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Bolivar council weighs options for new garage

| Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, 11:49 a.m.

Bolivar Borough officials hope to figure out a new place to house their police car and borough truck before December.

The vehicles are stored in a Market Street garage owned by the Bolivar Volunteer Fire Co. near its new fire hall. The fire company plans to tear down the garage to use the property as a parking lot and driveway to turn trucks around. Fire company representatives sent borough council a letter last month asking the garage be vacant by Dec. 6.

At their Oct. 4 meeting, council members discussed storage options ranging from hiring Amish builders to erect a garage behind the borough building located on Washington Street to buying or renting the fire company's old fire hall, also on Washington Street.

“I've heard it costs $1,000 a month to run that building,” said councilman Tom Pickup referring to the old fire hall. “The borough can't afford $1,000 a month.”

If council cannot find an affordable option, the equipment will likely be stored in the borough's Quonset hut located on the outskirts of town.

Last month, borough police officer Vicki Walker said she's worried built up condensation in the hut, along with the borough's supply of road salt stored there, could cause damage to the vehicles.

Council members also heard from resident Adrien Cameron, who wanted to defend the fireworks that came under fire at last month's council meeting.

Cameron said despite other residents' complaints that the fireworks went past the borough's 10 p.m. noise curfew, the Northeast Ohio Pyrotechnics Group's permit allowed the organization to discharge fireworks until 10:30 p.m.

Borough solicitor Jeffrey Miller issued the permit dated June 25 to the group, after council approved it for the Labor Day show.

Finally, two residents asked council President Clark Baird to keep parties held at his house under control.

Residents Don Marsh and Amy McClellan, who live near Baird's Second Street home, said a party held Sept. 29 got out of control with a fight spilling into neighboring yards.

“It got really bad,” McClellan said. “People were banging other people's heads off the cement.”

Jewels Phraner is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-1218 or jphraner@tribweb.com.

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