Panel plans for fire fixes

Tiffin’s Recreation and Public Property committee agreed to bring legislation to city council that would appropriate $40,000 from the General Fund for repairs on several Tiffin Fire Rescue Division vehicles.

Fire department chief Kevin Veletean said issues with the vehicles were discovered during routine maintenance.

Committee Chair Joe Hartzel said Fire Engine No. 2, which is a 2005 model, needs the most work. Estimates for replacements and repairs for Engine No. 2 were about $34,426.

Veletean submitted a list detailing needed repairs.

“When I got the report back, my jaw hit the floor,” he said. 

Veletean said replacements needed to be made immediately to maintain a high level of safety for department personnel and for city residents.

Councilman Steve Lepard agreed.

“Work needs to be done, not only to protect residents of the city but to protect the people driving it and other motorists,” he said.

Veletean said the engine still is in service, but because the radiator is leaking, extra coolant always is kept on board.

“It’s limping gingerly as a reserve truck,” he said.

Veletean said Engine No. 3, typically the reserve truck, was moved up for regular use. 

He also requested repairs and replacements on two other vehicles, bringing the total request to $40,000.

The committee voted 3-0 for Law Director Brent Howard to craft emergency legislation that council can consider Monday.

Hartzel urged council members to approve the legislation because the vehicle is an “essential part of the city’s emergency services equipment and safety equipment.”

In other business, the committee agreed to bring legislation to council that would front $2,062.49 in repairs at the city Bark Park.

Hartzel said a lightning strike damaged the park’s gate access control system Sept. 4.

He said the gate is functioning, but the system needs a full replacement.

Hartzel said private donations will fund $1,000, with the rest of the cost being covered by insurance. He said the city would need to front the money, but would be paid back.

City Councilwoman Dawn Iannantuono said that in the long-term, approval will not cost the city.

“We’re just moving funds around until they reimburse us,” she said.

The first reading of the legislation is expected to be heard by council Monday.