Firefighters to pick up new truck Feb. 28

Perry Township firefighters plan to pick up their new fire truck from Warren Fire Equipment on Feb. 28, but first they’ll be inspecting the new KME pumper from bumper to bumper the day before.

Fire Chief Bruce Whitcher said check everything and take it for a spin to make sure the vehicle passes their approval. Once they get the truck back to their station, they’ll transfer their equipment from the old truck to the new truck.

“We’re going to get it in service as soon as possible,” he said.

Trustees opened bids for a new pumper truck in July, with the low bid totaling $344,988 from Warren Fire Equipment for a KME model. The other bid came from Tri State Fire Apparatus for a Toyne pumper, with one model for $392,844 and another model for $374,025.

They accepted the bid from Warren Fire Equipment in August, noting a payment discount they’re supposed to receive of $6,905, bringing the cost of the truck down to $338,083. The cost of the truck will be covered by fire levy funds and safety forces levy funds.

The new truck will replace a 1977 engine pumper. Trustees said they’ll likely put the old truck up for sale.

Other vehicles in the department’s fleet include another engine pumper, a rescue truck which is shaped like a box truck and holds all the extrication equipment and rescue equipment, a tanker truck and a grass truck pickup. One engine and the tanker truck are kept at the south station off of Depot Road while the rest are kept at the north station off of state Route 45/North Ellsworth Avenue.

In other business at the trustees’ meeting on Monday, trustees approved placing Thomas Wire on the Perry Township Police Department as a part-time patrolman in a probationary training period. He’ll be paid about $8.32 per hour. Wire serves as the school resource officer at East Palestine schools.

Trustees announced plans to hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. March 11 in the township administration building on North Ellsworth Avenue regarding the Brooklyn Avenue/Depot Road sewer project, with all interested property owners invited to attend.

In a project with the city of Salem through the Carroll-Columbiana-Harrison Solid Waste District, a large dumpster will be provided by the district in the Timberlanes parking lot for township and city residents to drop off large furniture items, televisions, computers and computer components from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 5 and 6.

Trustee Chairman Cliff Mix said the trustees are still looking for a township resident to volunteer to be the township representative to the Humane Society of Columbiana County Board. The previous representative 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 Fiscal Officer Susan Johnston at 330-337-1207.

Trustee Don Kendrick noted that one temporary permit was issued for a 12th Street resident to have a trailer in the driveway of their property. There had been a fire in the residence so it’s just temporary until work can be completed on the house.

Trustees approved payment of bills totaling $18,125. The next meeting will be Feb. 25.

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