HUBER HEIGHTS — Pink was the color of choice at Monday night’s Huber Heights City Council meeting.
Huber Heights Fire Chief Mark Ashworth and firefighter Chris Williams were on hand to remind council members and city residents about the department’s breast cancer awareness campaign. Council members all wore T-shirts supporting the program at the meeting.
Williams spearheads the effort symbolized by the department’s pink fire engine. Proceeds raised by the department support the Pink Ribbon Girls program.
The Pink Ribbon Girls provided 50,000 meals in 2015 to cancer victims and their families and also provides rides and house cleaning for women fighting cancer. In the five years since the fire department started supporting the program, the Pink Ribbon Girls has expanded to other areas of Ohio and has become a model for other communities.
“Five years ago we came up with this crazy idea to paint a fire truck pink,” Williams said. “We went out and we gathered the funds and as of last year alone we’ve raised over $375,000 for a local, non-profit organization that truly utilizes the dollar donations given to them.”
Council members took time from the meeting to sign their names on the pink fire truck parked outside city hall to show their support for the program and later in the meeting credited Williams with making the program such a success.
“Firefighter-paramedic Chris Williams is an outstanding asset,” council member Ed Lyons said, “and to have our fantastic Fire Chief Ashworth recognize that and give him the latitude to pull off a project like this is just phenomenal.”
Ashworth also announced that the fire department will hold an open house Sunday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. to support the breast cancer program and to raise awareness about fire safety.
“This year has been a very sad year for us,” Ashworth said. “We’ve had two fire fatalities in the city and that has not occurred in 20 years.
“What we’re finding out is that in many homes smoke detectors are disabled or their batteries haven’t been replaced. “ Ashworth urged adults in the community to check their smoke detectors and batteries. More information on fire safety will be available at the open house on Sunday.
Other action taken Monday included:
- Council passed to third reading an ordinance to amend the administrative code on taxation and a resolution accepting improvements
- Council passed to second reading a resolution authorizing the city manager to collect proposals for a new outdoor digital messaging sign at Thomas Cloud Park; resolutions making changes to the city’s organizational chart and salary ranges for employees; an ordinance that will allow the issuance of notes for $3,611.000 for improvements in the Carriage Hills and Red Buckeye sections; and an ordinance for supplemental appropriations to retire notes for work in the Carriage Hills and Red Buckeye areas.
- Council also waived second and third readings and then approved by a 7-0 vote vacating an unused portion of Future Parkway to allow development of the area by owners Paul and Janice Cormack.
Council member Tyler Starline reminded residents about the Fall Fest to be held Saturday adjacent to the Huber Center. He also commended The Arts and Beautification Committee for this summer’s outdoor movie nights, which concluded last Saturday.
Council member Janell Smith reminded voters that a town hall election informational meeting will be held Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the senior center.
Reach Dave Lindeman at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @HH_Courier.
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