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Lake Twp. pays off fire truck PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 06 June 2013 09:51
MILLBURY - The Lake Township Trustees have extinguished the debt on a 2007 fire truck.
At Tuesday's meeting, the trustees voted to authorize Fiscal Officer Vicki Schwamberger to pay off $197,000 on the Sutphen truck, four and a half years early.
"Which leaves us with one remaining debt - this building," said Trustee Chairwoman Melanie Bowen. "If it wouldn't have been for (the June 5, 2010 tornado) … we probably wouldn't even have any debt."
The tornado destroyed the former township administration and police building. It was rebuilt, but the trustees had to take a $500,000 loan out to pay for "extras" at the site, such as an improved parking lot and roof.
After the meeting, Schwamberger said the township owes $455,000 on the building loan.
The money to pay off the fire truck was available, Bowen said.
"It is in the fire budget and we've just been not spending," she said, adding that budgeted items, such as new radios, are still being purchased this year.
Also at the meeting, the trustees said they continue to be disappointed in state leaders refusing to restore funding to the local government fund, which has been cut 50 percent of the last two years. It has meant a loss of $110,000 to Lake Township, Schwamberger said.
"It's just really irritating that the state has a surplus, that they wouldn't reinstate it," Bowen said.
Both women said the cuts and uncertainty of funding is why the trustees wanted to pay off the fire truck loan early. Other reasons include a cut in real estate tax, failure of levies and reduction of levies. Valuations of properties have gone down, Schwamberger said, leading to less tax money.
In other business, the trustees approved applying for a 2013 Assistance to Firefighters Interoperable Communications Equipment. The amount is for $400,000 with a 10-percent match and is in conjunction with Allen-Clay Joint Fire District and the Perrysburg Township, Perrysburg, Northwood and Rossford fire departments.
Police Chief Mark Hummer, who is also the township administrator, said the grant would be used to enhance the emergency communication south, by installing a repeater, possibly in Bowling Green.
This would be an ancillary site, tied into the main communications system, which is run by Lucas County, he said.
"When we all work together, we tend to get better results," Bowen said of the joint grant application.
Also at the meeting, the trustees:
•    Voted to spend $10,000 to purchase equipment used for the "I am Responding System" for the fire department. Acting Fire Chief Mike Hornyak said the system is coordinated with the firefighters' pagers and lets dispatch know who is responding to an emergency. If there aren't enough reporting firefighters, the department can call for mutual aid. He said Perrysburg Township, Northwood, Rossford and Allen-Clay fire departments are already using the system.
•    Approved the purchase of additional radio equipment for the "800 radio system" from Bender Communications, Toledo, for $5,038.
•    Approved spending $4,614 for emergency repairs to the electrical and air systems in fire unit 843. They were done by Carnegie Federal Body LLC, Cleveland.
•    Applied for grants from the Wood County Park District, including two mushroom picnic tables (under $5,000), a vine climber play set (above $5,000), and a tree swing and log crawl (above $10,000).
•    Accepted the donation of an American flag from Dick Wilson, president of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 35 of Greater Toledo. The veterans meet every third Sunday in the fall and winter at the township administration building, and this was a "thank-you."

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