Prairie Township's annual contract with the Franklin County Sheriffs Department, set to cost $316,157 this year, was approved by trustees at their Jan. 25 regular board meeting.

Prairie Township's annual contract with the Franklin County Sheriffs Department, set to cost $316,157 this year, was approved by trustees at their Jan. 25 regular board meeting.

The township saw a 4.2 percent increase from last year's contract.

Township administrator Tracy Hatmaker said the two patrol cars it employs are on the job at any given time. One patrol car is out seven days a week and the second car is employed five days, he said.

"We feel that they do a good job," Hatmaker said.

According to information provided by the Franklin County Sheriff's Department, deputies traveled across the township 81,427 miles and put in 8,848 hours on the job protecting the citizens of Prairie Township.

The sheriff's department was dispatched a total of 5,515 times throughout 2010, with the greatest number of responses - 574 of them -occurring in June. The department responded to 171 emergency 911 hang-up calls, 418 felony in progress runs, 663 back-up runs, 2,642 record checks, 66 felony arrests, 378 misdemeanor arrests, 425 prisoners conveyed, and 75 OVI arrests, to name a few of the highlights on the 2010 statistics.

In other business of the board last week, trustees approved extending workers compensation at a cost of $157 to the fire department's chaplain who is not a paid employee.

"He provides spiritual support to the fire department," Hatmaker said. "We believe it is prudent that this person is covered while on the premises."

Trustees also approved the appointment of Bruce White to the township zoning commission and Lee Shoaf to the zoning board of appeals. Both reappointments and are for five-year terms ending in December 2015.

On the recommendation of the road superintendent, trustees also agreed to continue leasing uniform shirts from Cintas, but purchasing the other parts of the uniform. Trustees approved the expenditure of $3,500 to lease and purchase portions of the uniform.

By purchasing a portion of the uniform, employees maintain it themselves, saving the township $2,300 annually, Hatmaker said

The next board of trustees meeting is set to take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 23 Maple Drive.