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10/6/2020 - Greensburg Board of Works - Click here to print this information

The Greensburg Board of Works met on Monday.

There was a public hearing held for the finalization of the Covid Grant. On April 22, $250,000 was awarded to the city and provided them as small business grants. The full amount was distributed.

Police Chief Brendan Bridges and Fire Chief Nathan Stoermer presented their Wellness policies for their departments. Together they sat down and talked about physical and mental abilities in their departments and how they can improve them. The fire department already has a physical agility test and now the police department will be adding a test that will occur once or twice a year. It will include an agility course that officers will run in full gear. There will be a fit for duty test that officers will be able to take that will work on a point system where officers can earn points by passing physical exams and taking care of their mental health. They would like to incorporate a mental health program that is readily available for both officers and firemen. The fire department is running on a level system of 1-5 where if a fireman is less than three they do more training and if they are above a three they get rewarded. They have also brought in a nutritionist to help with their diets. The board felt that this needed to be revised a bit better as it seemed like more of a rough draft. This was tabled.

Wastewater Plant Superintendent Jeff Smith came to the board requesting the purchase of a new vehicle. In the old vehicle the engine is almost completely shot. They got 3 quotes for a new vehicle and 1 for a used which was more expensive than the other options. The board approved the purchase of a new truck for $21,795.

City Engineer Ron May came to the board requesting to preform a rate study on storm water utility. This project has been in his mind for about 5 years. The purpose is to investigate what kind of rates are imposing compared to the revenue they would be creating. And it is also look at the quality of the storm sewers. Rates would be established on equivalent residential unit typically. Since we are an MS4 community the wastewater would pay for the study. This would be considered a revenue creating utility and would need to be looked at under a board perhaps even the water board. This was approved to continue moving forward.

Josh Tressler came to the board requesting to add a duplicate internet service provider for the county and city government operations. They currently have internet connections with ETC however if anything were to ever happen to the ETC building they would be completely left in the dark. Hence the reason for a secondary provider. The ETC new ownership does not affect anything on the deal. This was approved.

Washington Township Trustee Christian Rust presented the new fire contract with bond language in paragraphs 6 and 7. The bond would be a 6 year bond to help pay for the 2 fire trucks that the township has already purchased for the GFD. They technically have enough money to pay for the trucks out of their own account, however they would like to keep some of their cash balance on hand. Both city and Washington township would pay a tax on this and the price would be dependent on how much each property is. The board felt unprepared to discuss this as it would be raising taxes. The motion was made to table until a Special meeting on October 12 at 5:30 pm. This was approved.

The claims were approved.

Morgan Schofield
WTRE News
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