Liberty Township trustees on Nov. 21 approved $26,842 for Del-Co Water Co. to install 10 fire hydrants.

Liberty Township trustees on Nov. 21 approved $26,842 for Del-Co Water Co. to install 10 fire hydrants.

Del-Co will install the hydrants and special fittings in the Wyngate Farms subdivision. The subdivision will reimburse the township $10,840.

“We’re trying to address several areas where the water availability isn’t good,” said township administrator Dave Anderson.

Fire Chief Tim Jensen said the township in recent years has had a line item in its budget for installing fire hydrants.

“We review the water system and look for areas where we can enhance and maximize our ability to provide fire prevention to our residents,” Jensen said. Hydrants near buildings also can decrease a property owner’s insurance costs.

The fire department uses a tanker truck to haul water to areas without hydrants.

Normally, Jensen budgets for five hydrants. In this case, it’s 10 hydrants because the Wyngate Homeowners Association wanted to pay for more, he said.

The hydrants will be installed on Wyngate Drive, Wyngate Place, in the 1600 area of Home Road at Perry and Home roads, and Liberty Road near Home Road.

In 2012, Jensen will identify other areas for new hydrants.

Trustees also:

• Approved a replacement policy of $150 per mailbox if township trucks knock down a mailbox.

“I’m torn by this,” said trustee Curt Sybert. “They put these in the right of way because they’re required and then people put in these big huge mammoth things together — the monuments — and some of the repairs can be $200. Without this (policy) we can’t guard ourselves.”

Anderson said, “If somebody’s got a $600 mailbox out there, is it really the public’s liability that somebody put something that ornate out there?”

Sybert said he didn’t think that other areas have such a policy.

Road superintendent Randy Leib said the language came from the city of Delaware, which has no dollar limit. The city turns it over to its insurance agency, Leib said.

• Approved paying the electricity bill for an overhead street light at Winter Road and U.S. Route 23. The cost is about $13 per month.

• Swore in full-time firefighters Cole Tomlin and Daniel Curtiss. Tomlin comes to the township from the Lancaster department and Curtiss from the BST&G Joint Fire District and Berlin Township.

• Approved an amendment to the Campden Lakes Development Plan to allow a patio to be constructed four feet from the side property line; the plan requires 10 feet.

• Approved paying Rumpke $14,385 for recycling bins given to residents to encourage curb-side recycling. The township received a grant from the Delaware Knox Marion Morrow Solid Waste District for the bins. Township administrator Dave Anderson said more than 10 percent of township households use curbside recycling.

• Approved a $3,463 repair to primer pump on a fire truck.