By Beverly Keller
Members of Baltic Council gathered around a new table with matching chairs thanks to the generosity of Baltic State Bank last week. “This is a very nice gesture,” noted Mayor Lana Guisinger. “We are very appreciative of this donation from Baltic State Bank that, while used, is still a huge improvement over our previous tables that were pieced together along with odd chairs.”
The group heard from Garry Stein of Baltic Fire and Rescue. He noted that since October 1, there had been 20 EMS calls and 8 fire calls as of the previous Sunday. “It’s been busy,” Stein said.
It was noted that there are two members of the department who are taking part in a fire class at East Holmes and are approximately 50 percent complete.
Stein explained that both units 910 and 911 are in service. Both are ambulance units. “We are rotating what unit is the first out,” he said.
Mayor Guisinger appointed Ryan Springer as a member of Baltic Fire and Rescue. Springer currently works with Dalton as well as Sugarcreek Fire Departments. He is willing to staff as a Day Car operator for Baltic approximately one or two days each week. He is a cross-trained firefighter and EMT. Stein explained that Springer also holds a host of other certifications that make him a valuable addition to Baltic’s manpower roster.
In a related matter, Stein noted that the Fire Department purchased a set of four new tires for the Ford Explorer.
Mayor Guisinger praised the work of Stein and the department in the transition of services from Swiss Valley to Baltic Fire and Rescue. It was noted the final meeting of Swiss Valley Joint Ambulance District is set for December 12 at 6 p.m. at Baltic Village Hall.
Stein noted work will be completed prior to Christmas in Baltic on December 15 on renovations inside the Baltic Fire Station to complement work inside the squad room.
In other action, council:
APPROVED payment of bills totaling $55,955.69 which included a settlement agreement and dispersal of funds.
HEARD a request from the Board of Public Affairs to increase the wages of Matt Miller to $18 per hour. He currently makes $16.80 per hour. It was noted that Wayne Regula had submitted a letter of resignation as he took a new job. However, he has been helping out one day per week. Miller is currently working to acquire his wastewater license while working full time. Council questioned the financial impact of raising the base wage as Miller earns substantial overtime. No action was taken.
APPROVED the recommendation of the Finance Committee, chaired by Robert Miller, to reallocate funds collected by a tax levy within the General Fund, Streets and Debt Retirement.