Waynesburg FD pumper is ready to go, says fire chief

By MIKE Mundy The Press-News Published:

WAYNESBURG -- Fire department news dominated the Feb. 11 meeting of viullage council.

Fire Chief Jim Marraccini discussed three items with council. First, he proudly noted that 10 months after being ordered the new 2012 tanker is finally ready.

Second, he reported an engine pump was replaced and two air packs were being sent back for work. The packs are the department's newest but are eight years old.

Finally, he discussed at length heating problems with multiple fire station bays that could result in pumps freezing. Marraccini explained the old furnace in the south bay has problems and there is no heat in the east bay. After discussion, plans were made to check on furnace repair and installation of overhead heaters. Because the furnace is old, repair may not be practical.

Marraccini had a special thanks to Bill DiMinno for saving the department hundreds of dollars. For a minimum cost of $300, DiMinno installed cameras on the truck and this would have cost much more if done by the company.

Next, a brief executive session was held to discuss fire department personnel but no action was taken.

Police Chief William Bath gave his regular report and also noted the rope for the flag needs repaired. Councilman Larry Hawkins volunteered to bring in a crane on Tuesday and install a new rope. The chief reported that he got a set of new tires for the 2006 cruiser. He used $200 raised from the blood drive and "$258 and change" were donated by an auxiliary officer.

In announcements, clerk Cathy Wiseburn reported the village received a check for $980 from American Electric Power for changing their street lights over to LEDs. She also reported there is no sign of the village getting any casino money as the schools have. She also said gas cards would be ready soon for all village employees at Marathon.

Council discussed at some length having representation on the Sandy Valley Community Park Board but took no action.

They also discussed preparing to sign a new cemetary contract in April. Some changes in procedure will likely be made in the new contract.

Mayor Ken Flesher reported Mayor's Court for January brought in $1,540 with $320 going to the state and $1,220 to the general fund.

Bills were paid totaling $24,749.09.

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