October 24, 2014

Elyria
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Elyria Township voters OK funds for new firetruck, ambulance

Approval of Issue 8 on Tuesday should make the jobs of Elyria Township firefighters easier.

The 3-mill renewal levy and 1-mill replacement levy will raise $283,000 annually for five years, allowing for purchase of a new or used pumper truck and new ambulance.

The levies passed 492 to 272, or 64 percent to 36 percent, according to unofficial Lorain County Board of Elections results.

The township, which began providing ambulance and firefighting services in 1992, has about 24 firefighters, according to Trustee Rob Scheithauer.

The department’s 30-year-old pumper truck is rusting and needs to be replaced, Scheithauer said.

“How many people drive a vehicle for 30 years unless it’s an antique or a classic?” Scheithauer asked. “Now that we’ve know we’ve got the money, we’re going to sit down and come up with a nice truck.”

Levy committee members campaigned door to door, sent out mailers and held a pancake breakfast, Scheithauer said.

“We had (good) communications with our residents,” he said Tuesday. “Every dollar that’s going to come in is going to go directly into that Fire Department for salaries and equipment and training.”

Scheithauer said he’s proud that service has been expanded from five days per week and eight hours per day at its inception to the current level of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Scheithauer said he was aware that even renewal levies are not as easy to pass due to the recession, but he was confident of passage.

“The services we give our residents are just outstanding,” he said. “It showed tonight.”

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.