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Green trustees OK pumper truck work

October 17, 2012
Morning Journal News

GREENFORD - Trustees approved a bid from the Warren Fire Equipment to install a new tank and equip it from the cab back on the fire department's 1,000 gallon per minute 2001 International tanker-pumper.

During Tuesday's meeting, Fire chief Todd Baird said that with a pre-payment of $75,000 there is a $1,250 discount off the $102,622 price.

If the township pre-pays $50,000 there is an $833 discount, bringing the price to $103,039.

Baird had contracts for delivery before and after April 1, 2013 noting, "I don't think it really matters before April 1 or not," he said.

But Trustee George Toy wanted to wait until after April 1 when the township will have received tax money be able to pay the balance in cash.

During the September meeting, Trustee Dave Slagle said while he wasn't against the project he was "opposed to replacing it without replacing the pump."

On Tuesday, Slagle repeated that objection.

"I still feel we should be putting a pump on that," Slagle said, adding it was for safety reasons.

Baird said a new pump would cost $35,000 and the township didn't have it, adding, "And in my opinion it's a waste of taxpayer's money."

The old tanker leaks and the new one will hold 2,100 gallons of water.

Everything from the cab back including deutsch (electrical) connectors will brought up to date along with warning lights. There will be a 10-year structural warranty and the poly-tank has an unlimited warranty.

The tanker will be out of service from two to three months to complete the work and Baird said last month that agreements with other departments will cover for its being out of service.

Trustee voted 2-1 approving the bid.

In other business, Aby Chismar's application for EMS was approved by trustees with the recommendation of Baird and the department pending a physical test and she will serve out a probation period.

Also, in other business, trustees approved purchasing two front tires for the backhoe from Columbiana Firestone at $260 apiece, and Road Superintendent Rick Strabala will check with the state co-op purchasing program to see if the township can get a better deal on a steam pressure washer.

Zoning Officer Bill Pitts said there were eight building permits issued in September, two for single family houses, one for an addition and five for out buildings.

Pitts said there was a complaint about trash from a deceased resident being dumped on the complainant's property. He said papers in the trash identified the person as deceased.

Pitts explained another person had purchased the decedent's property but Police Chief Steve McDaniel said a complaint had to be filed with the police first and proof was needed regarding who actually dumped the trash.

Pitts said he would speak to the complainant.

Trustees also discussed buying an LED sign to publicize community events and Slagle said it would have to be permanent and Pitts agreed.

Pitts said electric digital signs are permitted and Trustee Chairman Mark Stepuk suggested putting it in front of the post office and Toy said there were two corners where it could stand.

Stepuk said, "I think we'll have to check into it."

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