PIKE TWP. -- Township trustees opened bids early in their Monday meeting, and accepted the following: $9,050 from Carroll Asphalt and Sales for a 2007, 7 wheel, rubberized roller, $200 from Jeremy Lee for a boom mower head, and $26,202 from Monroe Township in Preble County for a 2004 Ford F550 4x4 dump truck.
Nancy Snyder, head of the Melschiemer School Restoration Committee, said The Press-News has been very generous with publicity, and reported she is working on a grant.
Trustees received a thank you from the village of Mineral City for assistance in ditching, along with a reimbursement check for gas.
Fiscal officer Steve Knox reported the state will complete a routine audit of the books this year.
Road supervisor Mark Pahanish said his crew has been mowing and berming. He discussed with the trustees the need to put off chip and sealing Maplehurst and Farber until pipeline work is completed.
After talking to East Sparta fire chief Arnold Adams, trustees voted to run the 1 mill fire levy as a replacement, rather than a renewal. Adams cited rising costs, and the need to replace equipment as the reason.
The levy currently brings in $60,700. A replacement will pay $96,000.
The levy will be on the November ballot, running for five years, beginning with the 2017 tax year, and collection starting in 2018.
The next regular meeting will be August 1, 7:30 p.m., at the township building.