ONLINE EXCLUSIVE - Insurance to pay for fire department mishap

Aaron Krause • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:54 PM

MONROEVILLE - Village council decided Tuesday the fire department's insurance company will have to pay for an accidental water line break that occurred during work performed by the department two weeks ago.

Council members initially disagreed as to whether the village should waive the cost and pay for the repairs or the insurance company should fork over the roughly $3,000. The accident occurred during a training exercise, and was a first-time occurrence, clerk/treasurer Bonnie Beck said.

Council member Joe Gravenhorst bristled at the suggestion the village should pay, since the fire department is a big help to the village.

"How can you give away $3,000?" he asked rhetorically.

Members of the council's utilities committee than recommended the cost should be the fire department insurance company's responsibility. The vote to uphold the committee's recommendation was 4 to 2, with council member Don Wangler and Jason Kamann voting no.

In other action, village administrator Josh Eggleston said he will seek more information about school board member Steve Reer's request to erect state championship signs in the village.

Council members requested more information, including the size of the signs and the specifics about maintenance.

In other business:

Council voted unanimously to set trick or treat from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 28, with a 3 p.m. parade following.

Council members voted unanimously to give The Sandusky Church of God permission to hold an outdoor service from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday in Commons Park. The Rev. Nancy Martin, who attended the meeting, said the service is open to the public.

Council member Bob Simon reported fire prevention awareness week has been moved from the second to the third week in October, since students will be off some days during the second week.

Council voted unanimously to authorize Eggleston to apply for a state grant to cover the Hilltop Court Waterline Loop Project.

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