The Lake Township trustees plan to place a levy on the November ballot to continue funding for the fire department but are undecided whether to seek a renewal of an expiring levy or to replace it.
A 1-mill, 5-year levy is set to expire at the end of this year.
Fire chief Bruce Moritz Tuesday reported to the trustees that the fire department is looking to replace a 1994 fire engine housed at station 2 in Millbury.
A new engine “should be ordered this year to be received next year,” he said.
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Melanie Bowen, chairman of the board of trustees, said the board will discuss financial information pertaining to the levy at its next meeting.
A replacement levy would be collected on current property valuations. A renewal would be based on valuations in place the year the levy was originally approved.
A committee to promote the levy will be formed, Bowen said.
Voters strongly supported the levy when it was renewed in 2009: 2,418 for to 812 against, according to the Wood County Board of Elections.
Waste collection discussed
A manager of Republic Services informed the trustees that problems with the refuse collection and recycling service are being addressed.
The company was awarded a contract last year year for the service.
Paul Rasmusson, senior area manager – municipal services, said his company accepts responsibility for many of the problems that residents have experienced, citing communication problems at Republic Services for “service failures.”
Richard Welling, a trustee, said he has received complaints of recycling containers not being picked up and reports of billing problems.
The cost for both trash and recycling collection is $12.93 a month.
In other business, the trustees authorized a final payment of $35,640 to RCC Consultants, Inc., Glen Allen, Va. for a study of a proposed consolidation of emergency dispatching centers in the township and City of Northwood.
A consolidated center would also service the City of Rossford and villages of Millbury and Walbridge, which already contract with the township for dispatching service.
Police chief Mark Hummer told the trustees the payment represents an agreed reduction of $15,000 from the original contract amount.
“We need additional work on the local level to fine tune the study,” Hummer said, adding a local engineering firm, Poggemeyer Design Group, may be retained “to finish this up.”
The township was awarded a Local Government Innovation Fund in 2012 from the state to help pay for the study.
The trustees met in executive session to discuss real estate issues but took no action.
The trustees did agree to hold their next meeting on Wednesday May 7 due to the May 6 primary election.