FREDERICKSBURG -- The village council on Monday, May 8, heard a report by member Arnold Schrock concerning the status of two fire trucks ordered by the South Central Fire District.
Schrock said a truck which had been ordered last year was scheduled to arrive shortly and would be featured in this year's Fredericksburg Fourth of July Parade.
The second truck, just ordered from the Rosenbauer Co., is not scheduled to be delivered for a year-and-a-half. Schrock said the truck, which he characterized as "brand new awesomeness," will cost $418,444.
Schrock said the new pumper has all LED lighting -- including under-step lighting for safety -- and that power runs off the vehicle's alternator, eliminating the need for a generator. Also, the councilman said, the new truck will carry 750 gallons of water and have seating for six firefighters, compared to the previous truck that had a capacity of 600 gallons of water and seating for four.
In addition, the new fire truck will have a separate tank for foam.
According to Schrock, the Rosenbauer company will allow the current South Central Department's 20-year-old pumper with 6,000 miles to be traded in for a $40,000 credit toward the new truck.
Mayor Jan Lemon asked council members to begin thinking about whether the village should pass legislation creating a moratorium on marijuana cultivation or distribution in Fredericksburg.
Lemon noted that a number of Wayne County cities and villages have opted to declare moratoriums in the face of legislation likely to come from the State of Ohio on the matter, and that Fredericksburg should also consider taking a stand on the issue.
"I personally think we need to do something, but I just don't know what," Lemon said.
She said she planned to bring the matter up at council's June meeting.
In other business, council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution granting a $48,134 contract to Pro-Coat of Apple Creek for street repair work.
Council also voted unanimously to advertise for bids for water line replacement on Monroe Street. In September of 2015 the village applied to the Ohio Public Works Commission for a grant to do the work, but the request was denied. Last week, however, the grant was unexpectedly approved and the plans for the work were sent to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for approval.
Reporter Paul Locher can be reached at 330-682-2055, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.