Mifflin Township trustees agreed during a brief April 16 meeting to try to auction some surplus property via a government auction Web site.

In the past, the township has held a regular auction to dispose of its surplus property.

Service director Calvin "Mac" McKnight said the township has a one-ton dump truck with a snow plow and two mini-vans, along with assorted computers and computer parts, to dispose of in the current auction.

The online auction site, www.govdeals.com, keeps 7.5 percent of the sale price of any item sold.

Fiscal officer Nancy White said the site probably is less expensive than advertising and holding an auction to get rid of the property.

White said she's heard from other government agencies that "you tend to get more money for vehicles you put on this Web site than from an actual auction."

Anyone advertising something on the Web site has to disclose any problems with the item and could list a required minimum bid, as well, she said.

"I think it's worth a shot," McKnight said.

In other business, trustees approved a resolution to contract with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office for police-dispatching services for the coming year. The cost per call is increasing from $5.41 to about $6.36, which will cost the township about an additional $1,831 this year, based on the number of calls from the previous year.

At fire Chief Jim DeConnick's recommendation, trustees approved the resignation of part-time Metropolitan Emergency Communications Center dispatcher Melissa Dimond, effective May 1.

During their April 7 staff meeting, trustees approved a resolution to form a Leonard Park water committee to try to find a solution to the lack of water service for that neighborhood. The committee would be comprised of two residents, three Franklin County representatives, White, McKnight, code-enforcement officer Steve Blake and a representative from the township fire department.

The vote was taken after a long discussion with Jim Schimmer, director of the Franklin County Economic Development and Planning Department, about the lack of water in some township neighborhoods. Although water lines are available, the city of Columbus has had a longstanding policy of not providing water to a property unless the owner agrees to be annexed into the city.

Schimmer said he would work with the county commissioners and do what he can but cautioned that the township would need to work out an agreement with Columbus to resolve the situation.

Also at the staff meeting, a motion by trustee Lynn Stewart to purchase an all-terrain EMS/rescue Polaris Ranger vehicle for the fire department at a cost of $49,699 died for lack of a second.

Trustee chairman Joe Spanovich quickly tabled DeConnick's request for the vehicle at the trustees' March 18 meeting. DeConnick had said the vehicle, which resembles a miniature EMS unit built on a Polaris chassis, would be used at city festivals and school football games in place of a regular EMS unit.

The trustees' next regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. May 20 at the township hall, 118 Olde Ridenour Road.