SPRINGFIELD TWP.  The Springfield Board of Trustees held a regular meeting Jan. 11 to pass a few business items to start the new year.

The board approved the Release Agreement between Springfield Township and the Jefferson Health Plan for services through the Jefferson Health Plan. Also, a motion was approved for the Jefferson Health Plan to administer the Township Employees health insurance run-out claims on an individual basis.

The COBRA Administration Services, BASIC NEO, will be managing the compliance for all of the township’s health plan coverage including medical, vision, dental and HRA, which includes an account set up fee of $100; initial location letters to all covered employees at $2 per letter with mailing proof for 43 employees and a monthly administrative fee of $50. Trustee Dean Young said this motion was to insure that the township was in compliance with regulations for COBRA insurance.

Police Chief Dave Hoover gave the monthly report. The department had a total of 1,179 calls for the month of December that included 64 vehicle crash reports, 110 traffic stops, 3 OMVIs, 23 child custody cases and 17 civil matters.

For the fire department, Fire Chief Vic Wincik reported that the department answered 247 incidents with 168 being EMS calls. Five of the calls were for building fires with a total of $350,000 in losses. The department assisted other departments 15 times in December and received mutual aid on 23 occasions.

In other business for the Fire Department, a purchase in the amount of $1,642 for EMS equipment was approved.

The Road Department has used approximately 704 tons of salt so far for the 2017-18 winter season. That amount is 34 percent of the average annual usage. Road Superintendent Ted Weinsheimer reminded residents to not park on the roads during snow events so drivers can properly remove the snow. If there are potholes on the roads, call 330-733-3213. Weinsheimer said when he compared this year’s salt usage to last year, the township is behind what it used last year at this time.

Trustees approved rental fees for the Parks Department, which includes the Lakefront Center, Gazebo and the Lake Front Park Pavilion for 2018.

During the month of December, 2017, the Zoning Department investigated seven complaints for trash and debris, vehicle violations and no permit. The board of Zoning Appeals and the Zoning Board both met during the month.

The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 25 at Town Hall, 2459 Canfield Road.