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Police can watch school cameras from cruisers

BALTIMORE – Village police officers are now able to monitor in real time security cameras installed in all three school buildings, Police Chief Michael Tussey reported at the March 25 council meeting.

The camera images are transmitted to computers mounted in each cruiser. Tussey said it took about a year to get the system operational, but it only cost about $118. Another department was looking at spending about $100,000 for the same capability. Baltimore is the second department in Ohio with this capability.

“It is a huge advantage safety and security-wise,” he said. With limited manpower, one officer in a cruiser can quickly flip back and forth from cameras in all three school buildings.

Tussey said it was a joint effort between the department and the schools’ technology coordinators.

He also reported that only one of the applicants for the reserve (unpaid) positions made it through the review process. The good news is that he can work weekends.

In other business March 25, Mayor Bob Kalish made three appointments to Board of Zoning Appeals – Bob Griglick, Dave Richards and Jim Hochradel; two to the Tax Incentive Review Council for the Main and Market Street Community Reinvestment Areas – Barb Messmer and Judith Cosgray; and one to the Planning Commission – Richard Fast. Council members unanimously confirmed his appointments.

Council members also heard the first reading of an ordinance to amend the village’s traffic control map. The changes were requested by the Liberty Union-Thurston School District to add more onstreet parking for football games and to improve traffic flow before and after games. The realignment of the Mid State League is expected to bring more visiting fans to football games this fall.

The changes are:

• The alley running east of Oak Street and west of Yencer Street will be one-way running north from Washington Street t Kumler Street.

• The alley running east of Yencer Street and west of Fremont Street will be one-way running north from Washington Street to Kumler.

• Kumler Street will be oneway running west from Brown Street to Yencer Street; and

• Brown Street will be one-way running north from Washington Street to Kumler Street.

There was no opposition to the changes from the Planning & Zoning Board,

Council members also suspended the third reading rule to amend the village’s pay plan to increase wages for seasonal employees (pool), the village engineer and service employees.

Pool employees will move up from $7.25 – $7.70 per hour to at least $9 per hour. Council member Chuck Keller questioned the magnitude of the increase. Fiscal Officer Flo Welker said they couldn’t get qualified employees at the old rate. She noted that extra $1 per hour for doing swim lessons has been dropped.

The village engineer increases from a minimum of $544.50 biweekly to $897.15. A service employee, without a water or sewer license,moves from $12.79 an hour to $12.85 per hour.

Council members, including a reluctant Keller, approved the increases unanimously.

In old business, several members agreed with Bob Hankison’s observation that a lot of street lights are still out. Village Administrator Scott Brown said the outages had been sent to AEP, noting that AEP seemed to respond much quicker while waiting for the village to approve their franchise agreement.

Council’s next regular meeting is at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 8.

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