Salem Twp. starts year with $482K carryover

FRANKLIN SQUARE — Fiscal Officer Cathy Wilms said Salem Township had a $482,000 carryover from 2017 which was filed with the Columbiana County auditor while trustees approved an increase in temporary appropriations for 2018 of $6,482, during its last meeting.

In a housekeeping matter, trustees approved having their pay taken from the general fund, the gas and roads line item section of the budget.

In other business, trustees also agreed to replace a cemetery deed for Ruth Nennig after Trustee Bill Heston researched the issue.

Also, trustees re-hired Mike Hinton Landscaping for mowing during 2018.

Hinton will do the seasonal mowing in the three cemeteries and beginning July 1 on the baseball fields.

Also, trustees approved the purchase of a fire-proof safe for township documents with money from the Ohio Township Association Risk Management Authority (OTARMA) Managing Ohio Risk Exposure (MORE) fund.

The fund provides $500 per year for certain, specific qualifying expenses and a number of those include registration for the state township associations annual conference, along with safety equipment such as automatic electronic defibrillators (AEDS) and personal protective equipment (PPE) such as reflective vests, turnout gear, respiratory devices, bulletproof vests, and other safety or protective equipment that are used by safety forces.

Wilms checked with OTARMA which advised her they could use the money for anything safety related, including the fire-proof safe.

“So that’s what we’re going to do, payroll and cemetery records and other paperwork,” Wilms said, noting other important papers will be locked in the safe and some documents must be kept for a pre-determined amount of time before they can be discarded.

The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 31.