Trustees renew dispatch contract

PERRY TWP. – Township trustees agreed Monday to renew the police and fire dispatching contract with the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office for another five years.

The cost will remain $1,500 per month, with $1,200 covering the police department calls and $300 covering the fire department calls.

The township first switched over to using the Sheriff’s Office for dispatching in August 2008 when the first contract was approved. The township previously had dispatching through the city of Salem.

“We’ve been satisfied with them. They’ve done a real good job for us,” Trustee Chairman Cliff Mix said. “They’ve been more than willing to cooperate with us.”

In another safety-related matter, police Chief Mike Emigh reported receiving the rough draft of a police mutual aid agreement with the city of Salem. The agreement is being reviewed by assistant prosecutor Andy Beech from the county Prosecutor’s Office. Trustees will have to vote on whether to approve the agreement at a future meeting.

He also reported he was having Hall’s Public Safety company come to the station to look at problems he’s having with three cruisers. In one car, the gun lock isn’t working and in another car, the camera recorder isn’t working. The light bar sometimes won’t turn off in another car.

The trustees approved a purchase of $1,160 from Finley Fire Equipment for an intake valve and adapter for the tanker truck. Fire Chief Bruce Whitcher said they were having a problem with the valve on the back of the tanker not working properly. He said they have a hard time opening it, then when they do get it open, they can’t get it closed.

The trustees also approved $100 for two firefighters to take part in a burn trailer training seminar being offered by the Winona Fire Department on Oct. 5. Whitcher said the trustees were encouraged to attend to see what the firefighters do. Trustee Don Rudibaugh asked him for more details so he can attend.

Whitcher also offered thanks to Bruce Capel for allowing the fire department to use a home he owns on Goshen Road for rescue practice. The house is slated to be torn down.

In other business, trustees announced that trick-or-treat will be held in the township from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31, which is the same time the city of Salem will hold trick-or-treat.

Township firefighters will hold their Station 17 all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at the north station off of North Ellsworth Avenue from 7 a.m. to noon Oct. 12. The cost is $6 for adults, $4.50 for children ages 6 to 13 and free for children 5 and under.

Mix offered thanks to county Engineer Bert Dawson and his assistants Bob Durbin and Troy Graft for all the work done for the township this year on paving roads and the sewer line project on Depot, Painter and Brookfield.

Trustee Don Kendrick announced he issued two zoning permits so far this month, with 41 total for the year.

The next trustee meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7.