JACKSON TWP.  During the regular meeting on Aug. 8, Jackson Township Trustees accepted a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant in the amount of $339,246 for the fire department. The township had to match 10 percent of the grant, or $33,924.

The money will be used to purchase 50 air pack breathing apparatus units to install in fire trucks. Chief Tracy Hogue said firefighters/paramedics wear the self-contained units on their backs.

Fiscal Officer Randy Gonzalez commended Hogue for all of the grants the fire department has been awarded since Hogue became chief of the department.

"You and your department working to get these kinds of grants has saved the Jackson Township taxpayers millions of dollars," Gonzalez said.

The trustees also heard from the Rotary Club of Jackson Township that it will be donating $12,000 to the fire department to purchase ballistic vests for the firefighters/paramedics. The money was raised through the 2017 Field of Honor Field of Heroes flag exhibit held during the Memorial Day weekend. The Rotary also donated $5,000 of money raised to the Military Family Center at Pegasus Farm.

OTHER ACTIONS:

- Paid bills in the amount of $1.7 million.

- Swore in Police Sgt. Jason N. Coppock, who was promoted from patrol officer and has been with the department for 10 years.

- Accepted several donations, including $500 from Thomas and Carol Barber for the K9 unit, $200 from Philip Carlin to the Police Department, $92 from Carrington Allotment Party to be used for ballistic vests for fire department and $40 in gift certificates from Carol and Doug Seran to the fire department.

- Approved an architect service agreement with Sol Harris/Day for design work on the amphitheater and adjacent grounds from Community Parkway east to the Safety Center parking lot at a cost of up to $173,595.

- Approved the purchase of a light tower for the fire department from Will-Burt Integrated Towers and Masts in Orrville for $15,855. The light tower will help light up scenes during night calls.

- Approved an EMS agreement with Lawrence Township.

- Set a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 12 for a nuisance violation at 6963 Harvey Ave. NW.

- Renewed the annual lease agreement for the recycle center.

- Held an executive session to discuss police personnel and to confer with an attorney. Went into a second executive session to discuss fire department personnel issues and a formal grievance hearing. No action was taken.

UP NEXT: The next regularly scheduled meeting is 5 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Township Hall.