New police contract readied

GOSHEN CENTER – Goshen Township trustees Monday night prepared a contract offer to provide police protection to Green Township that will see a slight loss in revenue from the current contract.

The trustees approved the offer after discussing it for the majority of their two-hour special meeting. The offer will bring in a little less money than the current contract, but township administrators said the difference is slight enough to be absorbed in the police department’s budget.

The trustees elected not to disclose specific amounts of the offer due to the bidding process. Green Township trustees are scheduled to open bids at 7 p.m. tonight.

The current contract expires at the end of this year. Green Township’s police protection levy will generate approximately $270,000 in 2015 and the Green Township trustees are seeking to separate fuel costs from the next contract.

The trustees also tabled contract discussion regarding the school resource officer contract through Beloit for West Branch Local Schools. Trustee Chair Bob McCracken said that Beloit Village Council’s Safety Committee was also meeting Monday night to discuss the issue and that the school administration has been made aware of the situation. He noted that the contract will be resolved, but that nothing is on paper yet.

Also at the meeting the trustees agreed to pursue Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) funding to upgrade the sewer drainage system in Damascus, particularly the replacement of catch basins. McCracken said the project will cost approximately $50,000 to $60,000. Application for funds must be submitted by Sept. 5.

If approved the project will be scheduled for next year.