June 29, 2016

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ELECTION: Hills trustee says levy needed for fire safety

BRUNSWICK HILLS TWP. — Revenue from a renewal levy on the ballot next month would fund building a new fire station and could provide 24-hour fire coverage.

If approved, the 4-mill issue for fire and EMS service would continue to cost $106.31 a year per $100,000 of property valuation. The levy brings in $842,300 annually.

If renewed, the levy would run for another five years.

Township Trustee Michael Esber said the fire station isn’t “big enough to fit engines inside anymore, especially with the larger engines and ladders.

“It’d be nice to be able to put our service vehicles in a building,” Esber said.

“As you get more and more equipment, it gets harder and harder to store it all.”

Esber said the building is 40 or more years old.

The Fire Department is staffed seven days a week 6 a.m. to midnight. Overnight, staff members are on- call.

Esber said renewing the fire levy could mean staffing the department overnight as well.

The township could have put a replacement levy on the ballot instead of a renewal, but Esber said that would have cost residents more money than what they’re already paying.

“We know it’s hard for people to make it right now,” he said. “But we’re concerned with protecting our residents.”

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.