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Prairie Township

Another fire vehicle needed costly repairs


Prairie Township trustees have approved the second costly repair in a month to one of the fire department’s vehicles.

The board agreed at its March 21 meeting to spend $3,308 on emergency repairs to a fire engine. Trustees had to approve spending $6,500 earlier this month to fix a leaking valve on the department’s tanker truck.

“We had an engine break down while the tanker was being repaired,” Fire Chief Steve Feustel said. “We were running the ladder truck as an engine while it was being repaired.”

Feustel said with the repair already performed on the engine and the tanker back in service this week, the fire department is back at its full strength.

“There was just a number of events that occurred all at once,” Feustel said. “It has been March Madness and not a good month.”

In other business, Township Administrator Tracy Hatmaker stressed the need for a new server. The latest issue has been email, he said: The staff has not been able to use the email system until late in the day.

“The server has quite a few years on it,” Hatmaker said. “Info-Link, our IT consultant, recommends it be replaced.” The board approved spending $6,478 for a new server.

Trustees also approved an agreement that puts the city of Columbus in charge of building inspections during renovations at Darby Woods Elementary School.

The school is expected to go through extensive remodeling and will need either the township or the city to make those inspections, Hatmaker said.

“The school is located in both the township and the city of Columbus,” he said. “We did make sure to OK it with the schools and Columbus has agreed to do the inspections for the rehab.”

The next Prairie Township Board of Trustees meeting is slated for 7 p.m. April 3 at Township Hall, 23 Maple Drive.