New Knoxville Council learns of fire department needs


By Sandy Rose Schwieterman - For the Sidney Daily News



NEW KNOXVILLE – The need for new fire equipment was the main topic at the New Knoxville Village council meeting Wednesday night.

Fire Chief Jerry Merges told the council that within five years, equipment would need to be replaced. He also said the all-volunteer department needed to increase their numbers of firemen and EMT’s.

In regards to equipment, Merger said the 20 Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) were 15 years old and so reaching the end of their useful life. The original equipment cost $115,000 and was paid for with a grant. In addition, the 1995 fire truck was near the end of his useful life.

The fire chief also said they department was in need of more fire fighters and EMT’s. In order to prompt interest in volunteering, they plan to hold an open house Sunday, Oct. 14.

Duane Steinecker, chair of the water department committee, reported it was possible that the village may have to repair or replace a pump at the water plant. He said that while the water tower was being replaced, some deficiencies were found in the pump. As a result, the pump was pulled and Moody’s of Dayton were inspecting it.

Carolyn Bock, chair of streets and sidewalks committee, received council approval to replace the decorative fence by the downtown parking lot.

Rex Katterheinrich, village administrator, reported work continues on the Estates at Northfield housing development with the underground utilities completely installed and preparation beginning for the streets. He said the developer was eager to get the 17 available lots ready for sale, once he received approval from the village.

In other action, council approved a first reading of an ordinance to annex 0.033 acres of Starr Wicker property next to the village park.

The next council meeting is set for Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7 pm.

By Sandy Rose Schwieterman

For the Sidney Daily News

The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.

The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.