NORTHFIELD CENTER – Township trustees are considering switching health care insurance plans for employees, which is expected to save on their annual premium. They initially discussed the possibility at a March 2 work session.

The township currently offers a plan through Anthem, and the contract expires April 30. Township Administrator Steve Wright said if a switch is made, the township would have to let its third party administrator know by April 1.

Wright said if the township stays with its current plan, the premium is expected to increase, while going with a Medical Mutual plan would result in a savings of about $5,800 over the current premium. The premium this year is $83,831, while the new plan premium would be $78,008.

Wright said a new plan would not have any impact on employees.

Meanwhile at the trustees’ regular meeting, they approved purchasing a 2020 Ford F-250 pickup truck from Valley Ford Truck Inc. to be used as a salt and plow vehicle for the service department. The price is $34,558.

Also approved was the purchase of a V-plow for the truck from Northfield Power Equipment at a cost of $6,250. Trustees held off on buying a Boss VBOX salt spreader for the truck pending a check of whether enough funds are available in the appropriate fund. The item would cost $5,990.

Three old township vehicles will be sold via an online auction. They are a 1996 Ford F-150 pickup truck, a 1991 International 2 1/2-ton dump truck and a 2006 Ford F-350 pickup truck. The latter two vehicles have plows and salt spreaders.

The township will pay Cargill Inc. $45,000 for salt this winter, and Service Director Rick Youel will seek another 500 tons of salt for an estimated $36,000 through the Community, University and Education purchasing consortium for the 2020-21 winter season.

Youel said so far this winter, 300 tons of salt have been used, and the township still has 500 tons on hand.

Youel was authorized to secure proposals from architects to create plans for possible construction of a safety building and an addition to the service building. If trustees decide to go ahead with the project, the safety building would be moved to the service department site.

Purchase orders were approved to Landmark for diesel fuel and GetGo for gasoline for $6,000 and $5,000, respectively.

The township will schedule an informational meeting with residents of Kitner Boulevard, Oviatt and North Oakmont drives and Shady Lane to discuss drainage and flooding issues, and how to address them.

Public hearings are planned for April 6 and 13 at 6 p.m. to discuss implementing an additional $5 permissive motor vehicle license fee.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Department reported it logged 888 calls in the township in the first two months of 2020, and issued six summonses for junk vehicles. The Macedonia Fire Department responded to 50 emergency medical calls and eight fire calls in February.

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