The purchase of a new truck and the reappointment of two individuals to its board of zoning and appeals were among the items of business Prairie Township Trustees took action on Jan. 27.

The purchase of a new truck and the reappointment of two individuals to its board of zoning and appeals were among the items of business Prairie Township Trustees took action on Jan. 27.

At its regular meeting Wednesday night, the board approved appropriations of $73,500 to go towards the purchase of a new dump truck outfitted with snow removal equipment.

Township administrator Tracy Hatmaker said the township will be replacing a three-year old truck that will be sold to a Ross County township for $50,000. The township currently has three trucks and is on a schedule of rotating out one of the three trucks every few years.

"This keeps the resale of the vehicles high," Hatmaker said. "It is a great savings that allows the township to upgrade trucks at an incremental cost."

Trustee Steve Kennedy said the township saves big with such a program in place.

"We have three trucks that we will always try to keep rotated and updated," he said. "We've gotten six winters out of this truck."

The board also reappointed Bill Gallear to the Board of Zoning and Appeals and reappointed Pam Williams as that board's alternate.

When it comes to choosing members of the BZA, the township has been trying something different, Kennedy said.

"I thought it was a good idea to come up with a committee," Kennedy said.

That committee, made up of two township officials and one resident, sits down with a BZA candidate to try and get to know the individual before his or her appointment to the board.

"The BZA is an important board," Kennedy said. "In most cases their decisions are final and if the resident doesn't like the outcome they have to go through the court system."

With the committee in place, he said, residents of the township can be assured that they will have professional people serving them.

In other business, the board declared two properties within the township to be a nuisance because of trash and debris around them. The first is in the 300 block of Hubbard Road and the second in the first block of Evergreen Terrace.

The township will assess the property owners the cost of the clean-up.

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