The Mifflin Township trustees April 21 approved the retirement of longtime firefighter Mona Lord.

The Mifflin Township trustees April 21 approved the retirement of longtime firefighter Mona Lord.

Fire Deputy Chief Fred Kauser said Lord had been with the fire department for 23 years and that she faced some challenges during her career as a female firefighter.

"She broke down a lot of barriers," he said, adding that Lord was a valuable part of the fire department.

"I know I speak for the fire chief and all of the firefighters when I say that we're all better off for her having served here with us," Kauser said.

Mifflin police Lt. William Price echoed Kauser, saying Lord was a big help when she served at Station 132 beside the police department building on Agler Road. In certain situations, such as when an unruly juvenile was in the station, "she was always right there and knew how to calm the situation down," Price said.

"She was an asset to the police department as well," he said.

The trustees also approved a request from Price and police Chief Michael Pocock to lease two new Dodge Charger police cruisers at a cost not to exceed $35,000 total.

Price said one of the new cruisers would replace a car that was totaled during an April 12 accident. The insurance settlement is covering all but $7,000 of the cost of that cruiser. The money for the second cruiser, which would replace another old car that has been out of commission, was included in this year's budget for the police department.

"It's not like we're adding anything new; we've been down a cruiser," Pocock said.

The cruisers are being leased through a state bidding program from Golling's Arena Dodge in Dayton.

In other business April 21, the trustees approved the expenditure of $68,647 plus $995 in shipping fees for the purchase of a new Compellent storage-area-network computer system to upgrade the township's current system.

The money for the purchase will come from the general fund, with 40 percent of the cost to be reimbursed by Metropolitan Emergency Communications Center members to reimburse their share of the cost in their 2010 budgets. MECC members are Whitehall and the townships of Plain, Mifflin, Truro, Jefferson and Violet.

Trustees also approved expenditures from the fire department's budget of $54,900 for new uniforms for fire personnel, $12,025 for new uniforms for MECC personnel, $14,400 for Firefighter I and II continuing-education training for all fire department personnel and $13,100 for EMS continuing-education training, also by CSCC instructors.

The trustees have scheduled a staff meeting for 10 a.m. Monday, May 4. Their next regular meeting is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. May 19 in the township hall, 155 Olde Ridenour Road.