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Gresh returning to Lisbon fire department

LISBON — Just shy of one year of retirement, long-time firefighter and former Lisbon fire chief Paul Gresh Jr. is going back to his roots and returning to the department as a firefighter.

Lisbon village council approved the hiring of Gresh during their Tuesday night meeting effective Aug. 1. Current fire Chief Mark Hall said it wouldn’t cost anything to add Gresh back to the roster and he’ll fill a need for daytime availability.

“He’s available during the day and we all know that’s a very tough time to get guys. ISO (Insurance Services Office) says we need a minimum of four guys to respond to each call,” Hall said.

Gresh retired in June of 2020 after 40 years of service, four of those as chief. Mayor Peter Wilson said he’s excited for Gresh’s return to the department.

“I’m glad that Paul is coming back, I saw him a couple days ago and he’s very eager to come back,” Wilson said.

In related matters, council approved the purchase of new Jaws of Life to replace the 22-year-old set the department has now at the total price of $38,140. The fire levy will be used to fund the purchase. The current Jaws of Life have a seven to nine minutes set-up time before they can be used and the new battery-operated tool is ready to go when needed, which Lt. Adam McCullough said is the difference between life and death in a car accident.

In police personnel matters, council accepted the resignation of school resource officer Tab Bailey who resigned to take a job with the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office. Council president Dawn Thomas “regretfully” made the motion to approve his resignation and said he will be missed by both the students and staff. Council approved for officer Justin McCoy to begin SRO training to take Bailey’s place with the approval of Lisbon superintendent Joe Siefke. With McCoy leaving his current position, council approved the hiring of full-time patrolman Bryce Allen upon recommendation of police Chief Mike Abraham.

In other business, council said they are looking to update the ordinance regarding chickens in the village. Council passed the original ordinance banning chickens in 2020, but are considering revising it to allow chickens under strict restrictions similar to Jefferson County. The item will not appear on the agenda until a new ordinance is written.

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