Amending Lake Township’s radio licenses with the Federal Communications Commission will save the township about $800 a month, according to Police Chief Mark Hummer, who last week requested the township trustees approve a contract for the amendment process.
Chief Hummer’s request for the township to retain Bender Communications, Marion, O. to file an amendment with the FCC was approved Tuesday by the trustees.
The contract is for $1,730.
Chief Hummer said the amendment involves an extensive amount of paperwork but the cost savings will be realized by listing 29256 Lemoyne Road – the location of a former Ohio Highway Patrol Post that now houses the police department and emergency dispatching center – as the primary license site and 1911 Ayers Rd. – the location of fire station 2 - as the secondary site.
The change, he said, will, in effect, reduce the fees imposed by phone companies that have transmission lines the township utilizes for remote repeater equipment that amplifies signals of portable radios and mobile radios in emergency vehicles.
The repeater equipment is housed at the Ayers Road station.
The change, Chief Hummer said, will reduce the number of vendor bills the township has been receiving to three from about eight.
In other business, the trustees:
• Approved the purchase of 300 tons of road salt from Cargill Salt Co., North Olmstead, O., for $16,725 - $55.75 per ton.
• Approved a request by Fire Chief Todd Walters to upgrade the kitchen and women’s restroom at fire station 1 at a cost not to exceed $5,000. The improvements will make the restroom compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
• Accepted the resignation of Leo Brenot, who is retiring from the township fire department.