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Chesapeake weighs fire fund needs

CHESAPEAKE — Long-sought repairs on the roof of the Chesapeake-Union Volunteer Fire Department are complete. However, Mayor Tommy Templeton said the village’s fire fund “is going to be running slim” as the department faces more needs.

Fire chief Frank Meehling said the department is hoping to pay for expenses by applying for competitive grants.

“We’re going to be in worse shape if we don’t get those grants,” Meehling said.

Meehling said the department is needing to replace airpacks, which have become out of date. He said the cost is on the rise.

“As I’ve always said, if it’s for police, fire or EMS, they make the price skyrocket,” he said.

The council voted to reimburse the department for the cost of recent training firefighters have gone through, as well as to replace a glass bay window, which was shattered.

Capt. Joey McMaster said the department has been awarded a Mark’s radio contract from the state and is covered for the next year.

The council also voted to pay for the replacement of a pump on one of the trucks, as well as to get the vehicle serviced.

Council member Danny Burd put forward a motion to have police, fire and street departments make a monthly report to the village, but, after discussion,  no action was taken.

In other news, the council:

• Heard from Templeton, who said he was able to set up a credit card account for the village at U.S. Bank. Templeton said two cards have been issued — in his name and that of the clerk-treasurer.

He said the purpose of the credit cards was to allow for online purchases so the village could shop around for needs. As an example, he showed the council a set of lights for police cruisers that he was able to purchase online at significant savings.

Templeton said the charges on the card would be paid off each month and copies of all bills would be provided to council monthly.

• Heard from a resident who voiced concerns about feral cats in the village, which she said had done damage to her yard.

Templeton, who has heard from her in past months on the issue, said he has spoken with the Humane Society and arrangements have been made for someone to trap the cats.

Once caught, the cats would spayed or neutered, given shots and have their ears clipped to mark them. Once this is done, they would released at the location they were caught.