Racine looking to implement fee for repeated false alarms

Staff Report

RACINE — Racine Village Council recently approved a second reading of an ordinance which will assess a fee for repeated false fire alarm calls.

Under the ordinance, which is expected to undergo a third and final reading at the November meeting, the first false alarm call is free, with calls two through five costing $50 each. After that, the sixth call and up will be a $100 fee. False alarm calls between midnight and 6 a.m. or on holidays will face double the fee amount.

In other business, Councilman Ian Wise reported that the fire department had received a FEMA Grant in the amount of $104,000. The department will actually receive a little over $98,000 as Wise explained $4,417 is required to go to an out of area consultant. With the funds, the department will be purchasing 12 breathing PACs, 12 spare air bottles and 30 masks. These are replacing equipment which was purchased in 1987.

Mayor Soctt Hill reported that the village did not recieve the Neighborhood Revitalization Grant which it had applied for. In addition, the status of the Department of Natural Resources Nature Works Grant is unknown as the state has been slow to award funds, Hill told council.

The start date for the recently approved sidewalk project is unknown, with the mayor keeping in contact with the Ohio Department of Transportation officials regarding the project.

Council held a lengthy discussion on allowing a code enforcement officer to carry a firearm and on the policy as well as a discussion on a copy of a sample trailer ordinance for revision of the current ordinance.

Council approved a resolution that the village would cooperate with Meigs County on the Hazardous Mitigation Plan.

Council approved a request from Fiscal Officer Janet Krider to use direct deposit for village employees.

Village resident Nancy Scarbrough approached council about using Star Mill Park for a free public music program on Thursday evenings. She advised that if the program is successful it would move to the American Legion Hall during colder weather. Council approved the request.

Trick-or-Treat will be held Oct. 25 from 6-7 p.m. with a party at the Fire Station to follow.

Information provided by Councilman Robert Beegle.

Staff Report