On the record — Brookfield, Warren Township

Brookfield

WHAT: Township trustees meeting Tuesday

PRESENT: Ron Haun, Gary Lees and Dan Suttles

Trustees:

• Reported that with fire Chief Keith Barrett’s retirement in December, they will advertise for a new fire chief. David Coffy is serving as interim fire chief;

• Heard from Haun trustees will look at the possibility of gas aggregation with Dominion Gas. He said the issue would need to appear on the ballot and be voted on by residents;

• Heard from resident Mary Wheeler, who suggested trustees contact Hartford Trustee Rebecca Whitman on getting assistance on grant writing. Firefighters are applying for two Federal Emergency Management grants, with cost for a grant writer at around $7,500 if they receive the grants;

• Will meet with the volunteer fire department on a lease agreement for the fire banquet hall to address who will clean the hall for events and related costs;

• Hired John Welsh on an ”as-needed basis” to fill in for a road department worker off for surgery at $12 per hour, not to exceed 30 hours;

• Heard from Road Superintendent Jamie Frendebrug that vehicles need to be removed from roads when snow parking ban is issued. Police will begin ticketing violators who previously received warnings. He said when there was near 8 inches of snow recently, too many vehicles were on the road, causing plowing problems;

• Heard from several residents concerned of increased truck traffic with five planned gas wells off state Route 7 near Wyngate Mobile Home Park;

• Tabled for further review having Township Administrator Dan Faustino seek out a collection agency for unpaid emergency medical service bills and assign a member of the fire department to gather the unpaid accounts data;

• Approved the sale of a 2005 Ford Taurus in the police department;

• Set a special meeting 6 p.m. today for executive session on employment of personnel.

— Bob Coupland

Warren Township

WHAT: Trustees special meeting Tuesday

PRESENT: Kay Anderson, Ryan Yoho and Ed Anthony

Trustees:

• Discussed getting estimates to repair part of the flat roof at the fire department after some damage caused by heavy snow and ice from a recent storm;

• Met with department heads for road, police, fire and zoning to discuss goals for the year;

• Are continuing negotiations with the police department union, whose contract expired Dec. 31. Anderson said the five full-time officers represented by the union are working under a contract extension through April 1;

• Heard from Anthony that he has spoken with attorney Mark Finamore on preparing documents for the demolition of four properties in the township, with trustees to officially act on the matter at the Jan. 23 meeting.

— Bob Coupland

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