Mantua Village Council approved a new dispatching contract with the Mantua Shalersville Fire Department on Tuesday.
While the fire department had originally proposed a one-year contract for dispatching with the village, the safety committee presented a three-year contract to the council for approval. The resolution had been tabled months ago and amended several times.
The three-year contract covers 24-hour, full-time dispatching of fire and emergency medical services for the district.
For two years, beginning January 2017, the MSFD will compensate the village $42,900. During the third year, 2019, that amount increases by three percent to $44,187.
Payments will be made in 12 payments throughout the year.
Under the new contract, the Mantua Police Department will no longer monitor systems for fire, burglary, or panic alarms because it is phasing out an outdated panel that controls those systems. Hiram Fire Department did the same thing a few months ago, cutting alarm monitoring to Hiram College and the village when it switched dispatching systems from Mantua.
Part of the contract states that both parties are responsible for maintaining, repairing and replacing any dispatch equipment jointly used by either department,
Both Mantua Police and the fire department are also backing away from creating a Council of Governments for dispatching services within Northern Portage County.
Police Chief Harry Buchert had attempted to garner enough departments to form both the council and a dispatching region centralized in Mantua. However, the costs of doing so were burdensome on those departments located in Hiram, Windham and Garrettsville villages.
Mantua Village now contracts with MSFD, Mantua Police and Garrettsville Police and Fire after Hiram police and fire, as well as Community EMS, decided to contract with Aurora.
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