Trevorton Fire Company to receive donated truck
TREVORTON - Zerbe Township Supervisors gave their OK for Trevorton Fire Company to receive a donated fire truck, but with some trepidation because the apparatus is not in town yet.
Supervisors Michael Schwartz, Mike Mazer and Gene Geise gave tentative permission Monday to allow the fire company to use the township's tax ID number to receive an engine from a New York state fire company, pending solicitor's Roger Wiest's review of the matter.
It will be a much needed piece of equipment, according to Trevorton Fire Chief Ed Reed.
"We had to put both our engines out of service today due to different problems with the apparatuses," Reed said Monday. "We managed to get one repaired, but we've checked this equipment out and it suits our needs."
By using the township's tax ID number, the vehicle must also be put in the township's name and under its insurance to be transported back to Pennsylvania. Once in town, the truck's registration can be transferred to the fire company, but remains insured by Zerbe Township.
"If the truck gets into an accident between New York and here, we are the ones on the hook for it," Schwartz said.
The other option is to use Trevorton Ambulance's tax ID number, but the insurance issue remains the same. Hearing that, the motion was made by Mazer and seconded by Geise, and approved by a 3-0 vote to use the township's number.
Discussion about emergency crews came up again later in the meeting, when supervisor Geise, the president of Trevorton Community Ambulance, brought up a proposal from the Line Mountain School District to do standby assignments at Line Mountain High School football games and wrestling matches.
"We will be splitting the fees with Americus Ambulance in Herndon, since the school in their coverage area," Geise said.
Again, Schwartz had some misgivings.
"When Trevorton Ambulance is out of service, AREA Services covers the township," Schwartz said. "If there is a life-threatening situation when you are out of the area, that five to 10 minutes it takes AREA to respond could be crucial."
"It's no different than when we are responding to a call in West Cameron or Herndon," Geise answered.
"There is a difference because then you are called in an emergency situation," Schwartz replied.
The board will discuss the situation further and have an answer at next month's meeting.
In other business, supervisors approved a motion to close one lane of Coal Street from Fifth to Sixth Street from now until Sept. 15 for the construction project at Trevorton Elementary School. The closing was approved provided one lane of the street remains open and there is access to a nearby hydrant.
State Rep. Kurt Masser will host office hours at the township building from 10 a.m. to noon Friday and anyone wishing to discuss a state-related issue is invited to attend.
Due to a rash of car entries and thefts in the township over the last few weeks, residents are reminded to keep their car doors locked and not keep any valuables in their vehicles. Any suspicious activity should be reported to Zerbe Township Police.
Police Chief Robert John reported to The News-Item following the meeting that anyone who had items stolen from their vehicles between February 2012 and today should contact the police department. John said a number of items have been recovered from a person of interest in the case.