Trustees table UVMC fire district issue

Issue delayed until Nov. 8

By Melanie Yingst -

CONCORD TOWNSHIP — On Wednesday, Concord Township trustees once again tabled the fire district issue due to ongoing negotiations with Upper Valley Medical Center.

Trustees said they will extend negotiation time through Wednesday, Nov. 8 with the hospital.

For the past several months, trustees have discussed creating a fire district that would exclude the Upper Valley Medical Center campus from its levy-supported contract services with the city of Troy’s fire and medic department.

In prior reports, trustees have said the fire district was necessary to protect its residents from carrying the financial burden the UVMC campus’ current transportation practices has placed on the township and its contracted services with the city of Troy. The city of Troy and Concord Township officials found that UVMC’s 911 calls for EMS services on its campus were causing response calls to skyrocket nearly 100 percent per year since 2013.

Township trustees’ current contract will expire at the end of 2017. The township is currently negotiating its new five-year contract with the city of Troy, which is close to being finalized, Whidden said. The township renewed its 3.7-mill levy last November.

If the fire district is created, it will continue to provide services to all Concord Township residents and businesses as usual. The fire district would only exclude fire and EMS services to the Upper Valley Medical Center campus, meaning that Troy fire would not respond to calls from any of the address points on the UVMC campus, which is located in the township.

Representatives from Upper Valley Medical Center, including Chief Operations Officer Diane Pleiman, attended the meeting on Wednesday, but did not provide public comments during the meeting. Miami County Assistant Prosecutor Chris Englert, as well as Troy City Fire Department Assistant Chief Gary Stanley were present.

During its next contract negotiations, the township would have to raise $770,000 for its 5-year contract with the city of Troy to support the hospital campus alone.

In other news:

Trustees also discussed placing “No Soliciting” signs at the entrances of the Shenandoah neighborhood. Trustee Tom Mercer said soliciting, which is banned in the township, continues to be an issue in the neighborhood.

“In one section of the township, Shenandoah neighborhood, we seem to have more concerns that generate each summer and early fall with vendors still going in there. Even if we have the resolution on the books, there’s no signage that indicates to someone coming from out of town that would know that (law) exists,” Mercer said.

Mercer received support from Trustees Don Pence and Bill Whidden to place the signs in the Shenandoah neighborhood entrances.

The next township trustee meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the Concord Township Building on Horizon West Court in Troy.

Issue delayed until Nov. 8

By Melanie Yingst