GREENFORD - After a 32-year absence, trick or treating will return to Green Township from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31.
Trustees approved the measure with a 2-1 vote Tuesday after a representative of the Ladies Auxiliary of Green Township suggested "opening it up again, as in the past."
Trustee Dave Slagle said people would bring their kids to Greenford because the houses outside were too far apart.
"They'd bring them all to Greenford and turn them loose," he said, explaining he voted against the motion to restart trick or treat because, "I think we should ask some of the residents in Green Township before voting on it."
Trustee Chairman Mark Stepuk wondered about holding off until the next meeting, but others wanted to have time to get the word out.
After the meeting, several people discussed how long it had been since trick or treat was allowed and two people pinpointed 1980 as the last year it was held.
Trustees felt that by holding it from 5 to 6:30 p.m. there would still be daylight and they also voted to buy trick or treat bags with a 3-0 vote.
In other business, trustees approved a fire department purchase with a 2-1 vote but want more time to study what turned out to be the only bid received for a new tank for the original 1980 tanker that was re-chassissed in 2001, according to Fire Chief Todd Baird.
Warren Fire Equipment submitted a bid of $103,872 to install a new tank and equip it from the cab back on the 2001 International, 1,000 gallons per minute tanker-pumper.
The old tank leaks.
The new tanks holds 2100 gallons of water and the cost doesn't include a new $35,000 pump which led Slagle to vote against accepting the bid.
"I'm not against it, I'm opposed to replacing it without replacing the pump," Slagle said, "I think the pump ought to be replaced."
Baird explained that "everything from the cab back including deutsch (electrical) connectors will brought up to date along with warning lights. There will be a 10-year structural warranty and the poly-tank has an unlimited warranty.
The tanker-pumper will be out of service from two to three months to complete the work and Baird said agreements with other departments will cover for its being out of service.
Also, in other business, Stephanie Coleman, the recycling coordinator, turned in her resignation after eight years and three months on the job. She will continue until the township hires and trains a new coordinator.
Stepuk said they are actively looking for Coleman's replacement and the job pays $350 per month and has PERS benefits. Coleman said the work schedule is every Saturday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Stepuk said a couple of people expressed interest in the position, but anyone interested can sent a letter of interest to Green Township, P.O. Box 72, Greenford, OH 4442, ATTN: Recycling Coordinator.
The deadline is Oct. 4 and Stepuk said they wanted to hire a replacement by the next meeting.
Also, flu shots will be available at the administration/community building from 9 a.m. until noon, Oct. 18.
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