Trustees appointed an interim assistant fire chief.
By VIRGINIA ROSS
NORTH LIMA — Beaver Township is looking into buying a new ambulance.
After meeting in executive session earlier this week, the trustees gave the township’s Emergency Medical Services department the OK to gather information, including specifications and prices, of ambulances for consideration.
Officials said the ambulance the township uses recently had some mechanical problems causing it to be out of service frequently. As a result, the township often has had to rely on private ambulance services to transport residents, they said.
Officials said a new ambulance could cost the township about $125,000. They said they are hoping some of that cost could be covered through various grants they are researching.
The trustees said they intend to vote on whether to proceed with the purchase next month. If a new ambulance is purchased, the one the department now owns would be used as a backup.
In other news, the trustees have appointed Scott Rice interim assistant fire chief to replace Eric Carlson. Carlson resigned because of additional responsibilities at Dickey Electric, where he is employed full time.
Rice is expected to serve in that capacity until the fire department has its annual election in December. Township officials did not specify Rice’s salary for the part-time position. Carlson, however, was earning $440 a month as assistant fire chief.
The trustees also announced they are accepting applications for fire chief until 4 p.m. Aug. 17. Last month, Fire Chief Gary Borman, who has been with the department 32 years, informed the trustees he intends to retire sometime this year.