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Old Delaware fire truck finds new home in township

City sells old fire engine as it prepares to buy new one

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

A Logan County fire department has taken an old Delaware fire engine off the city's hands.

Council voted to sell the truck at a March 11 meeting.

Delaware Fire Chief John Donahue said the Washington Township Fire Department in Logan County lost one of its two fire trucks after parking too close to a house fire. The truck suffered mechanical problems and caught fire itself, he said.

The Delaware Fire Department already had made plans to sell a worn-out truck to finance the purchase of a new fire engine this year.

The city planned to sell the truck through an online marketplace, but after a Washington Township official contacted Delaware, City Council agreed to sell the vehicle at its estimated market value of $12,000.

"They're very interested in our truck and they want to come pick it up immediately," Donahue said.

In other city business, council approved an agreement to partner with Ohio Wesleyan University to host the Delaware Police Department's bike school.

Police Capt. Adam Moore said the school is a week-long program that teaches new bike officers how to handle their bikes, as well as tactics and safety skills.

The Delaware department has run the bike school for the past 11 years and regularly fills all seats.

"Last year, we had so much interest, we conducted two of those schools," Moore said.

He said the class is taught by patrolman Robert Hatcher, who is an internationally known police and mountain-bike instructor in addition to being a Delaware officer.

Delaware will pay Ohio Wesleyan $2,122 to use its facilities.

Proceeds from course fees go to fund police bike patrol activities in the city.

Council also voted to renew an agreement between the police department and the Delaware City School District to continue the school resource officer program.

Currently, the district has two full-time school resource officers: one at Hayes High School and one at Dempsey Middle School. The officers also patrol other schools and make random safety checks.

Moore said the agreement, which outlines duties and expectations for resource officers, had no substantial changes. It's renewed every few years, he said.

"There are occasionally minor updates, but this is pretty much the standard agreement," he said.

Also at the March 11 meeting, council tabled an economic development agreement to contribute $25,000 toward the cost of installing a fiber-optic cable for software developer My Service Depot, which is seeking to relocate to Delaware.

Officials said income tax generated by the business would recoup the city's payment.

City Manager Tom Homan said the applicant wasn't ready to enter into the agreement yet. The issue will be reconsidered at council's March 25 meeting.

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