BY SHELLEY TERRY
ASHTABULA — Ashtabula City Council unanimously adopted legislation Monday night that will provide city firefighters with new radios.
During the virtual meeting, council authorized City Manager Jim Timonere to enter into a $19,174 agreement with Hudson Communications LLC of Pierpont to replace mobile radios for the city’s firefighters.
Council also approved a $29,174 agreement with Hudson for the replacement of portable radios for the firefighters.
All of the radios will be bought through the state purchasing program and all costs are fully covered by a state fire marshal’s grant, Timonere said.
Council also authorized the manager to enter into a $35,667 contract with Grise Audio Visual of Erie, Pa., for the purchase of cameras, system controls and video and audio systems for the new operations center at the Justice Center.
The center is technologically advanced, providing a place to hold Zoom meetings, record interviews, provide training and house the department’s special operations and covert applications, Chief Robert Stell has said.
In other business, council:
• Approved an ordinance allowing the city manager to enter into a $37,500 contract with GPD Group for design engineering, bid documents and construction administrative services for the wastewater treatment plant bar rake project.
• Approved an ordinance authorizing Timonere to enter into an easement agreement with American Transmission Systems for an electric utility easement at East 5th Street, and on East 3rd Street in the area of Minnesota Street and Mariska Avenue, in order to support economic development.
• Start bagging up yard waste and put the bags on the curb because the city’s free leaf bag pickup starts Monday, Timonere said. The city’s Public Works Department picks up leaves for free in April, May, October and November. Residents must purchase their own biodegradable bags and must not place garbage in the bags. Sticks and branches should be in bundles no longer than three feet and no heavier than 20 pounds.
Council’s next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. April 19, with special guests Camille Licate and Kids for Positive Change.