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Lake Township will again contract with Life Star Ambulance for emergency medical service in 2009 but won’t officially sign a contract with the firm until later this month.

Life Star, which is the township’s current provider of the emergency service, was the only company to submit a contract bid with the township for service next year.

Township trustees opened the bid last week but plan to review three options included in the bid and award a contract by their next regularly scheduled meeting this month.

The current contract expires Dec. 31.

“We will not be changing. It will be Life Star,” trustee Melanie Bowen said, alluding to the sole contract bid from the company.

The company provides 24-hour paramedic coverage but rather than have two paramedics on duty each shift, the company’s bid includes options for other combinations of  personnel, including having a paramedic teamed with an emergency medical technician, Ms. Bowen said.

Also, there are several paramedics on the roster of the township’s volunteer fire department, she said.

Other options in the bid include changes to fees for transport service.

The trustees also plan to award a bid for new turnout gear – coats, pants, boots, and helmets – for the fire department at their next meeting.

Two bids were opened last week; one for $56,081 and another for $52,666.


EPA response
Findings by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency would require operators of the Envirosafe Services of Ohio landfill to change the way the landfill monitors and removes water from sumps within trenches at the facility that carry raw waterlines to the City of Toledo.

The landfill would also face a “significant civil penalty,” Ohio EPA director, Chris Korleski, writes in a letter to the towshp trustees.

Mr. Korleski’s letter, which was read by Ms. Bowen last week,   is in response to a resolution the trustees passed in October, asking the agency and Ohio Attorney General to investigate operating permit violations at the landfill on Otter Creek Road in the City of Oregon.

Portions of Lake Township receive water from Toledo purchased through the Northwestern Water and Sewer District.

The trustees asked the state to provide direct oversight in the monitoring of the underground water lines to Toledo. “…in the event of a rupture of the waterlines, the trenches could serve as preferential channels for containment transport into Lake Erie, the main source of water used by the City of Toledo…” the resolution states. It also asked the U.S. EPA to conduct its own sampling of the waterline trenches and monitoring wells.

Mr. Korleski’s letter says he sent the findings to Envirosafe on Oct. 9, which would have been three days after the trustees’ meeting in which they approved the resolution.

“…Ohio EPA has evaluated Envirsafe’s obligation to monitor the City of Toledo waterline trenches and in a June 24, 2008 Notice of Violation letter, cited Envirosafe for failing to properly monitor the waterline trenches …,” his letter says.  

 

 

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