Concord Twp. to ask for fire/EMS renewal

5-year, 3.7-mill levy will be on Nov. 8 ballot

By Melanie Yingst -

CONCORD TWP. — Concord Township trustees declared its intent to renew its 5-year, 3.7-mill levy for fire and EMS services provided by the city of Troy during their regular meeting Tuesday.

The trustees adopted the resolution on Aug. 3 in order to file the levy renewal with the board of elections by the Aug. 10 deadline.

According to officials, the levy raises approximately $560,000 per year for fire and medical services.

Trustee Don Pence said it was the trustees’ intent to tie the renewal of the levy with the negotiations and contract with the city of Troy, but the negotiations are still pending with city officials.

“We chose to move forward with a renewal of this levy and then continue to work on the contract negotiations with the city of Troy,” Pence said Tuesday.

Trustee Bill Whidden said he continues to meet with city officials and discuss the township’s options.

The renewal levy will be considered on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The township trustees also were advised by the board of elections that the township building will host the Sept. 13 Special Democratic Congressional Primary Election.

Trustees also spoke with Jeff Sweigart, a homeowner who has placed rocks on his property to prevent construction vehicles and trucks from driving into his yard because they are unable to negotiate the narrow intersection at Lincolnshire and Merrimont. Sweigart said he obtained the measurements to place the rocks from another residence a few blocks away.

“I would like to know when I do move those what the township is going to do to help protect my property,” Sweigart asked.

Pence said he would look into extending the right-of-way in the intersection.

“You won’t have to widen the intersection, they’ll (incoming construction traffic) do it for you,” Sweigart said during the discussion.

Sweigart said he will remove the two rocks and advised he has contacted the construction companies several times to no avail. According to road superintendent Neil Rhoades, a new access road through County Road 25-A is expected to cut down on the traffic in the neighborhood.

“It looks like it’s going to resolve itself, but it is just going to take a little time,” Pence said.

The next township meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 16 at the township building on Horizon West Court.

5-year, 3.7-mill levy will be on Nov. 8 ballot

By Melanie Yingst


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