Kenton City Council approved funding for acquiring, constructing, and improving street and fire equipment and facilities. A $75,000 loan combined with a $94,000 grant will cover costs. A leaf master, a dump truck, and a work pickup truck will be purchased for the city’s street crew. A chest compression system and a defibrillator will be purchased for the Kenton Fire Department. Law Director John Schwemer said, “I appreciate the work done on the grant. There’s still a lot of work to be done.”
In other approvals, Council approved insurances on the approved loans. The Kenton Police Department and Fire Department received donations from the Kenton Moose Family and Kenton Walmart. The use of the funds was approved by Council. The money will be used for new equipment.
Police Chief Dennis Musser addressed the Council and expressed his gratitude to the Kenton Moose Family, Kenton Walmart, and Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative for their donations to the Police Department.
The Kenton City Council also conducted an exit auditor interview. This interview reviewed the city’s treasury. The interview found a lack on internal control with the production and sale of water.
President of Council Joel Althauser closed the meeting by addressing viewers on the Council Facebook livestream. There are plans in motion to improve the sound in the council room for livestreaming. Althauser also addressed masks and social distancing in the Council chambers. “We are working under the conditions we have available to us.”
The next Kenton City Council meeting will be held on Monday, October 12 at 7 p.m.