By Pat Maurer
The Surrey Township board discussed options for the transfer station at the September 10 meeting.
During Public Comment, resident Kathy Jankowski asked about the recent decision to ask for bids for its operation. Supervisor Russ Hamilton said Merle Harmon of Lincoln Sanitation has offered a five-year contract to operate the facility based on a similar agreement with Hatton Township, but hadn’t included prices. He said that Jill Reynolds from Waste Management, who presently manages the facility, has asked for a three-year contract extension, but that their prices are higher than those being paid by other townships.
Surrey Township Clerk Glenna Bradbury said the Township auditor had told her it would be better for the board to manage their transfer site. Hamilton said he is already doing the required State reports for the facility.
He said that he had also handled the clean-up at the site required by the Department of Environmental Quality. The board approved reimbursement of fuel, the cost of a needed hydraulic fitting and payment to Hamilton for 16 hours of labor at the facility, a total of $235.54 to come from the Transfer Site maintenance fund. Using a Terex machine, as a test, Hamilton chipped brush at the site.
Several items were approved as part of Fire Chief Dave Williams report. The board approved a $539.98 amount for office furniture; $13,148 to replace four garage doors ad four openers; and $2,447.00 for 1,000 feet of 1 ¾ inch fire hose and shipping costs. They also approved a letter stipulating that the recent property just south of the department will be for fire department use only. Williams also reported 48 runs for the month.
During her report to the board, County Commissioner Lynn Grim expressed concern that if House Bill 4785 passes, it would mean that all first responders including fire departments, ambulances and ambulance services, would have to pay a licensing fee for each person. “This is devastating,” she said. “It could mean the end of volunteer departments.” She said the bill is being sponsored by State Representative Matt Lori.
She also reported on upcoming events including a broad band summit for small businesses; the groundbreaking for the new Health Department offices and Dental Clinic in Harrison and a meeting in Pinconning about USDA projects and available funds.