The Village of Gratis Council met Thursday, Feb. 20 to discuss various topics, including a study of the Gratis Fire and EMS.
Council heard from William Kramer regarding the Fire and EMS study.
“What I’m trying to do is get all of the facts and figures, interview as many people as I can, take a look at all the data, review the equipment, look at the run sheets, talk to as many members of the Fire Department, EMS Squad, former and current members, and put all that together and come up with a report. My focus isn’t on the agencies, a lot of my interviews indicated that people want to point fingers at one another. I think what we need to do is not so much pointing at one another, but looking out to the community and saying ‘what’s best for our community out there and how can we best all work together for that?’ That’s going to be our future endeavor,” said Kramer.
“I love coming to Gratis, it’s a great community and you should be proud of what you have here.”
Village Council also heard from Jeff King, who was also selected as police chief during the meeting. King introduced auxiliary police candidate, Bobbie Selman. Selman, a Wright State graduate, was chosen as the new auxiliary police officer.
“I love working with kids, I love working with adults all around. I actually just put on a pickleball tournament for 50 [years old] and older today. That’s probably my favorite thing to do is go out, connect with the community and the kids and help everybody succeed and get something out of it,” Selman said.
A member of the audience, Doug Farquar, spoke regarding his concerns of the number of semi-trucks that travel down Franklin Street where he resides. The trucks are believed to be in connection with the Dollar General. Farquar said the trucks are driving in his yard, leaving tire tracks and uprooted grass, while the trucks are attempting to enter the store’s parking lot through the back entrance. He said Dollar General has “yet to do anything to my yard, or give me any indication that they’re even going to do anything. I sent them pictures of the 725 sign (that reads ‘no trucks’) but I have not sent them one of the one by the post office. But, it doesn’t matter, they’re going to do what they want to do. Can we block the back entrance?”
Council discussed different means by which to put an end to the truck traffic where it is prohibited. Ways to end the traffic are yet to be determined.
In other business, it was announced the new office hours for the Village of Gratis will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.