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Hubbard seeks funding options for radios

HUBBARD — City officials are looking at ways to get funds and grants for radios for firefighters and police and will be contacting Hubbard Township officials to help seek the funds.

Sought are Multi-Agency Radio Communication System (MARCS) radios.

Councilman-at-Large Michael Kerr told officials at Monday’s council meeting that he spoke to officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency on available grants but learned most went to COVID-related expenses.

“I asked them if the money could be used for the radios and was told yes it would be permitted. The problem is the grant money with EMA goes very quickly. We would have a better chance of getting funds if we seek jointly with Hubbard Township. You see the grants available one day and then they disappear the next day. They next time a grant becomes available we can’t wait,” Kerr said.

He said the city and township need the encrypted radios for the fire district.

Kerr said he will look at alternate resources with FEMA.

He said Hubbard was not part of the larger joint grant application among several area fire departments to seek funds for these radios for firefighters.

Kerr said there was a recent $21 million EMA grant he inquired about — but within a week it was no longer available.

“Many Trumbull County fire departments were part of the grant for MARCS radios, which we did not participate in. We are looking for MARCS radios to help police and fire. We will see if Hubbard Township will want to be part of this and work together with us,” he said.

Kerr, who is a retired firefighter after 25 years, said he is aware of the competition for grants.

In other business, 1st Ward Councilwoman Bonnie Viele said playground equipment has arrived and will soon begin being set up at Mattinat Park and should be completed in a few weeks.

She said Williams Recreation and Construction is the contractor for the installation.

Viele said the playgrounds and basketball courts remain open following safety guidelines.

She said the park and recreation board meets Aug. 20 and will be soliciting bids for parking lot paving at Waugh and Mattinat parks.

Park board members Dennis Penner and Ray Wright are taking inventory of all equipment belonging to the parks.

In other action, council:

• Heard from Safety Director Lou Carsone that an $8,000 sewer line replacement project at the police department was completed and only tiles need to be installed;

• Heard from Service Director Dan Livingston, who said work was done on a sanitary sewer line at the cemetery that had become clogged;

• Requested legislation be prepared for the Aug. 17 meeting to seek reimbursement for the storm-water fund for the Grandview Avenue culvert project.

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