Trustees talk options in securing new truck


WEST POINT — Madison Township trustees are continuing discussions about purchasing a new truck for the road department.

During Wednesday’s meeting, Trustee Chairman Gary Williams said he contacted both Government Leasing and Hill International about a possible lease-to-own program to procure a new truck. He has not heard back regarding specific figures for leasing, but in speaking with a representative from Hill International, he also is expected to gather information about a spreader and a snow plow.

Williams reiterated the township’s concerns and need for a new truck, noting again the age of the truck and its longer-than-intended use of the equipment, noting that one truck has more than 209,000 miles logged.

“It’s another situation (where) we are in bad need of a truck, and that’s what our levies were designed to do, nothing but that, to purchase some new equipment,” Williams said. “So we’re in a position where we have one truck, hopefully it’ll make it through the winter, but we’re not sure that it will.”

Trustees are considering the lease-to-own option after three unsuccessful attempts to pass a 1.5-mill equipment levy by voters, dating back to November 2014.

Also related to the road department, road supervisor Gary Mitchell said in his report the township has received a new septic holding tank and, although it has been put into place, it had yet to be connected. The tank was purchased by Quaker City Septic, who also placed the tank in the hole dug by road crews. The purchase was made during a meeting earlier this month.

Mitchell also reported the road department received a call from a Cream Ridge Road resident regarding a tree that snapped 15 feet above the ground and came to rest across other trees. He said he needs to receive permission to enter the property, which is considered to be private, to take care of the situation. Mitchell said the fallen tree can create a road hazard if the tree snaps, which would result in it coming down on the road. Mitchell and the trustees will look into that matter further.

In addition, Mitchell also reported the township has received some of its winter material for road treatment, including 25 tons of salt, that has been mixed, with more to be loaded. Mitchell said the township was expecting eight loads of two other materials by Thursday.

In other business:

— Fiscal Officer Tiffany Chetock reported that the township received information from the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation (BWC) on its policy renewal, to which the policy’s premiums for 2017 were estimated at $6,403.57.

— Two motions were approved by trustees, the first being to install a water line with a one-inch tap, which would be handled by Buckeye Water District, and which trustees will check on total price for water. The other approval was to receive a quote from contractor Todd Reynolds to build two storage units in the township’s new garage.

— Trustees tabled a quote from Salem Propane regarding cost of gas for the township, to which Salem Propane (a division of Southwest Fuels) provided a quote of $1.15 per gallon, which would be valid from Aug. 1 through April 30, 2017. Trustees noted the township has worked previously with Eichler Propane to receive gas at $1.29 per gallon last fall. Chetock said she attempted to call Eichler for a quote but had been unsuccessful. Mitchell said he will look into the matter further.

— Following the regular meeting, trustees entered into executive session to discuss potential candidates to fill a vacancy that will be left by a road employee who is retiring Dec. 31. No action was taken after the session.

The next trustees’ meeting is 6 p.m. Nov. 9.