Wells Township cuts expenditures by $226,000

BRILLIANT – Wells Township successfully reduced expenditures in 2012 by more than $226,000 to keep up with revenue reductions, and more reductions are expected this year, according to Fiscal Officer Joseph Matthews.

During a recent meeting, Matthews reported last year’s expenditure reductions totaled $226,148. He said expenditures came in at $1,789,579.71 in 2012 vs. $2,015,727.78 in 2011.

An additional $55,000 in reductions is expected for 2013.

In other matters, action was taken to purchase a police cruiser, and the need to remove 28 beaver dams was discussed.

A motion was approved to buy the cruiser from Greve Chrysler Dodge, as recommended. This action was taken after police Chief John Ingram reported since the township is on a two-year schedule to purchase new cruisers, one is due to be bought this year. He added the Ford Crown Victoria currently being used is no longer being produced, and it has been determined that among the currently produced vehicles, the Dodge Charger best meets the township police department’s needs.

Greve Chrysler Dodge in Van Wert is the state bid provider for the Dodge Charger. Under state bid, a 2013 Charger is available at $31,638, including all emergency equipment, Ingram said, as he asked that the purchase be approved.

Road Superintendent John Keyoski reported Minor and Strupe roads have 28 beaver dams that need to be removed, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will cooperate in this matter.

Keyoski also said guardrail is needed on a section of Blues Run Road.

After reporting Salt Run Road is in bad shape, he noted Oxford Mining will pay to repave a section of the road. Trustee John Cook said he appreciated efforts made by the road crew and Oxford Mining to keep that road open.

Also OK’d was a motion to seek a grant from the JB Green Team, which has up to $1,000 in grant funding available for a township project.

An application seeking funding from the county piggyback tax for recreation programs must be filed, according to the officials.

Trustee Larry Owens reported water pumping from the sandpit has concluded.

Mark West Contracting will be installing pipelines through the township, according to Trustee Joe Ellis. He went on to say that County Engineer James Branagan has recommended that the township not sign a contract with that company until the county finalizes its agreement.

Ellis also said state Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, will support a bill to restore the cuts in local funding that were part of the last state budget.

In answer to a resident’s question about grass-cutting this year, Keyoski noted the existing township crew will pick up the work that needs to be done in-house since one employee is not expected back this year. According to the officials, this should help to cover reduced revenues. It is expected in some cases the interval between cuts will be increased.

A motion was approved to pay bills totaling $71,700.20.

It was reported that the demolition of the old hotel through a county-administered grant probably will occur this year.

In other matters, trustees were informed $3,868 was raised from a spaghetti dinner, which was a fundraiser for the Wells Township Sportsman’s Club.

It also was noted that a blood drive is planned on May 3 in conjunction with the Lions Club and the fire department, and the JB Green Team has scheduled cleanup in the township for June 7-8.