BRUNSWICK –– The arrival of cold weather led city officials to discuss some winter-related topics.
Fire Chief Jim Baird has officially retired from his position at the end of last week, leaving assistant chief Josh Erskine to fill the position until a new chief is hired which, according to City Manager Carl DeForest, will be in late December or early January.
“We wish him well,” DeForest said. “As he leaves, Josh Erskine has been named acting chief and he will be in that position until such time that we make a permanent position.”
Erskine filled in at Monday's council meeting to present some data from the fire department and to give some holiday warnings.
“To date, we have responded to 2,794 calls for service,” Erskine said. “Compared to last year, this is 93 runs ahead of where we were, so there is a steady increase in calls and response.”
Erskine asked that with the holiday season quickly approaching, people make sure they are using properly rated extension cords when plugging in Christmas lights and to avoid overcrowding outlets.
In addition, he said families who use live Christmas trees should water it frequently and avoid placing it near anything that may cause it to catch fire.
Finally, the Community and Economic Development Director Grant Aungst left off with a reminder about snow removal.
“Whether we like it or not, snow is coming and, if you have a sidewalk in front of your business or your home, it is your responsibility to keep them clean,” Aungst said.