Cardington council acts on firefighter staffing

By Evelyn Long - The Sentinel

CARDINGTON — Meeting for the first time this new year, Cardington Village Council approved several issues on the 2021 agenda.

These include an ordinance establishing rules for providing notice of meetings and a resolution setting forth procedures with respect to the conduct of council.

John Nippert was named council president pro tem.

Also approved was a resolution establishing the number of firefighters to be employed and/or authorized to serve as members of the Cardington Fire Department for the calendar year of 2021. This includes the employment of a fire chief and an assistant fire chief on a part-time basis.

Also authorized was not more than 35 volunteer firefighting personnel to be paid for fire fighting duties as authorized by the annual village salary coordinator and the Cardington Volunteer Fire Department.

Established as the number of deputy marshals authorized within the police department for the calendar year 2021 includes one full-time officer to serve as village marshal/police chief and four additional full-time deputy marshals/patrolmen; one school resource office and six additional part time positions for help within the police department.

It is also authorized that the village will have an auxiliary force as authorized in a number not to exceed 15 officers.

In other business:

• Fiscal Officer Deb Fry gave an in depth report of the village’s finances. Council approved payment of bills totaling $200,136.28.

• The police report noted the department took a total of 54 calls for service in the month of December. Chief Wallace’s report noted the department handled 898 calls for service during 2020 which is a few more calls than those taken in 2019. The report noted the department escorted Santa during his visit to the village.

Also, Officer Colburn will be conducting a training class for the Department of Defensive tactics on Jan. 16.

• Accepting and confirming the mayor’s and police chief’s recommendation, and council approval, Megan L. Ewing was appointed to the position of part-time police officer for the village, effective Jan. 4.

• Prior to council’s meeting the semi-annual joint meeting was held with the Cardington Township trustees and the Glendale Cemetery Board when approval was given of the board’s budget of $287,065 for 2021. Glendale Board treasurer Vicki Ullom, reported this figure includes funding given for the repair of the Civil War monument in the cemetery.

Other board members are Scott Carsner, Jim Morris, representing village council and Doug Heacock, representing the township and township trustees Doug Heacok, Mike Patterson and Brandon Strain.

By Evelyn Long

The Sentinel