By MARY ANN GREIER
Township trustees agreed Monday to spend $15,900 for a new 100-foot tall radio tower with a 20-foot mast to improve radio reception for township firefighters.
Trustee Chairman Cliff Mix said he met recently with members of the volunteer fire department and the local radio person who's been helping them with the tower situation to go over the plans.
He said they found out where they can install the tower so it won't become a hazard to neighboring properties if it falls over, received information regarding the licensing and what the price will cover.
The tower had become a topic of conversation at several previous meetings regarding the licensing and the possible leasing of another tower at another location. The current tower, located at the north station off of Ellsworth Avenue, is less than 50 feet tall, creating problems with reception at times because the radio antenna isn't high enough.
The trustees also agreed to spend $1,800 to fix the pump packing on one of the fire department's pumper trucks, Engine 76.
In other business, Trustee Don Kendrick said the township was working with the owner of a Painter Road property to clean it up. During the last township meeting, another resident presented a petition asking that trustees declare the property a nuisance to force the cleanup. Trustees didn't take action on the request, instead making contact to get the property cleaned up.
Trustees announced the annual leaf pickup will begin Oct. 29 on the north side of the township for two weeks and then begin on the south side of the township on Nov. 12, continuing for another two weeks. State Street is the dividing line between north and south.
Leaves must be secured in bags and placed on the curb lawn near the street for pickup, with bags of a size that can be lifted into a truck by one person. Sticks and twigs will be picked up separately and must be bundled.
The trustees also announced a fall tire drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10 at the south fire station, 1320 Depot Road. Residents can drop off passenger car and light truck tires only, with tires not on rims.
Questions about either the leaf pickup or the tire dropoff can be answered by the township road department at 330-337-7266.
Previously announced trick or treat hours in the township have been changed. Trick or treat will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 to match the same hours as the city of Salem.