By Victor Milani
By a unanimous vote, Councilor Nick Magistrelli was once again voted in as Northfield Village Council President. At Wednesday nights Council Meeting, Magistrelli was nominated by fellow councilor Rennel Noack.The contract with the Northfield Village service department was approved at a 2.5% raise, as well as other non union employees. Lisa Thellmann, Clerk of Courts, received a 5% raise, while Finance Director Trish Ingrassia garnered a 2.8% increase. The Police contract is still under negotiation. Previously Village Engineer Rich Wasosky of the Euthenics firm was reappointed at a rate of $109 per meeting, as well as his hourly rate ($109) for professional services. Wasosky has been with Northfield since 1985.
Northfield Village first quarter 2018 temporary budget appropriations totaled $2.54 million. Northfield Villages share of this years Ledge Rd. project with Macedonia will be $400,000. The $1.8 million dollar project will also include a new traffic signal.
The fire department’s report is as follows:
January 10, 2018
- A detailed copy of any fire department activity is available upon request.
- Call Statistics – As of January 1, 2018 NVFD responded to a total of 764 incidents in 2017. This was an overall decrease of call volume by 6% (814 Calls in 2016). However, this was due to an overall decrease in Auto Aid / Mutual Aid Given by 59% (74 Total Less Calls). In Northfield itself, the call volume increased in 2017 from 689 calls to 713 calls for service; a 3.4% increase. Of NVFD’s total responses, 616 (81%) of those incidents were EMS related and 148 (19%) incidents were FIRE related.
- Mutual Aid Report – In 2017, NVFD provided mutual aid for 29 incidents, provided automatic aid 22 times, and received mutual aid for 23 incidents and automatic aid for 3 Incidents. Total mutual aid given dropped in 2017 from 125 requests (5:1 Ratio) in 2016 to 51 requests (2:1 Ratio). (Total MA received in 2013 was 13, 2014 was 15, 2015 was 22, 2016 was 28, 2017 was 26)
- NVFD’s Average Response Time from time of call till time on scene is 3:19
- Hard Rock Rocksino & NVRC Stats – NVFD responded to 102 medical / 3 fire incidents at the Hard Rock and 96 medical / 3 fire incidents at NVRC in 2017
Fire Inspector / Prevention Report (Ending January 1, 2018)
- 89 Annual Fire Inspections have been completed
- 12 Hood/Duct/Alarm/Sprinkler Tests have been completed
- 84 Standby Events at Hard Rock Rocksino
Department News / Upcoming Events
Part Time Lieutenant Promotional – In the first quarter of the year I am working on promoting several part time firefighters to part time Lieutenant. The fire department has not had promotionals since 2013 and is in need of several Lieutenants to fill leadership roles within the department. I plan on writing the test and setting up an assessment center to evaluate each candidate. At this time I have six interested members.
Additional Part Time Firefighters – I am also looking at hiring additional staff for the race track and an additional two to three firefighters for the station. As current members availability changes, I would like to be ahead of the curve when then need for part time help increases in the summer. I have four to five applicants I’m currently considering. I hope to bring them for approval by the end of the first quarter.
Village Building Improvements – Will be working with the Mayor, Finance Director and Bowen to discuss what the next step of the process would be and what would need to be put into the 2018 budget. No further info at this time
Squads 3512 (2006) & 3521 (2001) – Unfortunately, both squads recently went out of service and required approx. $2000 in repairs to get back in service. 3512 continues to have ongoing electrical issues due to corrosion on the undercarriage. Several wires were replaced by Ryan August as well as the alternators for that unit. 3521 required a battery replacement and a new starter. Additionally, this unit was further taken out of service when the power outlet the truck plugs into to keep the engine block warm failed. The extreme cold temperatures prevented the vehicle from starting and damaged the battery. This unit is routinely parked outside. All units are back in service at this time