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Trustees approve dive training for firefighters

JACKSONTOWN – Licking Township Trustees unanimously approved Licking Township Fire Company Chief Mike Wilson’s request Tuesday night to spend $1,650 to send five fire company members to dive school.

Wilson told trustees that the company is down to four certified divers – two are part of the county dive team. Several company members have dropped off the county dive team which responds to incidents county-wide. They are getting older and it’s tiring work, Wilson explained.

The fire company made 94 runs in August – 82 EMS and 12 fire. Year-to-date runs total 728 runs which is 80 runs ahead of last year at this time.

Wilson said the Woodystock Concert at Legend Valley over the holiday weekend was uneventful. “The concert went real well,” he told trustees. The company made one EMS run there.

In other business, Sunset Lane resident Alice Bauman asked trustees to remove a dead oak tree that she fears may fall on her house. She and her son, Ray Bauman presented a written request for the tree – which they believe is on township property – to be removed.

“It is dangerous,” Alice Bauman told trustees. “I don’t want it in my bedroom.”

Trustee Dave Miller isn’t sure if the tree is on township property. Trustee President Joe Hart promised to follow up on the property ownership question with the County Engineer’s office.

Zoning Inspector Forrest Cooperrider reported issuing two permits in August – one for an addition to a storage building at Carter’s Marina and the other for a cell tower at Lancer and Cristland Hill roads.

He also reported an inquiry from a Mallory Square manager about adding garages with second floor apartments to the upscale condominium project. Miller believes that the township’s zoning resolution doesn’t permit apartments over standalone garages. Cooperrider hopes to meet with the manager this week and expects to have more detailed information for the Sept. 15 trustees’ meeting.

Miller reported receiving a call from a new salt supplier that has the ODOT salt contract this year. He said the price is $70.90 per ton which is a couple of dollars more expensive last year.

“I’m disappointed with the communication,” fiscal officer Andrea Lynch said. She confirmed that the township hadn’t received anything from ODOT about this year’s award. “We should have something back from ODOT,” Hart agreed.

Miller also reported that Shelly Company has requested that the roads slated for resurfacing this year be remarked. He expects that Shelly is planning to start the project soon.

Trustees also discussed a maturing cemetery CD. The 24-month $4,500 CD is currently earning 0.544 percent increase at Park National Bank. Lynch said Park’s proposed renewal would be at a lower rate. She recommended accepting a 1.1 percent rate from First Federal Savings & Loan for a 36-month term. Trustees agreed.

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