MONTVILLE TWP. — Township officials broke ground on the new safety services building Tuesday and honored one of their own.
At the groundbreaking, Trustee Jeff Brandon announced the building, which will house emergency and fire personnel, will be named the Ronald F. Bischof Safety Services Building in honor of Trustee Ron Bischof.
“Ron has been a trustee for over 40 years,” Brandon said.
“(He) is quite deserving.”
Brandon said he and Trustee Jeff Shuran discussed naming the building after Bischof and surprised him at the ceremony.
“I think that’s very humbling, I tell you it’s quite an honor to have that,” Bischof said Wednesday. “I think it’s really neat that they were kind enough to name that facility after me when I’m still around and I can see that facility go up. I’m sure my family will be proud.”
Medina Fire Chief Robert Painter also attended the ceremony and said his department is looking for four volunteer firefighters from Montville to staff the station once it opens. Painter said he ideally would keep eight to 10 firefighters assigned to the building so he could have four or five available to respond at all times.
“The closer they are, the better,” Painter said.
The city has an agreement with the township to provide fire service. Medina Hospital’s Life Support Team provides emergency medical service.
The $3 million safety services building should be completed by the end of 2011. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing a 10-year loan for the building at 4 percent interest. The department loans money to rural communities such as Montville for projects, Bischof has said.
The 14,000-square-foot building will be constructed next to Montville’s office building at 6665 Wadsworth Road (state Route 57).
In other business Tuesday, trustees authorized the purchase of a Ford F550 Heavy Duty truck for $80,000.
“We bought that mainly for snow plowing; of course, they’ll use it as a dump truck in the summer,” Brandon said Wednesday.
The new vehicle will replace a 14-year-old truck, one of seven the township uses for snow removal.
Because the township does not have a separate road levy, some general money may be needed to purchase the truck.
“Basically what happens is we have 2.4 mills of inside millage which goes into the general fund, and we put some of the money in the roads and bridge fund, and roughly a third of the money that comes in we will put directly into the road and bridge fund to fix roughly 52 miles (of roadway)” Brandon said.
Brandon said although trustees would like to have a roads levy, voters have defeated such levies in the past.
“We just have to be careful regarding spending,” Brandon said.
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