C’ville to sell fire unit

Out with the old and in with the new.

The front of Cridersville Village Hall has a new, temporary addition to the parking lot, as the fire department is looking to sell one of its units.

The 1978 GMC grass fire truck is on display at the front of the parking lot of the Cridersville Village Council chambers on Main Street, as Cridersville Fire Chief Ron Mertz and his crew are ready to sell the vehicle.

Cridersville Mayor Lorali Myers said they will take bids on the vehicle, and if it is not sold, then council plans to take it to a local auction to sell.

“We will take bids for it for the time it sits in the parking lot,” Myers said. “If there is no interest in it, then we will take it to an auction.”

The grass unit is to be displayed for approximately two weeks in the village, and at the end of the two weeks council plans to finalize what to do with it.

During a meeting of the Cridersville Village Council this week, Councilor Tony Zuppardo said the Springbrook Auto Auction has opened back up this month, and the plan is to take it there if no interest is expressed locally.

In other business, council read through the first reading of an ordinance concerning the keeping of animals in the village.

This issue was discussed at a Safety Committee meeting in June regarding pit bulls and the new Ohio dog law.

Ohio legislators recently passed a change in Ohio Revised Code banning pit bull-type dogs as automatically being declared “dangerous” or “vicious.” Prior to the law that took effect this year, any pit bull-type dog was described as automatically vicious and owners had to adhere to several safety restrictions in order to own the pets. Now the law says pit bulls are not considered vicious until they bite or attack someone.

Local governments could pass other, more restrictive legislation, concerning restrictions on owners of pit bulls or other animals they feel may pose a risk.

Cridersville Police Chief John Drake suggested council designate pit bulls as vicious to help ensure safety in the village.

“A young man had been attacked by a pit bull before this (June Safety Committee) meeting and ended up in the hospital,” Drake said during Monday’s council meeting.

If approved, the ordinance proposed to councilors this week would keep pit bulls as a specific breed and declaring them vicious in the community.

Two more readings of this ordinance are planned for the next two council meetings, Sept. 10 and Oct. 8, before the ordinance is passed, and residents are invited to attend and voice their opinions on this matter.