Wednesday, November 15, 2017 (Brookville Star) - Council approves Clay Township fire contract:

(by Brookville Star Managing Editor Kevin O'Boyle)

At the Nov. 21 meeting of Brookville City Council, a new and revised contract to provide fire and EMS service to ~lay Township was approved. The service is coming from Brookville and two other departments.

The new contract, which covers the period of Jan. 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2019, covers the same period of time as the other two fire service providers to the township, the villages of Verona and Phillipsburg.

Brookville Law Director Rod Stephan said that the new contract, per a recommendation from the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office (legal provider to the township), does not include payments for administrative costs to the township.  Stephan said that the few new items, the new contract contains the same terms and conditions as the previous one.

City Manager Gary Burkholder. was asked by Council Member Mike Duncan about the proposed detour for when the Arlington Road bridge over Interstate 70 is shut down for re-construction.

Burkholder responded "we need to get that detour broadcast out as much as possible."

That official state of Ohio Department of Transportation detour map has not been distributed to the Brookville Star.

Burkholder did report that the bridge project and shutdown. is expected to take 150 days when started in the spring of2018.

Resident Kim Cheatham asked once again about cost figures for the recently completed, and sold, Foothill Drive project.

That project included the purchase of a foreclosed home by the city, the remodeling of the home and the sale.

Cheatham asked what the sale price was, to which Burkholder said $97,000.

Burkholder did state that the city did not have ''All of the final figures" on the project.

Cheatham said that she felt that the city took a loss on the project and that;she was"disappointed that you never Set a budget" for the project.

Mayor Dave Seagraves commented that he thinks the residents in the Terrace Park neighborhood "don't consider it a loss" with a home that once sat empty is rehabilitated and now occupied.

Burkholder echoed Seagraves' comments. "We did it the right way and it raised the values of the neighborhood," Burkholder said. "It is a positive contribution."

He also said that the city was not in a position to give complete cost projections because of the scope of the project and the fact that project estimates kept coming in.

City Council met in regular session on Dec. 5 and is scheduled for its final meeting of 2017 on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Brookville Municipal Building, 301 Sycamore St., Brookville.