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The Lake Township trustees Tuesday approved the renewal of contracts for emergency medical service and dispatching service for the police and fire departments.

Under the three-year contract with LifeStar, Lagrange Street, Toledo, which goes into effect April 1, the township will pay $70,000 annually for 24-hour paramedic service.

LifeStar employs the personnel and provides and equips an ambulance. On-duty personnel and the ambulance are housed at the township’s administration building.

Another contract renewed with LifeStar calls for the township to pay $22,000 a month for round-the-clock emergency dispatching service with LifeStar providing personnel who work at the former Ohio Highway Patrol post on Lemoyne Road that the township purchased several years ago.

The dispatching service also covers the Village of Walbridge and City of Rossford, which, in turn, contract with the township.

The trustees had approved interim three-month agreements for both services until contract terms could be completed.

Richard Welling, a trustee, said the township has been very pleased with the service from LifeStar.

In other action, the trustees authorized Mark Hummer, township administrator, to apply to the Local Government Innovation Fund program that is offering grants and loans to communities to come up with ideas in the sharing and delivering of services.

Through the program, the Ohio Department of Development is trying to promote efficiency and collaboration among local entities.

Hummer, who is also the township police chief, is part of a group of local officials studying the feasibility of a regional emergency dispatch center in northern Wood County. The study group, also represented by officials from the village of Walbridge and cities of Northwood and Rossford, has been informally meeting for about a year to try to determine if it’s feasible to have a regional dispatch system serving all four entities.

According to the department of development, the LGIF program, which is included in the state’s biennium budget, has been allocated $45 million in fiscal year 2013 and funds will be awarded in tiers: one for governments of less than 50,000 population and counties with less than 130,000, and a second tier for larger governments.

Up to 20 percent of the funds will be awarded as grants, the remainder through a revolving loan program to be repaid from savings realized from the new efficiencies. Each government entity is eligible for up to $100,000 and projects with multiple participants are eligible for up to $500,000. School districts are also eligible.

The trustees last week also approved expending $750 to retain Poggemeyer Design Group to assist with the LGIF application. Walbridge, Northwood, and Rossford are expected to match the fee to hire the firm.

Chief Hummer said the dispatching contract with LifeStar includes a clause allowing the township to terminate the contract after giving LifeStar a 30-day notice.

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