Eaton Fire Chief reports on activities

By Kelsey Kimbler -

EATON — In May, the City of Eaton Fire and EMS Division had a combined response of 207 calls, including only two heroin overdose responses, which is on par for the year thus far.

Chief Brian Smith presented his report during the council meeting on Monday, June 18.

In May, there were 149 EMS responses, including 15 second medic responses and 58 fire/rescue responses, including two general alarms. Eaton received mutual aid one time and provided mutual aid four times.

Mayor Gary Wagner presented Pastor Dan Denlinger, Pastor Jonathan Grubbs, and those with both Eaton First Church of God and the Eaton Church of the Brethren with a proclamation of thanks for the Impact Day held on May 20.

Council adopted the 2018 Tax Budget, agreeing to submit it to the auditor of Preble County. The tax budget included projected figures for the rest of 2018 and 2019, but according to Financial Director Stephanie Hurd, those numbers are not used for budgeting for 2019, as they are approved too far in advanced to know accurate totals.

The city does not yet know the beginning cash balance for 2019, so they cannot project what the ending balance will be. Simply, it is a requirement of Ohio Revised Code that they have these numbers, even though they are not utilized for budgeting purposes.

Council approved a resolution declaring it necessary to renew the levying of a tax in excess of the ten-mill limitation for Mound Hill Cemetery, at a rate not exceeding eight-tenths of a mill for each one dollar valuation, which amounts to eight cents for each one-hundred dollars of valuation, for five years commencing in 2018, first due in calendar year 2019.

Council authorized the execution of an addendum to the fuel contract with Beoddy Oil Company for an extension of a one year term. The approved contract expires on Nov. 30, 2018, and council is able to renew for five additional one-year terms. Council approved the first of the five renewals during the council meeting.

Council also authorized the execution of an addendum to an agreement with Sink Incorporated for a one-year extension. Previously, council awarded a cash lease agreement to Sink and authorized the execution of a three-year contract. That contract expires on Dec. 31. Under terms of contract, the city may renew for five additional one year terms upon the execution of an addendum to the contract. They approved an additional one year term, the first of five one-year terms per the original contract.

The Eaton City Council will hold its next meeting on Monday, July 16, at 6 p.m. in the City Building.

By Kelsey Kimbler

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

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