KALIDA — It was announced during Monday evening’s Kalida council meeting that long serving member Bob Buss had tendered his verbal resignation. According to Mayor Gerdeman, Buss has recently undergone minor knee surgery. While there were no reported complications from the procedure, Buss believes that he can no longer give the village 100 percent, and feels that now is the time to step back.

Gerdeman expects to appoint a new council member to serve the remainder of Buss’ term in the near future. Those who may be interested in the position are asked to make their interest known to the village.

Fire Chief Dale Schulte came before council with details on a live burn training that will take place this upcoming Sunday morning, beginning around 8 a.m.. A property which was recently acquired by the village in conjunction with the Parks Board for the purposes of establishing a nature trail will be used for the training.

“This training is very, very important,” Schulte said. “The state has come out and said that it would like everybody to be a level one firefighter to be able to do interior fire fighting, or have your fire chief’s approval…We’re bringing in certified instructors and following NFPA 1403 to the letter.”

Schulte is referring to the National Fire Protection Association’s, “Standard on Live Fire Training Evolutions,” which provides minimum requirements for conducting a live fire training to ensure that it is conducted in a safe facility and in a safe manner.

“We’ve invited Continental, Fort Jennings, Ottoville, Miller City, Glandorf, Ottawa, and Columbus Grove Fire Departments to be there,” Schulte continued. “I want to get approximately 25-30 guys so we can rotate through with crews. Because once you start burning, you want to keep going until you’re done. So we’re getting enough guys so we can do it.”

Logistically speaking, some traffic issues may be created early Sunday morning due to the training. Schulte has asked that each participating fire department bring only a single truck, and he has spoken with nearby neighbors whose driveways may be blocked by fire equipment for a period of time because of the training. So far, according to Schulte, all have agreed to the inconvenience so that the fire department may conduct the training.

“The lesson to be learned is fire behavior,” Schulte said, describing the training that will occur. “You can watch the fire build. You can watch how it starts to roll over on the ceiling. You can try to recognize the flashover conditions before they happen. That’s when the instructors can say, ‘Hey guys, when you see this, you need to do something. Because when this room flashes over, you’re dead.’”

According to the NFPA, a flashover is when all contents within a room rise to their ignition temperature, engulfing the room in flame and presenting extremely dangerous conditions for any firefighter in the room or nearby.

“[The training] is really geared towards younger guys who haven’t seen a lot of fire action,” Schulte continued. “They can get in there and recognize what they’re seeing…And, to get a little heat. So that it’s not a scary situation when they’re in a fire, looking for someone’s kid.”

“There’s a lot of training that can be done in a house, and we really appreciate the opportunity to get in there and do it.”

In other village business, council voted unanimously to offer homeowners along the north side of Walnut Street a 100 percent rebate on their curb assessment as compensation for an easement on their properties. It is believed this will add approximately $8,000 to the cost of the project. The easement is needed so that, once the street is widened, the sidewalk can be placed away from the edge of the street itself, creating a safer environment.

Council has been discussing the potential for such compensation for several weeks now. While all agreed that the homeowners deserved to be compensated for the use of their property, there was concern about setting a precedent that could potentially make future projects much more expensive.

It was stated prior to the vote that no such precedent would be created, as every project is different with their own unique characteristics that would go into any decision to provide compensation of a similar nature.

In other business, Gerdeman instructed village engineer Greg Bockrath to begin the process of creating a design and cost estimate for a new municipal building for the village, a long time goal of Gerdeman’s. He specifically identified the recently built municipal building in Elida as a potential model.

The next meeting of the Kalida Village Council will take place on Monday, August 20 at 7:30 p.m. All meetings are open to the public and they are invited to attend.