2014-04-12 / News

Weekly retiring this summer

By Charles Prince

HEBRON – Fire Chief Randy Weekly is retiring July 18 after 42 years of service with the Hebron Fire Department.

Weekly announced his retirement in a letter at the April 9 village council meeting. He started as a volunteer firefighter in 1972. Weekly became the department’s first full-time member as a firefighter/ paramedic in 1982. Ten years later, he became the department’s first full-time chief.

During his tenure, the department has moved from all volunteers to paid staff on station 24/7. Weekly recently guided the department through a much needed facility upgrade that was completed last year. The $1.2 milllion project came in under budget.

The station was expanded to the north, adding eight bunk rooms, a large kitchen/dining area and a lounge. The rest of the station that was first constructed on the site in 1954 was renovated.

Council members unanimously accepted Weekly’s retirement and then praised and thanked him for his dedication to the village.

In other business Wednesday night, council members approved Village Administrator Ralph Wise’s request to seek bids for the Kelly and Westview Drive resurfacing project. Last year, the Ohio Public Works Commission approved a $350,000 grant/loan combination for the estimated $525,000 project. Hebron’s cost before repaying the no-interest $110,000 loan over 20 years will be about $235,000. Wise expects to receive bids by May 8 and recommend an award at the May 14 council meeting.

Wise also reported that Microsoft’s decision to stop supporting Windows XP and Office 2003 means the village will have to replace seven of its 25 computers. The affected computers will still operate but without any future security updates will be increasing susceptible to malware and viruses.

Mayor Clifford Mason reported that the Licking County Budget Commission which is the county auditor, prosecutor and treasurer has been invited to a future combined committees meeting to clear up some questions about conforming the village’s boundaries. Village officials opted not to reconform last summer which means that village voters will continue to vote on all Union Township candidates and now, for the first time, vote on township levies and pay them if approved. This month’s combined committee meeting is set for 6 p.m. on Monday, April 14. Mason expects it might be a month or two before the commission is available for meeting with council members.

Mason announced that the Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 5, on a request to change the zoning of a vacant lot at 555 East Main Street, from residential to commercial.

Council’s next regular meeting is set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, at the Muncipal Complex. Village offices will be closed Friday, April 18 in observance of Good Friday.

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