Perry trustees OK fire helmet purchase

PERRY TWP. — The township purchased six fire helmets at $254 apiece, for a total of $1,524 during Monday’s meeting.

Fire Chief Bruce Witcher said current helmets with a 10-year lifespan need to be replaced and he wanted to place the new helmet purchases on a rotating basis as they do with other fire equipment.

He said they would buy new helmets as the older ones become outdated and they could get them at a discounted rate and trustees approved the purchase unanimously.

Trustees also approved the annual pump testing on each truck along with one repair job for a total of $1,125.

In other business, Trustee Chairman Cliff Mix said the township received the revised annexation paperwork on the property where the Dollar General Store is being built at 1000 W. State St.

The property was annexed into the city of Salem and Fiscal Officer Susan Johnston said the township had 25 days from Nov. 6 to oppose it.

Trustees did not oppose it when it was annexed under the Mark Shivers’ trust. The type II annexation was refiled under Linden Avenues, LLC by Bruce H. Schultz of Pataskala, Ohio.

Johnston said the change of ownership didn’t get filed in time on the original annexation.

Also, in other business, Perry Township zoning inspector Allan Wolfgang said one permit has been issued so far this month. There were six permits in October and Johnston said there have been 165 permits issued so far this year.

Trustee Don Kendrick said leaf pickup began on the south side on Monday and will continue for two weeks.

It will also continue on the north side “because many leaves didn’t fall” and Kendrick said any resident not getting their leaves picked up can call the maintenance department at 330-337-7266.

All trustees thanked voters for passing the levy on election day and they then went into executive session for personnel. No action was taken.