2009-03-21 / News

Township road clean-up set for April 18-19

By Charles Prince

JACKSONTOWN - It will soon be easier for Licking Township Fire Company paramedics to start an IV for patients requiring emergency intravenous therapy. Trustees unanimously agreed to spend up to $3,000 for three EZ-IO units - one for each squad - and a training unit.

Fire Chief Mike Wilson first sought a grant to purchase the units, but turned to trustees Monday night after the grant wasn't awarded. Veins can be difficult to locate, wasting valuable time in an emergency. Vidacare, a Texas medical technology company, received FDA approval in 2004 for the battery-powered EZ-IO and in 2005, the FDA approved its use for pediatric emergency medical care.

"We've had a lot of grass fires in the last two weeks," Wilson noted in his report. The top cover is very dry and he cautioned residents to closely follow open burning regulations. Anyone with questions about those regulations should call the fire company's business line - 323- 0211 - from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The company has made 218 runs so far this year. Wilson was called back to Monday night's meeting shortly after his report to help treat a member of the audience who suffered a seizure. That was the company's ninth run for the day.

In other business Monday night, trustees unanimously agreed to buy a berm box spreader for $7,445 from The Dexter Company of Bucyrus. The box is a newer version of the one the road crew borrowed from Harrison Township last year. The box attaches to the back of a dump truck and is designed to efficiently place berm material along the side of the road. This particular model can also be used to spread salt to treat winter roads. Trustees discussed the purchase over several meetings with road supervisor Steve Patterson before approving the purchase.

Trustee Dave Miller announced that the annual township road clean-up will be April 18 -19. Former Trustee Joe Cooper started the program. Miller said most of last year's section leaders have agreed to do it again this year. Volunteers can call Miller at 404-4720 for more information.

Miller is also working with the county engineer's office to access the damage done by construction traffic to Wilshire Drive in Harbor Hills. Wayne Homes is building a new home on Wilshire. Miller expects the report to include a recommended course of action to repair the roadway.

Trustees also spent about 40 minutes in executive session discussing possible wage increases for the road crew. The issue is tabled until the fiscal officer provides some more information.

During public comments, resident Gary Prince encouraged trustees to consider bidding for a single residential waste hauler. He believes such service would be a lot less expensive for residents and safer due to eliminating truck traffic from at least two other companies. Prince is paying about $70 a quarter with Big O Refuse and plans to switch to Rumpke for about $54 per quarter.

President Joe Hart wants to discuss the issue with the prosecutor's office first. That step became even more important when Bill Ours, representing the Harbor Hill Homeowners Association, said he believes the association could continue with its current contract with Waste Management. Waste collection is one of the services provided by the association to residents.

"I have mixed emotions about the whole thing," Miller said. "I don't like someone telling me who I have to use."

"If we can provide service at a good price with one hauler then we've got the best of both worlds," Trustee John Holman added. "There are some legal ramifications that have to be considered. There is a lot of wear and tear on the roads. I want to look at all the options."

"I think it is a good suggestion," Hart said. "I hesitate to unilaterally take away the right to pick your own (hauler)."

Trustees' next regular meeting is set for 7 p.m. on Monday, April 6 at the Licking Township Fire Station No. 3 on Jacksontown Road (Ohio 13).

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