Townships to be in contact over fire, EMS service

CHAMPION — Township officials soon will be in contact with neighboring Southington officials about setting up a meeting to discuss fire and emergency medical services between the two townships.

Trustee Chairman Keith Bowser said Monday the fire and ambulance runs are up this year for Champion Fire Department, which makes runs into Southington, Bristol and Warren townships.

”We want to meet with them to work out some type of service agreement on what we will provide to them,” he said.

Fire Chief John Hickey said he spoke with Southington Trustee Dan Tietz to see about shared services and costs. Southington has volunteers at the station and at times needs assistance to cover calls.

In another matter, Hickey said he will be in contact with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the former and abandoned General Refractories plant off Folsom Street where there have been concerns with items laying in open canisters, siding being off buildings, and junk and debris on property.

Hickey said the Ohio EPA did testing on the site three years ago but found no environmental concerns. Hickey has met with representatives of the Trumbull County Health Board about the need to get the property cleaned up.

In other business, trustees:

•  Heard from Police Chief Chris Redick there have been several car break-ins on State Road and nearby areas with most vehicles left unlocked or keys being left in vehicles. He advised residents to lock vehicle doors and not leave keys inside;

• Heard from Road Supervisor Chris Connelly who has met with Trumbull County Engineer’s Office about the Allison Road sewer project set for January. He said Issue 1 funds are also being sought for road improvements on Calla and Earl avenues;

• Heard from Hickey that 9-volt batteries are available to residents at the fire department. Those needing assistance installing smoke detectors can call the station at 330-847-0311;

• Approved updates to cemetery rules and regulations, including markers and headstones are to be made of granite or bronze. Not permitted are limestone, sandstone, marble, concrete or soapstone markers;

• Reminded township employees to let Fiscal Officer Peggy Mercer know of any changes in health care by Dec. 1.