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Goshen Twp. trustees purchase equipment

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP– Township trustees this week approved several equipment purchases.

Trustees approved $18,000 for the purchase of a roller from Southeast Equipment for the road department. The purchase will be made after Jan. 1 under the 2020 budget. Roads Foreman Matt Springer said the cost would have increased after this month and the purchase is included in his department’s 2020 budget.

Trustees also approved $8,416 for a 52-inch Ferris mower from Agnew Lawn and Garden for the road department. The cost does not include the trade-in yet and the purchase will also be completed after Jan. 1 under the 2020 budget.

Additionally the board approved the purchase of a 2020 Ford SUV police cruiser at $32,995 with trade-in from Fairway Ford.

In other business, trustees approved the 2020 budget as presented by Fiscal Officer Tom Knoedler at nearly $1.74 million. Knoedler said after the meeting the budget remains roughly the same as 2019 and named trustee Teresa Stratton to the township records commission to replace outgoing trustee Bob McCracken.

The trustees also acknowledged the 99th birthday today of Millie Mather, the township’s oldest resident.

Also at the meeting, McCracken reported the township did not receive the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) grant for the proposed resurfacing and drainage repair of Smith Goshen Road between state Route 165 and Middletown Road, but the project has been forwarded for Small Government Projects grant program. The trustees approved the application for the Small Governments grant.

The trustees reorganizational and year-end meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 6 at the administration building.

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