Village Fire Chief Gregg Young asked Mount Gilead Village Council for a request from the capital fund to pay its portion of a Safety Intervention Grant.
Council voted unanimously Monday night to move $7,531.50 (the village’s 25 percent share of the overall grant) to purchase several items.
“We are getting all new nozzles (more than 20), a rescue stair chair that we need and a set of rescue air bags for lifting,” Young said.
Young said the items are helpful when responding to calls and working with local paramedic squads.
In other business:
• Village Administrator Dan Rogers talked about last week’s water main break on East Union Street.
“We got the line shut down,” he said. “These lines have been in the ground for decades.”
Crews replaced a nine-foot section of pipe and the village worked to alert residents about the boil advisory that went into effect shortly after the break was discovered. Council members saw a photograph of the broken line.
Rogers added that the village is working to improve its communication process with residents in the event of incidents like the one last Thursday. The village went door to door with hand-delivered letters advising them of the boil alert.
“We are working with the media on better ways to get the word out,” he said.
Rogers said there have been three water leaks recently, with last week’s the most severe.
• Porter confirmed that a Taco Bell restaurant is coming and will locate across from Kroger.
• Rogers also answered a resident’s question about the former HPM Corp. manufacturing site.
“We are constantly trying to find people to go in there. There are people involved with developers looking to find tenants,” Rogers said. “They are actively trying to fill it.”
• Austin Hallabrin and Olivia Brewer were recognized for their state track performances this spring. Hallabrin was unable to attend due to school, but Brewer was present, along with her parents, Rod and Lisa Brewer, and her sister, Jessica. Mayor Mike Porter presented Brewer with a certificate of achievement for her third place finish in the girls 100 meters in the Division III state meet.
Brewer graduated from Mount Gilead High School and will attend Ohio University in the fall where she will major in nursing and run track. She was a four-time state track qualifier.
Hallabrin won the boys 800 meter run.
• Fort Gilead playground equipment has been installed. The next step is to put down mulch, hopefully next week, along with fencing. The mulching has been delayed due to the wet weather.
Reach Conchel at 419-946-3010, extension 1806.