Perry seeks safety levy renewal

PERRY TWP. – Township residents will be asked to renew a 1.5-mill safety forces levy to pay for equipment, repairs and communications expenses in the police and fire departments for another five years. Perry Township Trustees agreed Monday to place the levy on the May 7 ballot, noting that renewal of the levy won’t cost taxpayers any additional money. The trustees had already voted during a recent special meeting to have the amount for the levy certified by the Columbiana County Auditor’s Office.

The auditor’s office estimated the levy could generate up to $126,000 per year. The levy was first put on about 15 years ago, solely to cover the cost of equipment, repairs to equipment and any costs covering communications, including dispatching contract costs, for the police and fire departments.

Fiscal Officer Susan Johnston said the levy does not cover salaries or benefits.

In fire department business, the trustees approved three fund requests by Fire Chief Bruce Whitcher, including $3,230 to cover the costs for three firefighters to take the 120-hour Firefighter I course, which is reimbursable through a grant.

Other expenses approved included $212 for hydrostatic testing and filling of four reserve air storage tanks and $495 for hydrostatic testing of 12 small self-contained breathing apparatus tanks.

The trustees and Whitcher also reviewed a protocol list to submit to the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office for dispatching the fire department, with two changes requested to call the fire department for unconfirmed motor vehicle accidents and for downed power lines.

In other business, the trustees announced they’re looking for anyone interested in being the township’s representative to the Humane Society of Columbiana County Board. The previous resident moved into the city, so the township needs to appoint a new member who lives in the township, but outside of the city.

The person selected will serve a two-year term beginning immediately and expiring at the end of 2015. Anyone interested should call Johnston at 330-337-1207.

One zoning permit was issued so far in February. Trustees signed checks totaling $15,213.

The next meeting is 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11.

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