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Equipment donated to Cortland police

CORTLAND — The Cortland police department has four new radios, two mobile data terminals and two equipment vaults, thanks to a nearly $15,000 sponsorship from Chevy All Stars and Lou Wollam Chevrolet.

Police Chief David Morris said the department will use the two additional MARCS radios to communicate with Trumbull County 911 and other law enforcement, while two VHF radios will allow officers to communicate with Lakeview Local Schools, which also uses that type of radio.

That data terminals likewise improve communications between police and both 911 and the school district, and the equipment vaults will go into cruisers to hold important emergency equipment, Morris said.

Tom Fye of Lou Wollam Chevrolet, who attended city council’s regular meeting Monday, said, “You gotta take care of home. If we keep this OK, then we’re OK.”

Morris said Chevy All Stars and Lou Wollam two years ago provided ballistics equipment for police in the case of an active shooter.

He said the department was thankful for the equipment.

“We’re always looking for businesses willing to partner with us to improve community safety and to improve our police response,” Morris said.

In other business, council finalized raising water and sewer rates for the first time since 2017.

The city will charge a minimum of $41.90 for the first 6,000 gallons of water, or $13.97 per month for the first 2,000 gallons of water per billing cycle and $5.65 for each additional 1,000 gallons used.

The 2017 rates set the minimum charge per month at $12.67 and the fee per additional 1,000 gallons at $5.

Sewer rates will start at $58.30 for the first 6,000 gallons used per quarter, or $19.43 per month for the first 2,000 gallons, and $7.05 for each additional 1,000 gallons after the minimum usage.

The rates set in 2017 were $16.37 per month and $5.85 for each additional 1,000 gallons.

City officials have said the reason for the increase is that the cost of everything is up, including chlorine, which is used in city tap water. Cortland also must contribute nearly $8 million to an Environmental Protection Agency-mandated upgrade to the water-treatment facility used by the city. The increased rates will help mitigate that cost.

City council also:

• Approved purchasing a HP801 Kawasaki zero-turn 60-inch mower from Bortnick Tractor Sales Inc. for $14,959;

• Approved a $11,574 contract with J.D. Striping and Services Inc. of Ravenna to restripe city streets. City Service Director Kimberly Blasco said that the last time the streets were striped was in 2017;

• Approved advertising for bids for the construction of restroom facilities at Willow Park. The project is expected to cost around $160,000;

• Approved the appointment of attorney Edward Smith to the Civil Service Commission;

• Created a special revenue fund for the OneOhio Opioid Settlement. Under the settlement, distributors are paying $890 million to the state over 18 years, a portion of which will go to the city of Cortland;

• Had a second reading for the purchase of the former Cortland Bank building at 194 W. Main St. from Farmers Bank for $850,000;

• Had a second reading to establish the position of special projects coordinator and hire Jeffrey Jiang at $15.30 per hour for a maximum of 30 hours per week starting Sept. 1;

• Set the next council meeting for 7 p.m. Sept. 6. Council normally meets the first Monday of the month, but in September, that is Labor Day.

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