MADISON TOWNSHIP ─ Seven part-time firefighters will boost the workforce of Madison Township Fire Department.
Township trustees approved the recruitment at Monday night's meeting. The fire department currently has 14 full-time firefighters and several part-time personnel.
In his request for the approval, Captain Jeff Pate, acting fire chief, said the department has had numerous part-time personnel resignations and “currently are having problems with staffing on an ongoing basis.”
Chairman Trustee Dan Fletcher was amazed by the number of the new hires and said it did not make any sense.
“We’ve been begging for part-timers and then all of a sudden, you get seven,” he said.
The trustees also accepted another resignation of a part-time firefighter on Monday. Trustee Jim Houser said that person is going to take a full-time position at Shelby Fire Department.
Additionally, the trustees opened bids for replacing two metal culverts on Annadale Avenue. Fletcher said an estimate of the construction from the county engineer was $74,809.70. Great Lakes Demolition Company of Vickery became the only and the apparent low bidder with $61,427.
The same company is also doing Hannah Road culvert replacement project for Madison Township.
However, after the meeting adjourned just before 8 p.m., trustees found another proposal in the township office’s mailbox. According to the township website, trustees received the submissions until 7:30 p.m. on Monday and officially opened and read it to the public.
Fletcher did open and read the proposal from Great Lakes Demolition after 7:30 p.m. But no one found the other bid before the meeting that started at 7 p.m. No one knew when it was delivered.
Fletcher said nothing like this had happened before and he will research the solution on Tuesday. Trustee Catherine Swank suggested consulting the assigned county prosecutor for the issue.
In other businesses, the trustees voted for the removal of a radio tower behind fire department station one on Expressview Drive. It will be done by H &T Demolition at $1,500. The company is also demolishing the building next to the station.
Swank said the radio tower was mainly for the fire department but there was the ham radio antenna as well. All the equipment was moved to the water tower when it was built.
Fletcher said the radio tower has been an eyesore and the fire department has tried to take it down several times.