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Dry Hydrant Talks Continue in Monroe Township (Audio Included)

The Monroe Township trustees had their second November meeting Monday night.  A light agenda was highlighted by two topics.

Plans to have dry hydrants installed and operating by the fall of 2013 in the township are proceeding without any apparent obstacles.  Dry hydrants provide two advantages for township residents.  Water would be more readily available in case of a fire.  Presently, water has to be transported approximately 8 miles.  Second, because response time would drop, insurance rates would drop because losses incurred because of the fire would decrease.

Trustee Don Bradley reported that several factions have to be included in the process.  Homeowners, the EMS, the USDA are among groups that need complete understanding of how the system will work.  Getting all groups on the same page takes time.

Bradley noted that 10 potential acceptable locations for hydrants have been identified.  Getting three hydrants installed from those ten would make the system operable.

The second topic has been a regular item of discussion for several years.  The township has always gotten their salt to put on roads during the winter from Logan County.  Trustees have explored the possibility of building their own salt barn and getting their salt from a company like Morton Salt out of Cleveland.

Bradley asserts that the township is not unhappy with Logan County’s service and that comparative costs are similar.  The basis of the discussion is to determine whether area roads would be treated faster if the salt and grid supply was in the township.

 The trustees will only meet once in December, specifically on the 20th at 7:00 p.m.

Don Bradlley updates on dry hydrant project.

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