By Melanie Yingst
CONCORD TWP — Don Pence took his first oath of office as Concord Township trustee on Tuesday. Tom Mercer also took his oath to serve his second term as a trustee for Concord Township.
Pence retired as Troy City Schools treasurer after more than 20 years of service. Pence lives in Concord Township with his wife Jane. He also is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Troy.
Trustees approved to continue to hold its meetings beginning at 10 a.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month.
Mercer was selected as chairman for the township and Pence will serve as the vice-chair for 2014.
It was the first full year of collection for Concord Township’s five year contract for fire and medical service with the city of Troy. According to fiscal officer Pat Quillen, Concord Township paid $395,259 for 2013 services provided by the city of Troy’s fire department.
According to the agenda, Concord Township had 426 ambulance runs and 213 fire runs for 2013. Of the 213 fire runs, 127 were to assist medics, officials said.
Voters approved the 3.7-mill, five-year levy in November 2012. It replaced the former 2.40-mill levy. The proceeds of the levy were certified by the county auditor at $568,474 a year, would be used to continue fire and EMS services provided by the city of Troy.
City’s fire department officials allowed the township to phase payments from the township over the five year contract. The levy costs the owner of a $100,000 home $113.31 a year.
Concord Township Trustees also approved the Miami County Engineer’s request for an agreement to use Eldean Park in 2016. The Eldean Road Bridge, not the historic bridge, will be closed for repairs in the summer of 2016. The park would be used to stage equipment.
Road Superintendent Neil Rhoades reported flood damage from the December rainfall that broke records. Rhoades said flood waters damaged Lytle Road. Forest Hill also reportedly had damage despite two culverts in the area, Rhoades said. Rhoades said tile may be needed to alleviate the flooding in the area and his crew would clear culverts this winter. Rhoades said 15 loads of field debris has already been removed from the flooding.
Mercer said he was shocked at the amount of flooding on Lakeshore Drive when residents requested he assess the flood damage in the area. Township trustee Bill Whidden said the county engineer may be able to give advice on how to ease flood prone areas.
Rhoades said all of the township’s water signs were used during the flood event. Rhoades requested two sets of “Road Closed” signs to close township roads in the future. Township trustees approved the purchase of two sets of 8-foot road closed signs for $298 per sign.
In other news: Concord Township Trustees approved to reimburse health insurance premiums for eligible employees and elected officials. All trustees approved an increase of the reimbursement allowance from $6,500 a year to $7,000 a year. Mercer said the reimbursement program is more cost effective than a township implemented program.