Perry Twp. to try again for generator grant

PERRY TWP. – Trustee Chairman Cliff Mix said the township will search for other grant avenues in an effort to purchase an emergency backup generator for the administration building.

Police Chief Mike Emigh told trustees Monday that the Office of Criminal Justice Services through the Ohio Department of Public Safety turned down the township’s grant application for $22,000 to partially fund the generator, which costs about $32,000.

He thought the application would be approved since the building is used as a polling place and serves as the headquarters for the police department and the north station for the fire department.

According to Emigh, no reason was given for the denial.

Mix said with the police department here, the fire department here and people voting here, they thought it would be good to have a backup generator for the building.

“It would have been nice to be able to rely on that if we had an outage,” he said.

Emigh noted if there’s no power, the police department headquarters is shut down. Dispatching is done through the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office to the radios in the cars, though, so that wouldn’t be affected.

Mix said they’ll keep looking and apply for another grant.

“It’s something we definitely need to have,” Trustee Don Rudibaugh said.

In other business, Emigh praised the township road crew members for the good job they’ve done cleaning the roads, particularly last Thursday and Friday. He said the roads looked good. Clearing the roads has been a challenge for road crews everywhere because of the weather and problems with getting salt.

Mix said the township just got another load of salt and is in good shape.

Trustee Don Kendrick reported that he issued two zoning permits last month and none so far this month.

The next meeting of the Perry Township Trustees is 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the administration building on North Ellsworth Avenue.