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Licking Fire Company sets run record

JACKSONTOWN – Licking Fire Company Chief Mike Wilson told Licking Township Trustees Monday night that the department will set a new run record this year.

Runs totaled 1,081 through November this year, exceeding 2016’s total of 1,067. The annual record is 1,124 runs set in 2015. Wilson believes that record will be broken by mid-December.

Runs “eased up” in November, he reported, with 68 EMS runs, 13 fire runs and one dive run.

Wilson also presented signed contracts from Franklin and Bowling Green townships for the fire/ EMS services that the fire company provides to them.

“Everyone was happy with what we are doing,” he reported. Trustees unanimously approved the contracts.

Wilson also said the department had been reviewed by the Insurance Services Office (ISO) which evaluates the ability of fire departments to fight fires. Departments are rated on their equipment, proximity to hydrants, staffing and training. ISO ratings are a major factor when insurance companies set fire insurance rates. Though Wilson hasn’t received the report yet, he believes based on comments from the inspector that the company’s ISO rating will improve.

“Hopefully we will have some good news in about 60 days,” he said.

Trustee John Holman, who is the point trustee on the construction of the new fire station, reported that most of the retaining wall is now complete. Trustees also unanimously approved Robinson Construction Company’s first draw of $80,000, representing work done in October.

After a lengthy discussion, trustees unanimously approved a 10 percent premium contribution for everyone covered by the township’s health insurance and a $250 annual deductible per person. The deductible is limited to a total of $500 per family.

“It makes sense to ask our employees to share more of the known expense,” Fiscal Officer Andrea Lynch said.

Trustees scheduled a Records Commission meeting for 7 p.m. on Monday, December 18. Trustees’ regular meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. The 2018 organization meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, immediately followed by the regular trustees meeting.

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