2018-09-13 / Front Page

Thomas Twp. board approves purchase of power unit for Jaws of Life

By Mandilee Hecht

THOMAS TWP. – The Thomas Township Board approved the purchase of a power unit for the fire department’s Jaws of Life during its last regular board meeting on Monday, Sept. 10. The unit, a Hurst ML630 Power Unit, and couplings from Apollo Fire, will cost $13,050.

According to fire chief Mike Cousins, the power unit on Engine 2 for the Saginaw Township Fire Department is at least 20 years old and has been rebuilt twice in an attempt to extend its longevity.

“The advances in this equipment will now allow us to operate two pieces of equipment at the same time while also no longer needing to dump the pressures when switching tools,” Cousins explained to the board.

The purchase will also allow it to update its hose connections for quicker tool change, making all the equipment between the two fire stations interchangeable.

The board also approved the purchase of an additional voting tabulator from Election Source in the amount of $5,295.

With the record turnout for the August election, it is expected the November, 2018 election will surpass the numbers of the presidential election in 2016.

The Saginaw County Clerk’s office informed the township the votes/ballots would not be processed in time using one tabulator, Clerk Ed Brosofski said.

“The additional tabulator will allow for growth in the township, and speed up absentee voter processing on the night of the election,” Brosofski said.

The annual audit for 2017-18 fiscal year was approved during the meeting. The audit was conducted by Smith and Klaczkiewicz, PC. The township received an unqualified opinion, indicated there are no errors in accounting procedures.

Items on the consent agenda included the reassignment of Joseph Giacoletti as fire department captain and the hiring of Stephan Allison as a paid, on-call medical first responder.

Giacoletti is the current assistant fire chief. He will now serve as captain, with specific oversight of the fire operations at Station One.

Allison will be hired on probationary terms, contingent upon successful completion of remaining tests and background checks.

The board also accepted the resignation of Patti Millard as the part-time police department secretary. Effective Aug. 29, Millard decided to move into full retirement; she had previously retired from the State of Michigan.

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