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Bath approved for new permanent FCC license

9/19/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Julia Kazar

BATH — The Bath Township Board of Trustees were informed at the Sept. 16 meeting the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved Township Administrator Vito Sinopoli’s waiver and application for the permanent licensing of its PLMR (Private Land Mobile Radio) system, which supports police and fire communications for Bath, Copley and Fairlawn.  

Sinopoli has been working for several months to permanently increase the licensing from 40 watts to 125 watts, he said. According to Sinopoli, system power is one important aspect of ensuring appropriate coverage area for the radios. He said as a result of topographical features and building designs in the area, the radio system power was increased to improve overall performance.

The FCC granted Bath a temporary increase, but was slow to approve a permanent change.

“We were denied by the FCC earlier this year,” Sinopoli explained, “but the application was approved this time. It is especially remarkable that this happened, as the FCC is denying increases to any communities that are on the border with Canada.”

The permanent increase in wattage officially took effect Sept. 13.

“You are to be commended for all your hard work on this project,” Trustee Elaina Goodrich told Sinopoli. “This came about because of all your hard work and dedication and you should be applauded.”

Sinopoli is also planning on speaking before Summit County Council Sept. 23 on amending County Ordinance 775.02 and 761.99, both of which deal with transient/itinerant vendor regulations.

“This is the ordinance that deals with panhandling,” Sinopoli explained. “But, in this case, I will be speaking about the people who travel door-to-door selling things.”

According to Sinopoli, there are several regulations these sellers must follow before going door-to-door, including registering at the Summit County Consumer Affairs Office. Currently, if an individual fails to do this, it is a civil penalty and hard to enforce by local law enforcement.

“I will testify before County Council regarding this legislation and the issues the township has been having with enforcement,” Sinopoli said. “We hope to create enforceable transient/itinerant vendor regulations.”

In other business, the trustees:

  • approved the sale of three radios to the Peninsula Police Department, one to the Peninsula Service Department, two to Boston Heights and two to the Boston Township Road Department for a total of $4,800;
  • approved a resolution revising and updating the job description for a seasonal snow and ice removal position and agreed to post and advertise for the position until Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. According to Service Director Caine Collins, the township is looking to hire two individuals for the December through March season; and
  • reminded residents of upcoming community events, including: Fall into Nature Oct. 12 at 11 a.m. at the Bath Nature Preserve and Halloween trick-or-treating Oct. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The board’s next meeting will be Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. in the trustees’ meeting room of the Bath Administration Building, 3864 W. Bath Road.

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