Thursday, November 1, 2012
The 1.5 mill levy will be used for general operations for emergency medical services
- POLICE & FIRE
- Morgan Day
Thursday, November 1, 2012
North Canton voters will get a chance to help North Canton EMS keep up on its general operations for the coming years when they head to the polls on Election Day. They're tasked with voting on a five-year, 1.5-mill renewal levy that will generate $535,000 a year annually, according to City Finance Director Karen Alger. She said the owner of a $100,000 home would pay $45.94 a year. And there's no change there because this is a renewal levy. The current two-year levy expires Dec. 31 of this year. Fire Chief John Bacon, who oversees the joint North Canton Fire Department and EMS, is hoping for residents' support on this. "Most people that have talked to me are supportive of it because it’s just a renewal — it’s not new money," Bacon said. "It…
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
City officials are supportive of a wireless emergency notification system that enables dispatchers to send a text, email and phone call during emergencies. The system was discussed at Monday night's North Canton City Council meeting.
Emergency notifications — like a heads up about a flood, missing child or boil alert — could be making their way to North Canton employees and residents via text message, email and phone call soon. City officials discussed the Wireless Emergency Notification System (WENS) that makes spreading the word about emergencies more efficient at Monday night's North Canton City Council meeting. "We can notify numerous phones, numerous texts, numerous emails at the touch of a button," said North Canton Fire Chief John Bacon, who led the discussion about the system that night. It works in a few ways: For one, department heads can notify their specific employees. Groups could range from City Council to snow plow crews to police officers. All alerts to…
Monday, February 27, 2012
Fire Chief John Bacon told North Canton Patch last week he will address Council once more about the levies, which will appear on the March 6 ballot
North Canton Fire Chief John Bacon is expected to address North Canton City Council tonight and ask voters to pass two levies for both fire and EMS services. The levies are a 1-mill continuing replacement levy for EMS, generating about $378,000 a year, and a 0.5-mill continuing replacement levy for fire services, generating about $189,000 a year. The Canton Repository also reported last week that it's likely Council will pass the city's 2012 budget tonight. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. inside North Canton City Hall. The public is welcome to address council at the beginning of the meeting. Interested in what else is happening tonight? Check out the agenda in the PDFs section of this update.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The new radio system gives North Canton the ability to talk to agencies throughout the state
North Canton Fire and EMS now can talk countywide and statewide with other agencies after getting a federal grant for a new radio system in 2011. The biggest reason the department sought the $246,000 grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, though, was to assist the Akron-Canton Airport in the event of an emergency. The radios — 30 portable and 14 mobile— operate through the Multi-Agency Radio Communication System (MARCS), Fire Chief John Bacon said. North Canton Fire and EMS responds to emergencies at the Akron-Canton Airport about once a year and trains there twice a year, Bacon said. The radios cost North Canton $12,000 because the city must match a portion of the grant. “This was high on our grant wish list, so we figured…