Pictured is the fire at the Millcroft Apartments in Miami Township on Feb. 20, 2020, which left one firefighter and resident injured. Those who fought the fire were given a citation award at the Feb. 16, 2021 Miami Township Board of Trustees meeting. Photo provided.

By Brett Milam

The Miami Township Board of Trustees met on Feb. 16 to discuss a variety of matters.

Steve Kelly, fire chief of the Miami Township Fire and EMS Department presented Unit citation Awards.

The awards stem from the Feb. 20, 2020 fire at the Millcroft Apartments on Commons Dr., which resulted in the minor injury of one firefighter and one resident.

Fire crews were able to rescue four people off of balconies, as well as one woman who lived directly atop where the fire was.

Kelly said any time the department gets an apartment fire it’s a “different animal.”

“We’re talking about multiple units; we’re talking about complex interior stairwells, sometimes we’re talking about apartments that open up directly into those stairwells and are kind of convoluted to get in and around,” he said.

The citation awards were given to those working on the shift that day, totaling 50 people, whose action has “distinguished them from standard performances that’s normally expected,” Kelly said.

Kelly also later noted during his department report that the department received its second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Brian Elliff, zoning director, said hat the McDonald’s on state Route 28 is going to undergo a remodeling, including of the pedestrian circulation by installing a sidewalk to connect to the existing sidewalk on 28.

Miamiville Trailyard, a full-service restaurant co-owned by John Adams, located at Wards Corner Road and state Route 126 near the Little Miami Bike trail, is tentatively scheduled for a St. Patrick’s Day opening after being disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Elliff said. That comes nearly a year and a half after first receiving a 50 percent tax abatement incentive for seven years through the Rural Enterprise Zone program back in September 2019.

The $1.3 million full-service restaurant project is expected to have 15 full-time employees.

Jeff Wright, township administrator, talked about Station 28, one of the three original stations for the fire department, which hasn’t seen any modifications in 15 years for the workspace/sleeping quarters space. He said they would like to first install new carpeting, which they received a $3,200 bid from Dalton GA Flooring. Secondly, the township would like to purchase new furniture for the workspace, including dividers for that combination space. They received a bid of $5,651 from the Office Furniture Source.

The Board approved the two expenditures.

Wright also talked about switching firms for legislative advocacy services, which the township has done since 2017 to help advocate on the township’s behalf as it concerns state and federal legislation and when competing for state-level grants. Government Strategies Group in Cincinnati submitted a bid for the services beginning March 1 through the end of 2021 at a monthly cost of $2,000.

The Board approved the firm switch.

The 2021 Pavement Resurfacing Plan is a go as well, with Wright calling it “very exciting” because they received two bids and the one from J R. Jurgensen came in under their estimate at $2.3 million.

“This is exciting because we’re going to be repaving a new record 15 miles of streets; we’re very appreciative that the voters did three years ago pass the extra 1.0-mill that they respected we would use wisely for them,” Wright said, adding that the gasoline tax raise from the state helped, too.

To put that into context, about four years ago and beyond, the township was averaging about three and a half to four miles of street repaving, he said.

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