President Roderick J. McDavis

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President McDavis announces sustained contribution to the City of Athens Fire Protection capital needs

Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis met with City of Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl and announced that he has authorized an extended 5-year contribution to the City of Athens for financial assistance towards the future capital improvement purchase of a new pumper truck for the Athens Fire Department.

"I am pleased to be able to extend the current Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) appendix for Fire Protection with this action. The University community recognizes the need for fire protection services and we want to support the City’s important work in this area. Ensuring the safety and security for our shared community is of paramount concern to Mayor Wiehl and me," said President McDavis.

"The City of Athens applauds this gracious act from Ohio University. We operate fire protection services from our General Fund and this financial assistance will allow us to proceed with designing a new fire pumper truck for the Department," said Mayor Paul Wiehl. "Ohio University’s recognition of their demand on these resources is welcomed as we continue to strive for a great community though these committed efforts."

The original Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed in 2012 and included the "Ladder Truck Contribution by Ohio University FY2012-2016" as Appendix A-1. That Appendix will be updated to reflect this additional 5-year commitment. The MOU encompasses Safety and Services, Land Use Planning, Emergency Management, Joint Infrastructure and Utilities, as well as other appendices. Other recent collaborations include the trial run opening of Bobcat Lane, as well as the South Green Connector Roadway to Mill Street.

This information was provided through a City of Athens release in conjunction with Ohio University and the Office of the President.