Residents in Franklin County, including those in Mifflin Township, are invited to attend free safety programs offered through the Franklin County Sheriff's Department.

Residents in Franklin County, including those in Mifflin Township, are invited to attend free safety programs offered through the Franklin County Sheriff's Department.

That was the message from Deputy Zachary Scott during the Mifflin Township trustees' July 21 meeting.

Scott, who is involved in the DARE program and community relations for the sheriff's department, discussed the programs offered through the Personal Empowerment Program. They include a 12-hour self-defense course for women, a three-hour safety program, an Internet-safety program for adults and children and a gun-safety program for adults.

All of the programs are free and open to individuals or churches, colleges or business groups, Scott said.

"We can go to their locations and provide a program for them," he said. "If there's a program you think will help your community in any way, call me and we'd love to help you out in any way we can."

Trustee Lynn Stewart said she believes many women in the township would be interested in a self-defense course and asked resident Dolly Hanning if she could spread the word and get a group together for a class.

Those interested should call Scott at (614) 462-4507.

In other business, the trustees agreed to have the county prosecutor review the bidding process for renovation work to two township fire stations before deciding whether to approve a winning bid or re-bid the work.

Township fiscal officer Nancy White expressed concern about how the bidding process was handled, including changes made to the bidding specifications and the opening date. She said she believes a losing bidder could challenge the results.

The trustees approved the renewal of a one-year contract with Frank Gates Services (Avizent) to be the township's third-party administrator for workers'-compensation claims at a cost of $13,230. They also approved spending $3,326.73 for the purchase of three laptop computers for themselves so they could receive their meeting packets and communicate more directly with constituents and other township officials.

Trustees also approved a number of expenditures for the fire department, which provides service to the city of Gahanna. Expenditures included $14,607.95 for office renovations at the annex, 485 Rocky Fork Blvd.

During their July 6 staff meeting, the trustees approved a contract with Rumpke of Ohio to provide trash-collection services in the township from Jan. 1, 2010, to Dec. 31, 2014.

The trustees' next meeting is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at the township hall, 155 Olde Ridenour Road.

Their staff meetings for August and September, usually held the first Monday of the month, have been canceled.