Another promotion has taken center stage at the Austintown Township meeting when Jon Racco received the promotion to part time station captain at Fire Station 3 on Raccoon Road on Feb. 24.
Racco served at Station 3 as a part time lieutenant working with part time chief Keith Rosser. Last month Rosser was among the small group of firefighter/EMTs that were promoted to full time to serve on the township's new Lane's ambulance. The new full time ambulance crew are paid for by Lanes and allowed the department to bring on more full time people.
''With Capt. Rosser going full time at Station 1, it left an opening at Station 3 for a new captain,'' said fire chief Andy Frost.
Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Austintown Fiscal Officer Laura Wolfe gives the oath of office to Jon Racco who was promoted to station captain at the Feb. 24 township meeting.
According to trustee Jim Davis, the obvious candidate to fill the part time captain's position was Rosser. He currently serves as a full time firefighter with the Youngstown Fire Department and has been an Austintown part time firefighter as well.
''He truly cares about this township,'' Davis said.
Chief Frost made everything official by pinning Rosser's captain's badge on his uniform.
Although Racco was the only promotion trustees approved at the meeting, trustees were informed there would be more to come. According to Police Chief Bob Gavalier, several more may be on the agenda of the next meeting.
''We have five candidates complete their preliminary testing for our reserve program,'' Gavalier said. ''We would like to swear them in at the next meeting.''
In other business trustees:
* Approved 3956 Lake Road as a nuisance property because of a large amount of junk and debris, including tires, stored in an exposed manor throughout the yard and atop a flatbed trailer.
* Approved increasing the temporary appropriations in the gas tax fund from $50,000 to $80,000.
* Moved to appoint Lisa Oles and Ken Carano as candidates to the Mahoning County Tax Incentive Review Council and authorizing them to attend the annual meeting March 24. ''We will be watching closely at businesses that ask for tax abatements,'' Oles said. ''We want to make sure they follow the rules.''
Township Administrator Mike Dockry reported on the pot hole situation.
''We have four trucks out filling in pot holes,'' he said. ''I'm just not sure we are winning that battle.''