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Updates to township fire department focus of trustee meeting

December 1, 2011
By Kathleen Palumbo
Boardman Township fire department will benefit from the purchase of a thermal imaging camera and charging system from Warren Fire Equipment and a Paratech lift bag set from Finley Fire Equipment. Trustees approved the purchases at its recently held meeting, based on the recommendation of fire Chief George Brown.

The camera, which comes at a cost of $8,865, will replace one of the department's three outdated cameras, and lift bag set at $6,820, will assist in the emergency lifting of vehicles in instances such as motor vehicle accidents, Brown told trustees.

The fire chief also announced a donation by the Boardman Kiwanis of 60 smoke detectors for use in a program wherein the fire department will attempt to meet the goal of “no child in Boardman goes without a smoke detector.”

According to Brown, the program will begin at Market Street Elementary School, where school Principal James Stitt will assist in determining which, if any, of the students’ homes are without, and the fire department will distribute the first smoke detectors, and also help with installation if necessary.

Brown shared that the department hopes other area service groups will join in the donation of detectors in an effort to keep the program going.

In other business:

• Road Superintendent Larry Wilson announced the completion of the 2011 fall leaf collection program, sharing that just under 16,000 bags were collected as part of the program. It was also noted that for next year’s program, the township plans to update the website in regards to the leaf program schedule information in an effort to make it more user-friendly.

• According to Zoning Inspector Anna Mamone, with the exception of the residence, demolition on the grounds of the former Inglis Greenhouse is complete. The property had remained on the nuisance property list for some time, and now, “It’s a blank slate,” said Mamone.

• Trustees will meet next at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19 at the Township Government Center.



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