Rich Zmuda was appointed to the post during tonight’s city council meeting. Prior to voting on the move Councilman Rhett Kennedy, who oversees the fire department, explained that the position has always been on the books, but hasn’t been filled since 1994.
Kennedy said utilizing the position again will improve management of the fire department, although he said there's nothing wrong with the current management. He added that it will make the department even better.
In other fire department matters, council approved an $11,270 payment to Witmer Public Safety Group for a thermal imaging camera and a $2,352 payment to Churchville Fire Equipment Corp. for fire hose and couplings. Fire Chief Chris Angell pointed out that the money for the purchases is part of a state grant.
Also, council authorized a change order with Bob Cummins Construction for the Congress Street Streetscape Improvement Project.
During construction, a water collection issue was discovered on the east side of Congress. The project engineer and OECD authorized Cummins to install 235 feet of drainage pipe to a new inlet so the water would into the new stormwater collection system.
The change order increases the contractor amount from $314,358 to $317,958, a difference of $3,600.
Council also authorized a special events waiver for Festa Italiana, being held August 7 to 9. The waiver allows for people to drink alcoholic beverages in plastic containers outside on Festival Way (and the adjacent beer/entertainment tent). Council also OK’d free parking in the downtown business district during the festival, starting at noon on August 7. As always when free parking is granted, council asks that merchants and their employees refrain from parking spaces so shoppers can use them.