Sidney City Council meets with new firefighters and discusses financial plan

Sidney Fire Chief Chad Hollinger, right, introduces the four newest firefighters to Sidney City Council: Alex Herron, from Russia, right to left, Carter Jenkins, from Saint Paris, Bryce Barhorst, from Minster, and Nick Baker , by Piqua.

SIDNEY – Sidney Fire Chief Chad Hollinger introduced Sidney City Council to the four new firefighters and the five-year financial plan for 2023-2027 was reviewed at Monday night’s meeting.

The four new firefighters who were recently sworn in are Alex Herron of Russia, Carter Jenkins of St. Paris, Bryce Barhorst of Minster and Nick Baker of Piqua. Hollinger mentioned highlights of the interview process for each of the new hires and what sets them apart from other applicants. As mentioned in a previous article from the swearing-in ceremony, these new hires will give the fire department 11 people per shift.

The board also received a brief overview of the five-year financial plan in a slideshow with topics such as income tax, revenues, staffing and project funds.

Part of the plan that the council had questions about was the park ranger/code enforcement officer who will be hired in 2023. This third employee of the department will be trained in both park ranger duties and enforcement. code and can intervene if necessary.

Much of the plan dealt with road and bridge projects. The planned street tax funds for 2023-2025 are $4 million, and potential projects to be carried out using this fund are the reconstruction of Campbell Road from Vandemark Roads to Kuther Roads and the Spruce Street.

Significant street projects utilizing the capital improvement fund are Phases One and Two of the Fair Road resurfacing from Vandemark Road to Fourth Avenue, Russell Road improvements from St. Marys Avenues to Wapakoneta Avenues, and the reconstruction of the Fourth Avenue from Paul Street to Russell Road. Other uses of the capital improvement fund would be replacement of two fire engines, annual replacement of patrol vehicles, dispatch console, video equipment, new 911 system, various park mowers, trucks and a cruiser, as well as an online permits and licenses module.

Other parts of the plan with multiple possible projects are the replacement of storm sewers, sanitary sewers and water mains.

The next steps for the five-year financial plan are to wrap up and discuss final thoughts at the September 12 board meeting and then adopt the plan by resolution at the September 26 board meeting.

Sidney Fire Chief Chad Hollinger, right, introduces the four newest firefighters to Sidney City Council: Alex Herron, from Russia, right to left, Carter Jenkins, from Saint Paris, Bryce Barhorst, from Minster, and Nick Baker , by Piqua.

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