A 21-acre parcel of land on North Road owned by Orange Township will not be considered as a site for a possible multimillion-dollar community recreation center.

A 21-acre parcel of land on North Road owned by Orange Township will not be considered as a site for a possible multimillion-dollar community recreation center.

The land, on the west side of North Road just north of Lewis Center Road, once was considered as a possible location for a center. It likely will be left as an open field that might connect to some future leisure trails.

At their meeting Monday, Aug. 20, Trustees Rob Quigley, Lisa Knapp and Debbie Taranto approved paying $8,159 to EMH&T engineering and surveying consultants to conduct a topographical survey of the parcel.

The survey will help, in part, to determine if there are any constraints, such as wetlands, that would limit future use of that land, said Parks Director Beth Hugh.

She told trustees the North Road site was eliminated during a recreation center feasibility study conducted this year by Pros Consulting of Indianapolis.

The firm was hired in December by the township to conduct the $55,750 study to determine such things as community interest in a center, as well as an estimated cost and a location.

Several other potential sites will be discussed by consultants during a special public meeting to be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at the Township Hall, 1680 E. Orange Road.

Trustees also approved a resolution supporting Delaware County commissioners, who plan to seek an Innovation Fund Grant from the state to study who should provide EMS services in the county. There is a Sept. 14 filing deadline for that grant application.

Fire Chief Tom Stewart told trustees such a study would guide the county and local fire departments, such as Orange Township, on the best way to go with EMS services.

The county provides EMS services as well as a number of fire departments, such as Orange. Some have said that is a duplication of services. A study would help determine the best use of tax money for providing services.

Stewart said he hopes all the local departments and government entities will support seeking the grant for the proposed study.

Also at this week's meeting:

• Hugh told trustees she has looked into a county tree-eradication program targeting dead trees in rights-of-way.

Tree companies are hired through a bidding process by the county to cut down dead trees, mostly ash trees, along certain roadways to eliminate them as safety hazards.

Knapp had suggested earlier this year that the township remove dead trees that could be a hazard. She said a resident of Orange Road contacted her about dead ash trees along the right-of-way on his property.

Taranto and Quigley also said they have safety concerns about dead trees.

The township has not allocated money for tree removal, but Quigley said it makes sense to look at removing dead ash trees in rights-of-way along major roads such as Orange Road.

Tree Barber, a company that took part in the county bidding process, has estimated it could remove about 50 dead ash trees in the township at $400 per tree, Hugh said. Another 10 larger trees could be removed at $1,000 apiece. That would be a $30,000 price tag if Tree Barber is used.

Hugh said she will prepare an action plan for removing trees and get back with the trustees.

• Township officials will hold off spending money to upgrade the security system at the Township Hall until determining what the cost would be to replace the system.

Electrocomm, which provides security systems at the hall, North Orange Aquatic Park and the fire stations, would charge $7,795 to have card readers installed on office doors at the hall.

Key cards currently are needed to access outside doors during non-business hours.

Quigley said the idea is to upgrade security. Knapp suggested perhaps the whole system should be replaced. Quigley said that would be expensive. Knapp noted the current security system is aging and replacing it throughout the township could be the best route to take.

Hugh said she will look at the costs of replacing the system and will report back to trustees at a future meeting.