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Safety forces focus in Mingo

October 23, 2013
By MARK J. MILLER - Staff writer , The Herald-Star

MINGO JUNCTION -Village safety forces were discussed during Tuesday's Village Council meeting.

Fire Chief John Wright told council members firefighter Matt Miller was now available for call-outs.

Miller previously worked as a firefighter for the village and would now be assisting, according to Wright. The chief also said the department had hired three new part-time paramedics, firefighters and emergency medical tehcnicians.

"We're slowly building from the ground up," said Wright, adding the new hires included Phil Pelley, firefighter and paramedic; Phillip Williamson, firefighter and emergency medical tech; and Joe Irwin, firefighter and emergency medical tech. "(These new firefighters) give me much-needed assistance on call-outs."

Wright thanked village employees Brandon Montgomery, Samuel Ivkovich and Rebecca Rager for their recent assistance to the fire department.

Mike Maguschak, village webmaster, said he was working on a new database for the department.

In other matters:

In a letter to council, village Clerk John Angelica rescinded his earlier resignation and said he was willing to serve out the remainder of his term. Council members expressed gratitude for the decision.

Steve Maguschak, acting village administrator, said the Lincoln Avenue sewer project had been completed. He told council he was working to lower the village's workers' compensation payments. He added the village would be prepared for this winter.

"We have enough salt to start with," said Maguschak, adding the village purchased salt at the same rate as the previous year. "We are going to be short on drivers."

Maguschak asked council if it would be possible to have a village employee who was qualified to work in different departments.

Councilman John Herrick asked residents to read an article on the village's garbage replacement levy in Tueday's edition of the Herald-Star in the local section. He added the levy was much needed. The story also can be read at

Council approved a resolution marking the 100th birthday of village resident Michael Kendrach.

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