New Joint Fire District names board members

The Sardinia Village Council met for its first meeting of 2018 on Jan 8. During its meeting, because there were five candidates to fill three seats on council, an executive session was held to interview the candidates hoping to fill the seats.
Candidates included seated  council members  Art Hoovler, Seth Cooper and Tom Reifenberger while Tina Townes and Craig Clark, were new to apply.
Following the executive session Hoovler, Cooper and  Clark.
Sardinia Fire Chief Tommy Kirker presented a report from his department from information recently generated.
Statistics included, from the past year included:
• 14 building fires
• 38 motor vehicle injuries
• 21 motor vehicle accident with no injuries
• 11medical assisted EMS crew
The new proposed forming of a Fire District which would eliminate the Sardinia Fire Department recently held an organizational meeting.  The new fire district will not be official until after the May, 2018 election. It has to be approved by voters.
The new fire district is currently putting together a handbook and the board of the fire district will review the handbook.  At the organizational meeting, a board was appointed which includes president Janie Wills, vice president Nick Dailey and interim clerk is Rachel Tulley. The next fire district meeting is scheduled for Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. at the village fire house. The group will be working hard to get its ducks in a row to get the Joint Fire District on the May ballot to pass a levy to support it.
According to Karen Miller, fiscal officer, the fire department has received a MARCS Grant for $49,910 from the State of Ohio.  It give the department 3 stationary MARCS radio units, 11 portable radios and covers the user fees. ($20 each, paid quarterly to the state.)
The department is also in the process of applying for other grants as well.
Miller also said that an old 2007 Crown Victoria police cruiser will be donated to the Village of Mowrystown. It was donated to Sardinia by the Mt. Orab police department so they were approved to donate it to another department.
In other business at the meeting Police Chief Jim Lewis reported to council that the Shop With A Cop event held in December was a huge success once again.
Lewis said the program in Brown County began in 2011 with three children but has since grown to 75 children throughout Brown and Highland Counties combined. He thanked his staff, Officer Greg Thatcher, Officer Bob Freyof, Officer Glenn Bohl and Officer Jesse Johnson as well as the chaperones  for donating their time to participate in the program, representing Sardinia.
Mayor Greg Cassidy talked briefly about forming a new Merchants Association in the Village which should help generate interest in the happenings in the village. He plans on sending our more than 35 letters inviting people, businesses, churches and organizations to join.
The next Merchants meeting was set for Jan. 18 at 7 p.m at city hall.
The board approved the Roberts Rules of Order as well as the Ohio Basic Code.