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Township medic totalled in I-70 crash

JACKSONTOWN – Licking Township Trustees Monday night were hoping they would have their new dump truck this Thursday after weeks of it sitting at Ace Truck Equipment in Zanesville.

Ace was to install a nine-foot snow plow and a stainless steel Vbox spreader for salt and grit to the GMC Sierra 3500 that the township bought in December off the state bid list. Trustee Dave Miller, who has primary responsibility for road issues, had expected the truck to be finished Jan. 24.

Fire Chief Mike Wilson expects to get a new squad by the end of the month or early next month to replace the 2001 medic totaled after a jack-knifing tractor trailer struck it Feb. 16 on I-70. The incident occurred shortly after eastbound I-70 was reopened following a multivehicle pile-up just west of Ohio 37. The medic, with its emergency lights on, was assessing an accident when a paramedic in the cab saw the unit skidding toward them. The driver managed to speed up which reduced the impact from the crash. No one was injured.

The medic had racked up about 85,000 miles. The department is currently using a 1993 medic with 118,000 miles. Wilson said he expected to receive a loaner by the end of this week.

“They (insurance company) are going to pretty much made us 100 percent whole,” Wilson told trustees. The township might be responsible for $2,500 to $5,000 for additional features on the new model. Total cost will be around $145,000 for the new McCoy Miller squad.

Wilson said the department made 82 runs in February – 67 EMS and 15 fire. Year-to-date runs total 163.

Trustees spent nearly two hours in executive session interviewing three candidates for a vacancy on the township zoning commission. They unanimously appointed Dennis Minor to fill the balance of Frank Davis’ term through 2013.

“It is unusual when you have three qualified individuals,” President Joe Hart commented. “We appreciate your interest.”

Fiscal Officer Andrea Lynch reported that she had been checking into some recurring bills. She discovered that the township had been renting two phones, one back to 1996 and the other to 1998. Payments totalled nearly $3,000. Both have been cancelled.

“I believe it is the fiscal officer’s responsibility,” she said.

“I think it is very conscientious,” Hart told her.

Miller reported that the county engineer is considering levying two $5 permissive fees on each licensed vehicle county-wide. Townships would get a 30 percent share from one of the levies which would mean about $9,000.

“I don’t feel we should burden our township residents with any additional tax, ” Miller said.

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