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Township waiting for new truck

JACKSONTOWN – Licking Township may have its new dump truck next week, Trustee Dave Miller reported Tuesday night.

Trustees agreed early last month to buy a GMC Sierra 3500 off the state bid list from Bobby Chevrolet in Columbus for $46,963 which includes a dump bed. Ace Truck Equipment of Zanesville will add a ninefoot snow plow for $6,900 and a stainless steel V-box spreader that slides into the dump bed for $5,700.

Miller expected the truck to be delivered Jan. 24. Ace is waiting to install the plow and spreader box.

Trustees reelected Joe Hart as president and Dave Miller as vice president at their Jan. 7 reorganizational meeting. Trustee meetings will continue to be at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month. If a meeting date falls on a holiday, the meeting will be pushed back to Tuesday night. Meetings will continue to be held at the Licking Township Fire Company’s Station No. 3 on Jacksontown Road (Ohio 13), just south of U.S. 40.

Miller will continue to have primary responsibility for township roads with Trustee Ron Acord as backup. Hart will be the fire company coordinator with Acord as backup. Trustees also accepted responsibility to maintain 41.9 miles of township roads.

Fiscal officer Andrea Lynch told trustees that the unaudited 2012 financial reports have been completed. A copy is available for public review from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Licking Township Fire Company Station No. 1, 6800 Phil Linn Parkway, Jacksontown.

She also reminded trustees that the U.S. Postal Service is holding a Post Office Community Meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Jacksontown United Methodist Church, to discuss the future of the Jacksontown Post Office. A final decision on the office’s fate will not be made until after the public meeting.

In other business Tuesday night, trustees decided to give a township resident 30 days to set up a new payment plan to pay about $3,400 still due for damage done to a township guard rail following a crash last summer. The driver was not insured. Lynch said the original payment plan was too ambitious.

Fire Chief Mike Wilson said the fire company had 77 runs in December – 67 EMS and 10 fire. Runs totalled 925 in 2012. Trustees opened the meeting with a moment of silence in honor and respect for William “Bill” Rutledge’s life and personal dedication to Licking Township. He was the township’s first fire chief. He passed away January 10.

Wilson reported that work has begun on replacing the fire company’s radio tower that was destroyed in last June’s derecho. The loss was covered by insurance. Trustees approved his request to spend $1,500 to install an additional antenna now that will be required this summer when the Licking County 9-1-1 Center changes its radio frequency.

Zoning Inspector John Holman turned in three zoning permits and $285 in fees. The permits cover a 240 sq. ft. porch, a 2,400 sq. ft. new home and a 466 sq. ft. deck.

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