Planning for 2014 budget begins
Norwich Township officials are beginning to piece together priorities for the 2014 general-fund budget.
The township trustees and administrators met in a five-hour planning session Sept. 9 to begin setting next year's priorities.
The township is expected next year to purchase a new fire truck for Station 83 at Davidson Road, although the truck's purchase is included in the current budget.
The current fire truck at Station 83 will become a backup engine, and the current backup will be sold, Trustee Chairman Larry Earman said.
The township has yet to order the engine but its cost will not exceed $500,000, Earman said.
"We are also looking at new software and hardware updates and purchases next year," Earman said.
The updates are not associated with the change in emergency-dispatching services from the Hilliard Division of Police to the Dublin Division of Police; rather, they are independent upgrades to Norwich Township's own record-keeping systems, Earman said.
The township also plans to purchase new air tanks and masks for the fire department as part of a regular schedule of upgrading its breathing apparatuses.
Other priorities include the purchase of a new backhoe for the cemetery department and the potential construction of a storage facility for the cemetery and fire departments.
"Storage is getting limited and it can be an inconvenience for the snowplows to be in the way of the lawn mowers and the lawn mowers in the way of the plows," Earman said.
In addition, Norwich Township officials are expected to meet Sept. 19 with the Franklin County Engineer's Office to survey roads in the township.
The survey will help determine which roads are priorities for 2014 road-improvement projects.