 to $18,000. The new ambulance will arrive in January. The cots will arrive sooner and can be used in the current ambulances.

Asian carp

Council authorized a resolution to be sent to the city’s representatives in Columbus and Washington urging them to seek and approve ways to keep the Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

Police equipment

The city’s police department has received $65,000 as a portion of the funds collected by the state through criminal seizures. These funds are to be used for police equipment and training needs. Police Chief Steven Hammett would like use some of these funds to buy a voice stress analyzer (a version of a polygraph) and a surveillance tool, for a total cost of $6,500, which includes training for the voice stress analyzer. Currently the department borrows these items from neighboring departments, but the items are not always available when needed.

Water mains

The Fernwood Road water main replacement is complete and the pavement is being finished. The water main replacement on Channing Road is almost complete to Meadowbrook Road.

LWV Observer: Wendy Deuring.

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