In the spirit of the season, the Mifflin Township trustees Dec. 16 voted to give bonus payments to all of the township's full-time and part-time police officers.

In the spirit of the season, the Mifflin Township trustees Dec. 16 voted to give bonus payments to all of the township's full-time and part-time police officers.

Trustees Richard Angelou and Lynn Stewart approved $1,000 payments to five full-time police officers and $500 payments to six part-time officers.

Angelou said the payments would come out of the township's general fund and reflect the trustees' appreciation for all of the hard work done by the police department during the past year.

Police Chief Michael Pocock expressed his thanks to the trustees for the bonuses.

The trustees regularly approve service-credit bonus payments for employees in the township's fire and service departments.

The trustees and township clerk Nancy White also briefly discussed the township's annual food-basket giveaway for needy residents in the township. White said she expects about 100 baskets of food to be given away Dec. 23.

During their Nov. 18 meeting, the trustees approved spending $5,000 from the general fund to help with the food-basket drive because donations to help the cause were running low.

In other business Dec. 16:

Stewart said the committee of township officials and residents studying the feasibility of getting water lines extended into the Leonard Park subdivision met Dec. 11 and will meet again Jan. 8 to prepare for an upcoming presentation to the Franklin County commissioners and Columbus officials.

The committee looks to persuade Columbus to provide water to the neighborhood without requiring annexation to the city, as has been Columbus' longstanding policy.

"I think we're pretty well-prepared, or at least on the verge of getting there," Stewart said.

The trustees will hold their 2009 organizational meeting at 10 a.m. Jan. 5 and their next regular meeting at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 20 in the township hall, 155 Olde Ridenour Road.