Mount Vernon City Hall

MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon fire chief is shooting for Oct. 1 as the date the College Township substation in Gambier will be fully operational.

Chief Chad Christopher told Mount Vernon City Council on Monday that recruitment of new personnel is going well. Two part-timers started on Monday, bringing the department total to 14.

Two more will soon join the department. Christopher previously said that he would like to have 18.

“I'm excited where we are,” he told council.

The new recruits will work five 12-hour shifts while in training, and then move to 24-hour shifts.

Since MVFD took over the Gambier station in June, the station has had 38 calls. Seventeen were canceled en route, 18 were EMS and three fire. Christopher said that most of the canceled calls were alarms handled by Kenyon College campus security.

The substation continues to undergo renovation to include housing. Other expenses thus far include:

•Fingerprinting $400

•Air bottles $520

•Graphics $1,400 (vehicle renumbering and shirt logos)

•Training $5,025

•Pump/ladder testing $367

The MVFD purchased former Fire Chief Bill Smith's car for $24,000, saving about $15,000 from what Christopher budgeted.

Regarding the Kenyon student program, Christopher said that one interned with the MVFD and helped with hose testing. Five students are currently in the program. Two are certified Firefighter/EMTs; the other three are Firefighter 1s and starting EMT school on Aug. 25.

Christopher said that run times to the Gambier area are averaging 10 minutes 23 seconds. He said that discounting the 60-90 seconds it takes to get out the door, the runs are in the 8-minute time frame.

Police Chief Robert Morgan presented a few numbers on traffic stops in the North Sandusky and Edgewood Road areas.

In the last 30 days, the police department issued 123 citations in those areas for speed, driving under suspension, trucks off state route, and people driving around road closed signs. The citations also included a few accidents.

In its legislative session, council took the following actions:

•Appointed Marilyn Hickman to the Shade Tree and Beautification Commission

•Approved supplemental appropriations and transfers

•Created two new funds: one for the ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) money, the other for College Township Fire/EMS money

•Adopted an ordinance allowing lateral transfers into the police department

•Gave a first reading to creating a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA). Council will hold a public hearing in City Hall on Sept. 13.

•Gave a first reading to legislation adopting a city strategic plan

•Gave a first reading to an ordinance creating a Planned Commercial Development District

•Heard an update from Jeff Gottke of the Area Development Foundation about the city-wide CRA

Council adjourned into executive session to discuss collective bargaining matters. Council took no action.

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