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Springfield trustees eyeing new pumper

3/6/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

SPRINGFIELD — After several years of discussion on the subject, trustees are preparing to purchase a new pumper truck for the Springfield Fire Department to replace aging equipment.

During a special meeting Feb. 6, trustees and fire department officials gathered to look over a new pumper brought to Town Hall by Sutphen Corp. in Dublin in preparation for a possible purchase.

At the Feb. 27 Board of Trustees meeting, several motions were approved related to a future purchase.

Trustees authorized Fire Chief Vic Wincik to develop detailed specifications and a purchase agreement for a pumper truck, with the total cost not to exceed $380,000. Models from Sutphen Corp. and Pierce Manufacturing are under consideration.

Trustees also requested Wincik develop and present the 15-year lease/purchase agreement through Leasing 2 Inc., of Tampa, Fla., for the pumper.

“We have finally talked it all through and have gotten to the point where we were ready to make a decision,” said Wincik. “We are now directing our focus on which model to order.”

Wincik explained the new 1,000-gallon pumper will have a capacity of 1,500 gallons per minute, and it will replace the department’s 1983 and 1985 models.  He explained he is working on consolidating equipment due to space considerations. The new pumper will arrive six to eight months after the order is placed, which is expected to be in late March.Wincik said his department has applied for grant money to assist with the purchase, but the outcome of that effort will not be known until late spring or early summer.

The new pumper truck is one part of an effort to ensure the Springfield Fire Department can meet the needs of the community, according to Wincik. That effort has included a pilot program with the city of Akron to provide coverage for a northern section of the township, where Akron has a fire station closer by, in exchange for Springfield covering the Hilbish and Washington avenues area in South Akron, which Springfield can reach faster. The township also works collaboratively with Lakemore, according to Wincik.

“These collaborative efforts reduce the duplication of expensive equipment,” said Wincik. “Our collaboration efforts also include working on dispatching agreements with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and the city of Green to route calls simultaneously to our department and mobile data units in patrol cars.”

In related business, trustees rescinded a motion adopted this past November that outlined a seven-year funds distribution plan to purchase a pumper for the department.

Also at the meeting, trustees approved two other major purchases, including a 2014 Ford Police Interceptor SUV from Lebanon Ford at a cost of $25,137 and a 2014 Dodge Charger for a cost of $21,875. Both were planned purchases, according to trustees.

Trustees also approved the purchase and installation of equipment for the vehicles, at a cost of $6,764 for the Ford and $6,285 for the Dodge, as well as two mobile data terminals at a total cost of $8,023.

In financial matters, trustees agreed to change the distribution of Joint Economic Development District funds the township receives from Akron annually. Previously, those amounts were distributed with 39 percent going to fire, 29 percent each to police and roads, and 3 percent to zoning. The new distribution plan includes 31 percent for fire, 23 percent each for police and roads, 20 percent for parks and 3 percent for zoning.

“This is appropriate considering we created a Parks Department last year and funds are needed for capital purchases,” said Trustee Dean Young.

Also under safety forces business, trustees approved a $4,762 payment of Springfield’s share for Metro SWAT for 2014.

In other business at the meeting, trustees approved:

  • a payment of $88,738 to the Ohio Township Association Risk Management Authority for $6 million liability and property insurance coverage for the township;
  • a transfer of $9,672 in funds for the annual salary of the part-time systems administrator, which is in addition to the person’s full-time police salary;
  • the 2014 Summit County Emergency Management Agency Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan;
  • participation in the 2014 pavement maintenance program with Summit County regional collaboration projects for this year’s road resurfacing program in the township;
  • a memorandum of understanding with the Summit Soil and Water Conservation District in the cooperation for environmental stewardship related to goals such as those of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Phase II Municipal Storm Water Permit, and appropriating funds for general efforts;
  • the adoption of the 2013 Township Highway System Mileage of 70 miles or 140 lanes miles, which is used to calculate the township’s share of the state motor vehicle fuel taxes;
  • an amendment to a motion to update the Emergency Medical Ambulance Transport fee schedule, making it retroactive to Jan. 1:
  • permission for Trustee Deborah Davis to apply for the 2014 ReWorks Community Access Grant;
  • applications for the 2014 School Travel Plan, which could fund the installation of sidewalks on Sanitarium Road through the National Center for Safe Routes to School;
  • the designation of two accessory structures, including ones at 978 Krumroy Road and 2047 Delaware Ave., to be a nuisance and to initiate abatement. Trustees were scheduled to review more of these during a special meeting yesterday, March 6;
  • the assignment of work orders to Butcher & Sons Inc. for the demolition of structures at 3072 Ellet Ave. for a cost of $5,330 and at 420 Columbine Ave. for a cost of $3,600; and
  • the certification of abatements to be placed on the property owners’ tax duplicate, including $3,792 for 655 Junior Ave.; $62 for 656 N. Oakwood Drive; and $43 for 3195 Avis Road and 1660 Hilbish Ave.

Trustees also announced applications are now available for three $1,000 Time Warner Cable Scholarships awarded in the spring. Applications are at Town Hall, located at 2459 Canfield Road, and the Springfield High School Guidance Office, 1880 Canton Road, and are due April 15.

The next regular trustees’ meeting is scheduled for March 13 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

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