Grove firefighters concerned about access to some hydrants

Rocky Grove Volunteer Fire Department members are concerned about access to fire hydrants in the Galloway area.

Fire Chief Ryan Hefferman told Sugarcreek Borough Council members on Wednesday that there are likely 20 to 30 hydrants that can’t be opened by firefighters to connect hoses to.

While Hefferman said he’s aware this has been an ongoing issue, he said firefighters recently broke two wrenches while trying to service hydrants on Seysler and Warren roads.

“We’ve had this conversation every year I’ve been here,” borough administrator Joe Sporer said. “You guys are going to have to get with the maintenance department.”

Sporer said that while previous fire chiefs have brought up issues with hydrants seizing up, not many have followed up with the maintenance department. He also said the hydrants in the area off Route 417 were flushed two years ago.

Hefferman said he would reach out to the maintenance department and asked that the borough assist the fire department in servicing the Galloway hydrants. Sporer and council members agreed they could work together.

Hefferman also submitted Rocky Grove Volunteer Fire Department’s request for its $25,000 annual allotment from the borough. Reno Volunteer Fire Department’s equal allotment was approved last month by council.

In other business at Wednesday’s meeting, council agreed to advertise the sale of a borough-owned property at 191 Route 427.

Sporer said the property, which has been boarded up, is going to be sold as-is with the condition the house be torn down.

“The house has to come down because it’s in disrepair,” Sporer said.

Sporer said five people have already shown interest in purchasing the property.

Sporer also announced that the borough’s spring clean up day is scheduled Saturday, April 24, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Council recognized Jackson Donovan for receiving his Eagle Scout award. Donovan, the son of Jason and Brandy Donovan, is a Rocky Grove High School graduate who is now attending Edinboro University.

Sporer said the Jewish Cemetery and Burial Association of Greater Pittsburgh made its annual contribution of $360 to maintain the Jewish cemetery adjacent to the borough building.

“We’ve actually taken this year’s money and last year’s money to repair the pillars that sit in front of the cemetery,” Sporer said.