Eaton Fire Department installing MARCS radios


By Kelsey Kimbler - kkimbler@civitasmedia.com



EATON — Eaton City Council approved necessary administrative documents for the installment of the MARCS radio system during their meeting on Monday, April 17.

Last week, the City of Eaton Fire Division was rewarded the MARCS grant, along with other Preble County villages, with the intention of switching all departments over to the MARCS radio system, which the Sheriff’s Department is already working on. This is to improve communication between departments.

This brought Ordinance 17-02 in front of council. The ordinance is an annual appropriation for fiscal year 2017 and will adjust appropriations to reflect EFD’s new grant.

Resolution 17-21 had to be approved for the same reason. This resolution authorized the city manager to execute an agreement with P&R Communication for the purchase of radio equipment for the Eaton Fire Division through the FY MARCS Grant. This will install 10 mobile and six portable radios and accessories plus required user fees. The grant totals $49,661.10. Most of this ($45,821.10) will be used to purchase the radios, while $3,840 is to be used for the required user fees.

Eaton Fire Chief Brian Smith added, “We can reapply next year for additional portable radios.”

Council approved the second reading of Ordinance 17-04, a change of the zoning district classification of part out lot 138, located at 1005 East Main St. The application was submitted by John P. Grieshop, who intends to transform the existing house into a used auto and golf cart sales facility. This application will be turning the existing zoning from R-1B into a C2 commercial use.

Council approved the second reading of Ordinance 17-03 to amend Chapter 121.01(a) of the administrative code. This will change the regular meeting time of Eaton City Council from 7 p.m. on the third Monday of every month, to 6 p.m. on the third Monday of every Month. Special meetings of the council may be called by the mayor or by any two members of council. This ordinance will be effective in 30 days, which means the May meeting will still meet at 7 p.m., but the June council meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

Three resolutions pertaining to the 2017 CHIP Grant were acted upon. The first was Resolution 17-17, and it authorizes the city manager to apply for FY 2017 CHIP Grant. Resolution 17-18 authorized the city manager to execute a contract with the county for the CHIP Grant. Resolution 17-19 authorized the city manager to execute a contract for management of the program by Chris Wojno LLC. Request for Qualifications and Request for Proposals were advertised for this purpose and Wojno was thought to best meet the partnership’s needs.

In other business:

•Council approved Resolution 17-15, which allows for the transfer of certain general revenue funds to special revenue funds. The Director of Finance was authorized to transfer funds from the general fund to the following Special Revenue Funds: Public Safety Fund ($225,000), Recreation Fund ($16,250), and Fort St. Clair Fund ($16,250).

•Council approved Resolution 17-16 to authorize the city manager to enter into a contract for the annual rock salt bid. Morton Salt, Inc. had the lowest bid of $85.23 per ton.

•Council approved Resolution 17-20 for Nation Avenue Improvements.

•Council approved Resolution 17-22 to award the bid and authorize the city manager to enter into a contract for the purchase of a street sweeper.

•Council approved Resolution 17-23 to authorize the city manager to enter into a job creation tax credit agreement with Bullen Ultrasonics Inc.

The next Eaton City Council meeting will be on Monday, May 15, at 7 p.m. in the City Building.

By Kelsey Kimbler

kkimbler@civitasmedia.com

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH