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Porter trustees accept fire grants, speed studies

WHEELERSBURG — The Porter Township Trustees opened their meeting on Monday evening by going immediately into a 45-minute executive session, to discuss insurance options.

But when they returned, they took care of several pieces of township business, including several fire related issues, including approving repairs to trucks and applying for a Worker’s Compensation Grant, and accepting a FEMA assistance grant for the fire department.

The trustees approved a request from the fire department to apply for a $13,174.70 grant through the Bureau of Worker’s Compensation. They also moved to accept a grant for $114,286 through the FEMA assistance to firefighters grant program. They also moved to approve a purchase order request totaling $1,100 for fire prevention materials from the National Fire Association, and approved a purchase order to All American Fire for emergency repairs to tower truck number seven, totaling $2,110.

The trustees also accepted a correspondence from the Minford Volunteer Fire Department with an offer to purchase the department’s 1985 ladder truck.

In EMS related news, the trustees approved the purchase of a 2017 Ford F-450 4X4 Wheel Coach ambulance, at a cost of $197,946. Half of the money for the purchase will come from the EMS fund, while the other half will come from the General fund.

In old business, the trustees moved to accept speed studies and establish the recommended speed limits for four roads within the township. Goose Creek Road, Smith Street, Swicker Street, and Rowe Street will all have new speed limits, set at 35 miles per hour.

In other action they moved to accept the fire department inspection report, and approved advertising their notice of intent to secure, a property at 826 Center Street in Wheelersburg.

That property, the trustees explained, has been a source of several complaints. The trustees will secure the structure first and then begin looking at cleanup options for the property.

In new business, they approved sending weed notices to properties at 14 Cook St., 1013 Van Dyke Ave., 8315 Green St. and 8319 Green St. They also approved sending a four-day weed notice to the property owners of 47 Stewart Hollow Rd, and to approve a bid from Keller and Sons to remove the weeds after that four day period expired.

The trustees also moved to amend the township cleanup day restrictions, to prohibit acceptance of trees and brush.

The next meeting of the trustees will be on Aug. 21. Instead of the regular meeting time of 4:30 p.m., the trustees will postpone their meeting until 6 p.m., to honor local softball teams.