Trustees talk joint ambulance plan

BLOOMVILLE — Bloom and Scipio township trustees have been discussing the formation of a joint ambulance district.

Bloomville council members were presented with the proposal Wednesday night. Both townships have approved the district and are seeking the approval of Bloomville and Republic’s councils. Once a joint district is formed, each entity will appoint a member to form a four-member board.

As a joint district, the plan is to place a 1.5-mill property tax levy on the Nov. 8 ballot which would provide a $3.50-per-hour stipend for responders and hire a clerk. By joining the districts, having a squad in service at all times is enhanced.

Council members had a number of questions and plan to invite Bloom Township Trustee Troy Kagy to their next meeting for answers before making a decision.

The police committee reported they also have been discussing a joint venture with the Republic Police Department.

Clerk Janis Weasner reminded residents the trash service change starts April 1. The village officer needs resident information to set up accounts with Double K Sanitation before March 1.

A Neighborhood Watch meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Community Center.

In other matters, council:

• Reminded residents the village office is closed Monday for Presidents’ Day.

• Heard officer-in-charge Don Holmer announce the resignation of reserve officer Mark Fowler, effective Feb. 9.

• Announced trash bags will be available at TJ’s Drive-Thru.

• Announced Seneca Regional Planning Commission annual meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Green Springs VFW.

• Announced a euchre tournament sponsored by the Bloomville UCC church Saturday. Doors open at 6 p.m. at the American Legion.

Council is to meet at 7 p.m. March 1.