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City of Akron to Purchase New Safety Equipment and Repave More Roads

photo of equipment at an Akron fire station
TIM RUDELL
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WKSU
Akron Fire Truck

Akron will spend close to $16 million dollars on safety services and road repair this year. The city Wednesday released its plans for the Safety & Streets fund, financed by an income tax levy passed in 2017.

The police and fire departments will receive about $5 million dollars each to replace vehicles, including 28 police cruisers and two fire engines. The money will also partially fund a new fire station.

City spokesperson Ellen Lander-Nischt says the city was not able to invest as much into vehicle maintenance and repair prior to the levy. "We still have a lot of vehicles that are in need of replacement, so every year we’re just trying to really replace a lot of those oldest, most worn out vehicles," Lander-Nischt said.

The remaining funds will go toward maintaining police and fire department staffing levels and repaving city streets.

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Funds will also assist with staffing needs.

“Obviously, we need to always be looking to replace people who are leaving for retirement and other means, but I think it’s a topic of conversation."

The city also plans to replace a fire station in 2021. A portion of the funds will go toward that project.