HEBRON – It’s now official. Newark Fire Chief Jack Stickradt Jr. will become Hebron’s second full-time chief on Nov. 17.
Stickradt is retiring from the Newark Fire Department after 35 years of service and 16 years as chief. He replaces Randy Weekly as chief. Weekly retired July 18 after 42 years of service with the Hebron Fire Department.
Council members voted 4-2 Wednesday night to direct Mayor Clifford Mason to appoint Stickradt fire chief, to approve his appointment and to set his salary at $75,000 per year with a one year probationary period. Council members Jim Friend and Scott Walters opposed all three measures.
“I’m very energetic to get to work here in Hebron,” Stickradt said. “You have a very fine fire department.” He met briefly during the executive session with the dozen or so firefighters present. He also thanked Acting Chief Marc Weekly for keeping the department together after his brother retired in July.
In other business, Mason proclaimed Oct. 5 -11 Fire Prevention Week in Hebron. The proclamation emphasized the importance of having at least one working smoke detector in every dwelling. Mason said fire fighters will help install smoke detectors if residents need help. They should call the department’s business line at 928-4721. Mason thanked firefighters for “what you do every week.”
Four Westview Drive residents thanked officials for their new street and curbs. “Kokosing has lived up to their agreement with us,” Mason said. “They have done a nice job.” Village engineer Brian Coghlan PE of Bird+Bull echoed Mason’s comments.
After a brief executive session, council members unanimously directed Village Administrator Ralph Wise, Village Solicitor Wes Untied and Coghlan to terminate the contract with BUDS, Inc. of Nashport for failure to perform. The company was supposed to resurface the village’s portion of Canal Road.
Council member Annelle Porter lauded the efforts of the Hebron Historical Society to keep the village’s rich past alive. She wants to discuss some type of support for the society’s efforts. Her suggestion will be discussed at the Oct. 13 combined committees meeting.