Council OKs truck purchase

Competition to raise funds for memorial

By Cecilia Fox - Miami Valley Today

WEST MILTON — The West Milton village council purchased a new truck and heard about an upcoming fundraiser at their meeting Tuesday night.

Council approved the purchase of a new 2019 Ford F-350 truck for the village’s Public Works Division at a cost of $35,180 from Middletown Ford.

Municipal Manager Matt Kline said the truck will replace an older vehicle for the department. The purchase came in under the amount budgeted, and Kline noted that the remaining money will be used to have department decals applied to the truck.

Council also heard from the Miami Valley Young Marines about an upcoming fundraising event that will benefit the West Milton veterans memorial.

MVYM Public Affairs Officer Ray Girard said the event will be a “knockout drill,” a competition in which participants follow basic military drills.

“It’s a really fun event. It just goes to show how good your military skills are,” he said.

The event is planned for May 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the West Milton park and organizers hope it will be the largest knockout drill competition ever conducted. There will be several different age groups, which participants will pay $1 to compete in, and one all ages event with a participation fee of $2.

Girard said the Young Marines put an emphasis on community services, adding that there are Young Marines units across the state that travel to participate in events like this.

The memorial currently represents veterans from the Revolutionary War through Vietnam, but veterans of the latest wars and conflicts have not been added. The group estimates that it will cost about $9,000 to add all of those names.

For more information, visit or find the Miami Valley Young Marines on Facebook.

Competition to raise funds for memorial

By Cecilia Fox

Miami Valley Today

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