After much discussion, the revised 2013 township fire contract was approved by the Nappanee Board of Public Works and Safety Monday night.
Union Township Trustee Bob McLean was present at the meeting. The only revision to the contract was adding ambulance service to the language of the contract and clarifying Union Township boundaries covered by the Nappanee Fire Department.
The revised contract doesn’t add additional cost to the townships as patients will be billed for ambulance service as they have been. Mayor Larry Thompson wanted it noted in the contracts that both fire and Emergency Medical Services respond on a fire call and have always done so, without there ever being a contract for EMS. Thompson also pointed out that many personnel are cross-trained.
The revised contract also clarifies boundaries in Union Township, which go north up Ind. 19 to the north side of C.R. 48, C.R. 46 to C.R. 7, and on the east side down U.S. Highway 6 to C.R. 17. The only change to what the boundaries were before is on C.R. 46 from C.R. 7 to C.R. 9. Officials said they felt Foraker Fire Department was closer on that stretch of road and could respond quicker.
Thompson had said in a previous meeting that if a call comes through on the boundary line that both departments will respond and once the scene is secure, the chiefs can decide who is needed in order to avoid confusion. The cost for the contract remains $10,300 annually for 24-hour, 365 day coverage.
The board received six proposals for work to be done on the Nappanee Center, specifically the roof and overhang area. Submitting proposals were: R. Yoder Construction, $89,500; Weaver Home Improvement, $56,962; Nate Yoder Construction, $61,000; JayH Construction, $73,750; and John Mast Construction, $71,450.
Director of Chamber of Commerce and Redevelopment Jeff Kitson will review the proposals and bring his recommendation to the next board meeting.