New Albany News

Township auctions off truck; old ambulance could be next


The Plain Township Fire Department sold one vehicle at a public auction at the March 5 trustees' meeting and township officials now are trying to determine interest in an auction for a second vehicle.

Fire Chief John Hoovler said the vehicle that was sold March 5 was a 1996 full-size Ford truck with about 94,000 miles.

During the auction, at least two people bid on the vehicle. The highest bidder was Daniel Smucker, who bid $2,700.

Hoovler said the fire department also has a 1995 ambulance with more than 100,000 miles that has been taken out of service. He said fire department officials considered asking the Delaware Area Career Center if it would like to purchase the ambulance for $1, but if there's interest in another auction, the township could sell it.

Hoovler praised the career center's programming, which includes two courses on firefighting.

Plain Township Administrator Ben Collins said at least one person has expressed interest in purchasing the ambulance and township officials have not yet decided how it will be sold.

Plain Township typically notifies residents of auctions through its quarterly newsletter, which currently is mailed to all residents and emailed to some.

During the March 5 meeting, trustees talked about reducing the costs of printing the publication and mailing it, perhaps sending it electronically only.

This year's cost to print and mail the spring newsletter through Cox Media Group is $2,449.64, according to the township.

Collins said the township has to mail 6,700 copies to reach the 3,500 homes in the township, because the township also includes residents in New Albany and Westerville and bulk mail is used to reach residents on rural routes.

Postage rates have increased, as well, Collins said.

Trustee Dave Olmstead said it may be beneficial to start emailing the newsletter and continue to mail some copies before determining if the township can stop sending out paper copies.

Collins said he already is sending a lot of information via email to residents who have provided email addresses by signing up for Plain Township Aquatic Center memberships, for example.