Salem Twp. to seek levy increase for fire protection

FRANKLIN SQUARE – Residents in the Northwest Fire District of Salem Township will see an eight-tenths of a mill increase for fire protection on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Trustees reviewed the county auditor’s analysis for the replacement levy on Wednesday. If approved by voters it will bring the new effective rate on the continuous levy up to two-mills from the old effective rate of 1.21-mills.

The levy was first enacted about 2000 for fire protection from the Winona Fire Department in the northwest district which is located west of state Route 45 to Depot Road and from Golf Club Drive to about Miller Road.

The increase to the taxpayer will be $10.97 a year for a $40,000 home; $13.71 per year for a $50,000 home; $16.45 a year for a $60,000 home; $19.20 for a $70,000 home; $21.94 for an $80,000 home; $24.68 a year for a $90,000 home; $27.42 per year for a $100,000 home; and $41.13 a year for a $150,000 home.

In other business, trustees passed a resolution for pay Russell Standard Corp., a Pittsburgh-based company, $78,634 for the chip and seal program which Fiscal Officer Cathy Wilms said covered 8.65 miles of road.

The township also purchased stone for the chip and seal along with the trucking under a separate invoice.

The township also received a survey from Ohio University regarding the impact shale development in 17 counties.

The cover letter indicates that the voluntary surveys were sent to county commissioners, city mayors/managers and township trustees by noting they “are particularly well-qualified to describe the impact shale development is having in your community.”

The senior project manager, Sara L. Boyd, said, “We expect this survey to be the initial phase of an ongoing study tracking the impact of shale development on local communities in Ohio.”

The university plans to “widely distribute the findings” by year end.

Trustee Chairman Ray Heddleson said he will complete the three-page survey.

Trustees also approved a resolution to renew their 2013-14 contract with Anthem insurance with an increase of $460 per month effective Sept. 13.

Also, Road Superintendent Jason Entrikin said he would check around for fuel prices to get the best deal he can and Trustee John Wilms made a motion to purchase a material shelter for the road department’s patching equipment at a cost of $770.

Trustee Bill Heston advised Constable Dan Valentine that he might receive a call regarding a sign for Highland Christian Church at Teegarden and Depot roads that was defaced.