N. Baltimore receives $135,000 FEMA grant
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 11:53
NORTH BALTIMORE - The fire department will use a $135,000 federal grant to buy new air masks for its volunteers.
Chief Ted Francisco announced at Tuesday's village council meeting that his department received a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
This is the third time his department has applied for the Assistance to Firefighters grant.
He applied for $142,150 and FEMA awarded the village $135,043. The village will pay the difference of $7,107, or about 5 percent of the total asked for.
That amount will purchase 17 air masks.
"Seventeen will be enough for all trucks," Francisco stated. "Everyone will have their own air pieces."
Councilman Aaron Patterson suggested the village's share, plus the $3,000 it cost to write the grant, comes out of the village's carryover balance.
That balance is about $800,000, according to village Administrator Kathy Healy.
Francisco said he also has applied for a second FEMA grant, this one to purchase a grass truck.
A grass truck had initially been included in the village's property tax request that passed in November, but was later removed from consideration. Had it been on the levy, it would have added $140,000 to the request.
Also at the meeting, Mayor Mike Julien again voiced his impatience with Time Warner Cable, one of three telecommunications companies the village does business with.
This month, the village has paid Time Warner $686.96 for phone and internet connection for two locations. But Julien maintains the company is charging more per line that what the contract stipulates. The agreement stipulates the village pay Time Warner $25 per line per month, but is actually being charged $40 per line per month, he said.
"I asked for (reimbursement) retroactive," said Julien,
His phone calls to the company have been unreturned, he added.
He said he has considered contacting the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to lodge a complaint.
Council will further discuss this issue at its committee of the whole meeting in March.
Healy reported that Bakery Feeds wants to put it a rail spur at its location on Quarry Road, east of the village. The question of who will maintain the spur as well as the roadway was questioned.
Healy said she'd bring more information, plus a drawing of the proposed work, to council.
Council also gave first reading to a contract with Henry Township to provide fire services through Dec. 31, 2015.
The agreement goes back years and has the village fire department answering fire calls in the township, which is about 36 square miles.
The township has offered to pay 28 percent each of capital improvements, bond relief and equipment costs.
Healy did not have an estimate on how much the village could receive each year.