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Green City Council approves grant applications

Brian Lisik
Suburbanite correspondent

GREEN  The Green Fire Department is hoping to replace three key pieces of safety equipment this year with federal Assistance to Firefighter grants.

Green City Council authorized the city to apply for three ATF grants Feb. 9 to purchase a heavy rescue vehicle, fire alarm systems, and battery powered extrication equipment.

Councilman At-large Clark DeVitis explained that the first grant is for an approximately $800,000 heavy rescue vehicle that would replace the Green Fire Department’s current vehicle from the early 1990s.

“This is a frontline vehicle (and) the ATF grant considers this to be an essential vehicle for an area our size,” DeVitis said.

He added that the ATF grant would fund 90 percent of the cost of the fire truck.

The second application is for the purchase of fire and carbon dioxide alarms in fire stations 1 and 2, for the safety of firefighters. These alarms are already installed in the recently constructed Fire Station 3, DeVitis said.

The third ATF grant application is for $50,000 worth of battery powered extraction equipment, more commonly known as “jaws of life,” DeVitis said.

The battery powered tools, he added, are safer for firefighters to use and allow them to reach victims more easily than older, hydraulic powered extraction equipment.

“This grant is also a 90/10 split,” DeVitis said.

In other actions, council:

• Amended a May 2020 resolution authorizing the city to enter into a contract with Burgess and Niple, Inc. to complete plans for professional engineering for the Massillon Road North Improvement project. At-large Councilman Dave France explained that this amendment does not change the contract monetarily, but is instead an update of the contract in order to meet Ohio Department of Transportation regulations.

•  Accepted the city planning and zoning commission’s approval of the replat of High Tower Estates.