LAKEMORE  Mayor Rick Justice swore Brett Reinbolt in as the village's new full-time fire chief during the Sept. 19 council meeting.

Fellow firefighters, friends and family were in attendance attended to congratulate Reinbolt.

Shawn Parsell was also promoted to assistant chief and Joseph Dies was promoted to captain.

Justice thanked the firefighters for their service to the community, adding that emergency medical service is what recently saved his life after he suffered a heart attack.

He also thanked the community for their thoughts, prayers and cards as well as Springfield 8th-grade classes for their letters of encouragement.

"I read them over and over and will keep them at my office to read again," he said.

Village projects

- Justice said the village has awarded the bid to paint the water tower and it came in under what was budgeted. The cost is $217,000 and that is for painting inside and outside and for some maintenance. The plan is to paint the tower red and gray with a Spartan head facing south toward the high school.

Justice announced that some roads have also been paved.

"We spent as much as we could," he said. "We will look at doing more roads when we can."

- The waterline work on Sanitarium Road was bid under budget.

- Justice also said the village in the last stages for approval to be released from fiscal emergency.

- The second water tower has been cleaned and Edwin Shaw is slated to be torn down. A remembrance ceremony is in the works with more information to come.

Approved legislation

- A sesolution authorizing the mayor to apply for funding for Second Street Storm Sewer Project through various funding sources and to execute contracts.  The funds would be for 2017 and matching funds will be expended from the Storm Sewer Utility Fund.

- Ordinance amending previous ordinances to make appropriations for current expenses and other expenditures of for the village.

- Emergency ordinance establishing maximum rates of pay for employees of the Lakemore Fire Department and creating the salary for assistant fire chief.

- A resolution authorizing the fire chief and mayor to accept the resignations of Matthew Young and Rob Ward as members of the Lakemore Fire Department.

- A Resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into a contract with Summacare for employee health insurance coverage from Nov. 1 through Oct. 31, 2017.

Announcements

- Anyone wanting to join the Volunteer Auxiliary Springfield Police (VASP) should call the police department or stop in for information.

- Donations of Halloween candy for the children's costume party are being accepted at the Municipal Building during business hours.

- Oct. 11: Free Art Classes begin for children of all ages will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building.

- Oct. 15: Swiss steak dinner at Lakemore United Methodist Church.

- Oct. 23: Volunteers needed to work on fixing up the parks in the village at 1 p.m., rain or shine.

- Oct. 29: Fireman's Pancake Breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon. A Children's Halloween Party will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.; bring your pets in costume too. Trick or Treat will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Donations of candy for the party will be accepted at the Municipal Building during business hours.

The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Oct. 3 at the Municipal Building.