PIKE TWP. -- When township trustees met Jan. 22, resident Jerry Werner resigned from his position on the board of zoning appeals due to personal health issues.
Both the trustees and board of zoning appeals president Nancy Snyder expressed their appreciation for Werner's dedication to township zoning issues. First alternate Kevin Malavite will fulfill the unexpired term, and trustees will need to name alternates to the board.
East Sparta Fire Chief Arnold Adams reported the department had two major house fires recently, and said both were fully involved upon the department's arrival, and firemen were unable to save either one.
Snyder reported that progress on the Melscheimer School is astounding. The insulation is in, flooring was removed and plywood has been placed on the floor. She has applied for grant money from several sources, and work is being done on a website which will enable donors to give through PayPal. She thanked workers for all they have done. In related items, road superintendent Mark Pahanish said the next step will be getting the electrical work done. He also asked for permission to put a set of hideaway steps into the attic. Bids of $4,600 by S and M Electric for the electrical work and $496 for the steps were accepted by the trustees. The monies for these projects will come from the landfill grant money.
Pahanish also reported he will attend class for his commercial application license.
Zoning inspector Sharon Perrine said she had visited the Alborn property to do a routine check, and the property was in good condition. The court date concerning the case is Jan. 23.
The next regular meeting of the trustees will be Monday, Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m., at the township building.