The Mifflin Township trustees approved a couple of routine program payments during a brief regular meeting Sept. 21.

The Mifflin Township trustees approved a couple of routine program payments during a brief regular meeting Sept. 21.

The trustees approved paying $13,230 to Frank Gates/Avizent to manage the township's participation in the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation Retrospective Rating Program for the coming year.

At the trustees' Sept. 7 staff meeting, Andy Frank of Frank Gates/Avizent explained that participation in the program for the second year in a row will qualify the township for a refund from the state of nearly $92,000, according to a projection from the Ohio Township Association and based on claims history through June 30. That refund would be spread out over the next three years.

Gates also said the township should qualify for the bureau's "group rating" program, which would result in even more savings, in 2012. To qualify for the "group rating" program, an entity needs to have a good claims history for four years in a row, something the township has not experienced since 2006.

The Retrospective Rating Program takes into account only one year of claims history.

The trustees also approved the expenditure of $7,560 for annual Telestaff service and support from Principal Decision Systems International.

Fire chief Jim DeConnick described Telestaff as an automated scheduling and notification system for the fire department when personnel call in sick or schedule vacation.

DeConnick also announced that an open house will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, at Station 131 on Rocky Fork Boulevard. Activities for adults and children and a visit by MedFlight will be part of the event, he said.

In other business, code enforcement officer Steve Blake reported that a home at 2256 Rankin Ave. was demolished recently after the trustees approved a $3,500 contract with Brewer & Son at their Sept. 7 staff meeting to demolish the structure.

Blake said the dilapidated home was the source of safety and health concerns and a magnet for criminal activity.

He is in continuing discussions with Franklin County officials about funding options for demolitions of other eyesore homes in the township, Blake told the trustees.

"If there is any way we can do another one, that would be great," he said.

During their Sept. 7 staff meeting, the trustees unanimously approved a motion increasing service director Calvin "Mac" McKnight's pay by $5 an hour effective Sept. 5. The trustees noted that McKnight has not had a pay increase in several years and that they appreciate everything he does for the township.

The trustees also approved a motion in favor of a $3 per ton rate dumping fee increase for 2011 and 2012 proposed by the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio after hearing a presentation by Jeff Cahill, SWACO's assistant executive director, and Lynda Sudderburg, the chief financial officer.

The SWACO advisory board was scheduled to meet Sept. 29 to discuss and vote on the proposed increase, revenue from which would be used to rebuild and/or repair transfer facilities and eliminate debt financing.

The trustees will hold a staff meeting at 10 a.m. Oct. 4 and their next regular meeting at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in the township hall at 155 Olde Ridenour Road.