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Springfield trustees OK fire truck purchase

4/3/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Fire Department will get a much needed new pumper truck in about six to eight months.

The Springfield Board of Trustees approved the purchase of the new pumper from Sutphen Corp., of Dublin, at a cost not to exceed $375,000, as well as a lease financing agreement with Leasing 2, of Tampa, Fla., at the March 27 meeting.

Before the trustees approved the two items, they met in a work session after the regular meeting with Fire Chief Vic Wincik to review the proposals submitted by three different companies. They then reconvened the meeting and voted.

The new pumper will replace the department’s 1983 and 1985 pumpers, which have required numerous repairs over the last few years, according to Wincik.

The lease finance agreement includes a fixed annual rate of 4.36 percent for a term not to exceed 15 years, according to the legislation.

Also during the meeting, trustees locked into place another piece of the plan for a hike and bike trail that will connect Springfield Lake Park to Springfield High School.

The latest push forward on the plan includes an easement obtained from Ohio Edison on a portion of land previously known as the trolley car line, located on the north end of the Tri-County Plaza. Trustees approved that lease for a cost of $5,000, with a 20-year renewal. Under the agreement, Springfield also will maintain the area.

The former trolley line trail will become part of a 1.5-mile trail that extends from the lakefront on Canfield Road in Springfield, through Lakemore on the trolley line, eventually connecting to Springfield High School, and perhaps one day extend beyond, according to Trustee Dean Young. The project is estimated to cost about $97,000, according to a 2012 plan for the trail.

Trustee Deborah Davis thanked Young for the “hours and hours” he put into finalizing the easement agreement and expressed appreciation for his efforts.

“This is an asset to the community,” she added.

Also at the meeting, trustees approved the 2014 permanent appropriations, which total $8.6 million.

According to Fiscal Officer Joy Dies, the final or permanent appropriations increased by $214,078 due to overall expenses, grants that require payment upfront before they are reimbursed, such as the Moving Ohio Forward grant, and miscellaneous increases in operating expenses. The final appropriations represent an increase of $149,545 over last year, she added.

In addition, trustees approved a schedule of employee contributions toward health insurance, dental and vision care. For Fire Department employees, the rate is $17.38 per month for an employee only, with no extra cost for a spouse; $31.46 with children; and a total cost of $46.30 for a family. For Police and Road department employees, as well as noncontract employees, the cost is $24.96 per month for an employee only, $62.91 with a spouse, $67.83 with children and a total of $53.58 for a family.

Trustees also approved the following:

  • placing an abatement cost of $43.33 as a lien on the property taxes of 1601 Cates Drive;
  • assigning the demolition of structures at 2047 Delaware Ave. to Butcher & Son Inc. for a cost not to exceed $2,355;
  • assigning the removal of asbestos, prior to demolition, of structures at 420 Columbine Ave. to PS Construction Group for a cost not to exceed $5,250; and
  • assigning the demolition of structures at 1871 Canton Road to PS Construction for a cost not to exceed $3,700.

Trustees also made the following announcements:

√ Applications for one of three $1,000 Time Warner Cable scholarships are available at Springfield High School, 1880 Canton Road, and at Town Hall, 2459 Canfield Road, and are due April 15.

√ Summit ReWorks, located at 1201 Graham Road in Stow, will accept passenger vehicle and light truck scrap tires from Summit County residents only April 26 from 9 to 11 a.m. for a cost of $1 per tire, with a limit of 10 tires accepted from each motorist.

√ The township will host a prescription drug collection event to allow for the safe disposal of unused or unwanted drugs April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Town Hall.

√ The Springfield Lakemore Business Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a document shredding event for area residents and businesses May 17 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Boyd Esler Senior and Community Center, 2491 Canfield Road.

The next regular trustees’ meeting is scheduled for April 10 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

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