Township trustees revisit marijuana ban; hear fire department updates

Vermilion Township Board of Trustees met for a regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 4.

Building and zoning update: Building Official/Zoning Administrator, Robert Kurtz, reported for September the Zoning Department issued 7 zoning permits ($1,136.75) and 1 address sign ($15.00) with a total fee collection of $1,151.75; the Building Department issued 19 permits with a total fee collection of $4,867.25 and total valuation of work being done at $755,663.00.

Fire department update: According to fire chief Frank Triana, between September 20 and September 30, the department responded to 13 EMS assists, three accidents, one car fire, one field fire, one smoking furnace, and one public assist.

Finley Fire was on station Thursday, September 28th, 2017 to conduct pump test for our larger apparatus.  Both engines; the tanker and the rescue truck pumps were tested and passed testing.  The technician did note that the rescue truck pump is beginning to show signs of age and wear.  The Chief will keep an eye on this pump.

Both 812 and 841 were serviced at Liberty Ford on Friday, September 29th.  The only issue is the tread wear on 841 and replacement tires were ordered and installed Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

Triana also shared that they will have trick-or-treating at the fire station at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31.

Marijuana ban: Mr. Kurtz informed the Board the one-year ban on medical marijuana is set to expire in November; whereas, the Board will need to make a decision whether they would like to allow it and where they would like to allow it or ban it completely from Vermilion Township.  A motion was presented to ban marijuana permanently in Vermilion Township regarding distribution, dispensaries, cultivation and production using the Erie County Prosecutor’s Resolution. A resolution will be prepared for the next meeting.

Barnes Road property: Trustee Dickel informed the Board, the parking lot on the Barnes Road property has been completed as discussed.

Motions passed: The trustees approved a motion for the purchase of Health, Dental and Vision Insurance through the Ohio Insurance Service Agency, Inc. and adopt the option OPEC $5,000/$15,000 Rx4 Plan Deduction from Medical Mutual of Ohio Benefit Plan effective January 1, 2018 until December 31, 2018. They also approved a motion authorizing to pay the Erie County Emergency Management (EMA) 911 service fee for the year 2018 at a cost of $3,251.83 to be payable to Erie County Commissioners.

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