New Northeast Champaign County Fire Chief introduced to N.L. Council


Members of North Lewisburg Village Council were introduced to the new chief of the Northeast Champaign County Fire District at Tuesday night’s meeting.
New chief Derek Hess is also currently a member of the Jerome Township Fire Department, where he will continue to work. Northeast Champaign County serves the village of North Lewisburg and shares operating space at the village hall.
Hess said he began his career at the Mechanicsburg Fire Department in 1998, before being hired at Jerome in 2001. He is trained as a paramedic, fire safety inspector, hazardous materials technician and juvenile fire setter mentor, on top of his firefighter certification.
He also serves as Local 3555 Union President, representing Jerome’s firefighter/paramedics. He is also Jerome’s CPR instructor.
Hess lives in Cable.
Council also heard an update from Water/wastewater Superintendent Trevor Clark about the village water supply. New control panels for the village filters have been installed and the filters are in the process of being cleaned out which should help the quality of the water supply.
Clark said the next step will be to flush the village hydrants in the coming weeks to help eliminate older water and replace it with that which is freshly filtered.
Council was given an update on several projects at the village park which are being handled by the Triad Junior Baseball and Softball Association.
Association board member Liz Funderburgh said the windscreens have been rolled up at the park. She said the organization also plans to repair some damage done to ball field fencing caused by the windscreens, but that work will be planned in the spring.
Funderburgh also invited representatives of council to the organization’s next meeting on Nov. 17.
In other business, council:
•Heard from village administrator Andy Yoder that the finance committee will be meeting soon to set the 2021 temporary budget, to be voted on at the December meeting.
•Learned that the brush pile at the village park has been turned into mulch.
•Learned that more than seven pounds of prescription medication was taken in during the village police department’s recent drug take-back event.

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