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Wednesday, November 07, 2012 1:59 PM

Putnam Sentinel Editor

OTTAWA — Voters spoke as they voted down a county-wide fire protection levy. The levy was rejected by voters by a 3 to 1 margin.
If passed, the levy was going to pay for the purchase and maintenance of two county-wide heavy rescue vehicles that were expected to be housed in Leipsic and Kalida. A county-wide ladder truck was also going to be purchased with the money generated and would have replaced the truck in Ottawa.

Ottawa fire chief Dan Rieman was disappointed that the levy did not pass. “I was hoping the county would have done better than it did,” said Rieman.

Rieman said the current ladder truck in Ottawa continues to cost the village money for repairs. According to Rieman the truck was put back into operation but only after many costly repairs.

“We have it fixed as best as it could be but it could die tomorrow,” said Rieman, “The truck is 33 years old and when the repairs cost too much then we’ll have to make a decision on whether or not we need to continue putting money into it.”

Rieman added that all the decisions regarding the village’s ladder truck will have to be finalized by Ottawa Village Council.

“We’re disappointed but that doesn’t mean we can’t carry forward,” he said.

Rieman was happy, however, voters supported the Ottawa fire levy.

“It’s great that the community backs us on this. The guys are away from families for long periods of time and are greatly appreciated,” he said.

The money generated for the Ottawa Fire levy is for payment of the fire fighters and not for equipment.

 

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