Butler Township to upgrade fire equipment


By Darrell Wacker - dwacker@aimmediamidwest.com



BUTLER TWP. — The Butler Township Fire Department will purchase new protective clothing and tools after approval was granted by the Board of Trustees on Monday.

Under the resolutions approved, Fire Chief Dan Alig was authorized to purchase six sets of protective clothing from Phoenix Safety Outfitters at a total cost of $14,088. Protective clothing is recommended to be replaced every 10 years according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Grant funds will be used to purchase hoods and gloves for fire personnel. The Bureau of Workers Compensation Firefighter Exposure to Environmental Elements Grant will pay just under $10,000 of the township’s cost for 70 particulate hoods and 70 gloves. Butler Township will pay just $1,991.74 as its share of the cost.

Rescue 88 will get new battery-powered rescue tools as part of the department’s Capital Equipment Replacement Plan. While $50,000 was budgeted, the tools will cost only $33,985.

In a memo to Township Administrator Erika Vogel, Chief Alig noted that the department’s current equipment is over 21 years old and has “outlived the newer metals” on modern vehicles. Alig said the department intends to keep the equipment as a backup. He also noted that the department attempted several times to cover the expense with grant money but had not been successful.

The department will also shed some surplus equipment. After multiple attempts to sell Rescue 88 on GovDeals, the highest bid received was $11,500 despite a reserve initially set at $60,000 but lowered to $28,000. The Trustees authorized Alig to use Adirondack Fire Equipment as a broker to sell the apparatus at the highest possible price. Adirondack would receive 10% of the purchase price as a marketing fee for its services.

The Trustees also declared a 2010 McCoy Miller Medic with 90,045 miles as surplus authorized Alig to sell the vehicle at fair market value.

In other action, the Trustees:

  • Approved the township’s tax rates as determined by the Montgomery County Budget Commission for tax year 2018-19.
  • Approved participation in the Montgomery County OVI task force through September 30, 2019. The task force reimburses the department for overtime and benefits used during OVI checkpoints up to $7,500.
  • Declared equipment in the fire and police departments as surplus and authorized it to sold.

Trustee Joe Flanagan and Fiscal Officer Mark Adams were absent from the meeting.

The Butler Township Trustees are scheduled to hold a workshop meeting on Monday, Oct. 8 at 5:30 p.m. The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. Both meetings are held a the Township Hall located at 3780 Little York Road.

By Darrell Wacker

dwacker@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Darrell Wacker at (9937) 684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.

Reach Darrell Wacker at (9937) 684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.