PIKE TWP. -- The usual meeting of the township trustees took a twist Monday evening as they co-hosted an open house at the East Sparta Fire Station.
Visitors were able to visit the renovations to the building which houses Tri-Division Ambulance. The sleeping quarters, offices, kitchen, television room and exercise area were made possible with EPA fine money a few years ago.
During the meeting, board president Doug Baum thanked the fire department, auxillary and Tri-Division for helping with the open house. Ron Morrow of Tri-Division said the first manpower levy was passed for 16 hours service, then 20, and finally, 24. The renovations accommodate the 24-hour service.
Fire chief Arnold Adams said the department is continually trying to improve. With new regulations, the new truck, having two fire stations, and improved response times, the department was recently able to lower its ISO rating from 9 (10 is the worst) to 4.
Home owners should see this reflected in their insurance bills after the first of the year.
Firefighter Paul Hanood, who has been with the department almost 45 years, talked of the changes he has seen over the years.
He also reminded the residents that East Sparta is one of the last truly volunteer departments, with members receiving no remuneration for their services.
Assistant chief Kevin Bidlingmaier reported 15 calls for the month of September. Baum asked the community to support the fire department in November with the replacement levy on the ballot.
Nancy Snyder, chairperson of the Melscheimer School Restoration Committee, expressed thanks for the cement pad recently poured at the schoolhouse. She said things are progressing nicely.
Road Supervisor Mark Pahanish reported chip and sealing is done. His crew is still mowing and prepping trucks for winter. He also was granted permission to cut limbs back on Maplehurst and Greenhill Cabin Roads.
Cemetery sexton Molly Murphy said footers will be poured this month at Bowman and Melscheimer cemeteries.
Trustees noted several dates including
Oct. 11: A board of zoning appeals meeting at 6:30 p.m. about a home occupancy business on Cleveland Ave.
Oct. 15: The last cleanup of the year from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Oct. 17: The next regular meeting at 7:30 p.m., preceded by a special meeting at 7 p.m. for zoning commission concerning parking and storage of trailers, shipping and storage containers.
Oct. 30: Trick or Treat will be held followed by a party at the fire station.