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CALCUTTA — St. Clare. Township trustees gathered Monday afternoon for their regular meeting, agreeing to pass a resolution calling for the renewal of a $3.4 million fire tax for five years. According to Jordan Williams, who chaired the session in Jim Sabatini’s absence, the levy, which will be voted on by township voters in the Nov. 8 general election, would generate $427,800 a year for the 2023 tax years. to 2027. Tax Officer Deb Dawson was asked to deliver the approved resolution to the Columbiana County Board of Elections by Aug. 10 for inclusion on the ballot.

Trustees also:

— Sell a 2013 Ford Taurus that is no longer in service with the police department to an individual, as permitted by the revised Ohio code. The vehicle is worth less than $2,500, so it doesn’t need to be publicly announced, Williams said.

— Hired Bruce Barrett as part-time mower operator for the township.

–Accepted a $1.85 million loan from the Ohio Public Works Commission’s State Capital Improvement Program for the next phase of Columbia Drive. Last October, Dawson applied for the 30-year interest-free loan to complete the project, which would allow for the construction of a new roadway and a connection to McGuffey Drive. Williams said that’s been a long-time goal for the township’s Blue Ribbon Commission. The cost of the project is expected to be $2,360,729, with the township’s share being only $250,000. County commissioners use a portion of their American Rescue Plan Act funds in return, allowing the township to reduce the debt obligation to $1,860,729 funded by the OPWC loan.

— Agreed to pay Been There, Cut That Tree Service $600 to trim three trees on Sidehill Road.

– Approved the Township’s 2022 Multi-Highway Paving Program, which is expected to cost the Township only $105,164.49 after receiving grant funds to help offset the initial cost of $366,089.41.

Representatives of LifeTeam Ambulance were present at the meeting to question administrators regarding the upcoming renewal of a paramedic request agreement on October 1 that designates North Star Critical Care as the “first call” for all police related matters requiring paramedic services in the Township of St. Clair.

The arrangement is renewed every year, and they asked why their company would have been designated “backup” service provider.

Williams said he had heard too many stories about them “Struggling with response time” and said they would revisit it at the second trustee meeting in September. Lifeteam representatives said they should either reconsider the arrangement or choose a service provider for each side of the township. Otherwise, he takes it as a sign that the trustees “must want us to leave the township.”

They have an office in St. Clair Township, but are struggling to keep it staffed.

Trustees have also paid $308,000.96 in bills and are scheduled to meet again at 4 p.m. on Monday, August 1.

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