Perrysburg Twp. to try two fire levy renewals
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer
Thursday, 14 November 2013 10:16
LIME CITY - The Perrysburg Township Fire Department will seek renewal next year for two expiring levies that generate nearly half the department's budget.
The two levies combine for 3 mills and collect about $1,440,000 each year, Fire Chief Tom Brice said during a department heads meeting Wednesday. Last approved in 2009, the levies expire at the end of 2014.
Brice said he would prefer to have voters consider the levies in May. No decision was made Tuesday, but trustees Bob Mack and Gary Britten expressed support for waiting until November, 2014, to place the renewals on the ballot.
Mack expressed concern about higher election costs to the township if the levies were the only measure on the ballot, while Britten suggested more voters would show up to the polls in November.
"Sometimes when you start putting them off the prime election date, I think people think you're trying to sneak something by, and I don't really agree with that," Britten said.
"I'd like to see it in November."
Police Chief Mark Hetrick said he would like to seek additional money in a new levy next year. That department is currently supported by a 3-mill levy that expires at the end of 2015, according to Township Administrator Walt Celley.
Separately, Hetrick and Brice reported on money coming into their respective departments through grants and federal drug seizures.
Brice said the fire department received $37,462.50 from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation toward the purchase of two cot-loading systems for ambulances, which can reduce injuries to firefighters as they transport patients. Including repairs and retrofitting, the township will spend $49,310 to purchase and install the systems.
Brice thanked Rosanna Violi, assistant to the administrator, for her help in applying for the grant.
Meanwhile, Hetrick said the police department will receive more than $100,000 in seized federal drug funds through October. More than $58,000 has already been given to the township this year.
Mack and Britten noted that the "bad guy money" has been used for purchases throughout the year. Hetrick credited patrol of the Ohio Turnpike and good police work during traffic stops for the windfall.
In other business, trustees approved:
• A 2014 meeting schedule that reduces the township's afternoon department head meetings to once per month. Evening meetings will still be conducted twice per month.
• $3,752 for 2014 membership in the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, and $2,043 to participate in its stormwater coalition. Stormwater dues have remained flat since 2009.
• Renewal of a contract with Code Red for emergency alert calls.