Trustees also approved ballot language for a road levy renewal.
KEY ACTION: Approved the purchase of new equipment for the Plain Township Fire Department.
DISCUSSION: Plain Township Trustees approved buying a new red 2017 Ford Explorer, including needed enhancements, at a cost not to exceed $28,0000.
Trustees approved purchasing and installing safety equipment, such as a radio and sirens, for the new vehicle at a cost not to exceed $6,500.
The fire department also will purchase a power cot for the new township ambulance at a cost not to exceed $23,000. The cot has a power load system, so medics won't have to lift it into the ambulance manually, and is designed to lock into place. It's safer for patients and personnel, said Fire Cheif Charles Shalenberger.
The department has been using power cots for a few years and has seen a decrease in back strains and other related injuries, said Township Administrator Lisa Campbell.
• Approved language for a road levy renewal. The five-year, 1.5 mill levy renewal will be submitted to the county board of elections for approval.
• Heard that two property owners have taken advantage of the county land bank's side-lot program, which allows those who live next to an abandoned nuisance lot to take ownership of the property. A church is moving to purchase a vacant lot on 34th Street and another property owner is moving to take over a lot on Boettler Street, said Planning, Zoning and Development Director Tom Ferrara.
• Heard that the township's easter egg hunt will be held Saturday, April 8, starting at 12:30 p.m. The event will have about 8,000 eggs and include an egg drop from a helicopter, the Easter Bunny and other activities, said Parks Director Rob Steinberg.
• Entered into executive session for a conference with the law director and to discuss confidential information or negotiations with another political subdivision for economic development.
Up Next: Meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Township Hall, 2600 Easton St. NE.