Madison administrators agree to replace some fire department equipment

Madison Township administrators approved the first step in Fire Chief Ken Justus’ plan to get two refurbished squad units for less than the price of a new vehicle. The board voted at its regular meeting Tuesday to pay a New Jersey vendor $44,000 for a used ambulance that will serve as a backup while the department gets other squads to where they need them.

Under a plan Justus presented last month, he is looking to buy an ambulance that is currently on GovDeals.com and put the “box” on a new frame at a cost of $110,000 to $130,000. Once that vehicle is ready, so will Medic 73, likely in 2024, resulting in a relatively new ambulance at each of the department’s two fire stations.

Justus said that once Medic 73 returns, the department will sell the purchased one as a backup to make money from it. As a result, Madison will have two teams with a total price of around $130,000 to $140,000, compared to $300,000 for a new ambulance that could take 500 to 600 days to deliver.

Township of Springfield. buy Medic 71

Administrators voted last month to post a retainer of $1,000 on the used ambulance.

Justus told the board on Monday that the Springfield Township Fire Department would purchase Medic 71, which is a larger vehicle that struggles to fit into the bays of either station. of firefighters. A Warren, Ohio company previously had an interest in the unit, which Madison is seeking to sell for $175,000.

Administrators also agreed to spend $7,725 to purchase three sets of response equipment as part of the fire department’s capital improvement program. Trustees agreed to reallocate the money between the ambulance and equipment funds as well as add $6,000 to a training fund to send some of the firefighters on needed training before the end of the year.

Old road equipment for sale

The administrators also discussed putting several pieces of old road service equipment up for sale on GovDeals, including a Massey-Ferguson mower and an old dump truck. They noted that items not selling on the website could be auctioned off.

Administrator Tom Craft reported that he had reviewed a number of roads that had been completed as part of this year’s resurfacing program and said they were “beautiful, really beautiful”. He also said he met with the county engineer to discuss a railing that has yet to be installed as part of an Ohio Public Works Commission project.

Administrator Jim Houser reported that two people applied for the vacant position of zoning inspector and reminded anyone interested in the position of assistant tax officer that applications must be submitted by September 19. Houser also said Madison Township is still looking for people to serve on the township’s zoning commission. and the Zoning Appeal Board.

He also reminded residents of the Eastview subdivision that a special meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on September 19 to discuss the possibility of forming a street lighting district.

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