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Supervisors discuss fire equipment

Brown Township meets to talk use of ballfield

REEDSVILLE–The Brown Township Board of Supervisors discussed purchasing new emergency equipment for the Reedsville Fire Company. Daniel Aumiller, the Fire Chief of the Reedsville Fire Company brought the idea to the board.

The equipment is called a Knox box: a high-security lockbox. The is mounted on the address side of a building and contains keys for the front door, electrical rooms and other points of interest that may be locked. This allows quick access for emergency responders, letting them cut response times, minimize injuries and protect property from forced entry in an emergency situation. Over 14,000 fire departments law enforcement agencies and government entities use the Knox Box.

The box utilizes a power key system; You must first enter a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to open the box and obtain the keys.

The cost of the Knox Box is about $1,000. The township plans on purchasing two of these boxes for the fire company by using already-collected Brown Township fire taxes. Brown Township supports the Reedsville Fire Company each year with a $190,000 fire tax stipend.

Bob Wilson, of the Reedsville Athletic Association, attended to update the board on the lease on the ball field when the season arrives. Areas of discussion included adding advertising on the fences and at what times the public will have field access. The Reedsville Athletic Association also petitioned the board for the right to dedicate the field. The board agreed, so long as an appropriate name was chosen.

In other business the board:

¯Approved the final 2020 proposed budget.

¯Filled the two alternate seats on the Brown Township Zoning Hearing Board.

¯Filled the vacancy on the Brown Township Planning Commission.

¯Approved the application and a change order for the playground pavilion.

The board will next meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16. These meetings are open to the public.

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