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SPRING 2013 MWASHINGTON TOWNSHIP <br />MARCH — APRIL <br />VOLUME 24, N0.1 MONTGOMERY COUNTY, OHIO <br />GOVERNMENT CENTER <br />DELIVERED QUARTERLY' (93'7) 433-0152 <br />TO ALL RESIDENTS OF RECREATION CENTER <br />CENTERVILLE AND <br />WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP LP1(937) 433-0130 <br />One New Vehicle Will Do the Job of Two <br />he Washington Township Fire <br />Department has purchased a <br />new combination engine/rescue <br />vehicle that provides first response to <br />fires, emergency medical calls and traffic <br />accidents. <br />The engine/rescue enables the department <br />to replace two vehicles, a 1991 fire engine <br />and a 1993 rescue truck "The new <br />in effect, functions as two. It will not only <br />save the department money in the future, but <br />also improves the efficiency and flexibility of <br />our emergency response capabilities," said <br />Fire Chief Bill Gaul. <br />The $574,000 purchase price was offset with <br />a $300,000 Federal Assistance to Firefighters <br />Grant. The engine/rescue has been placed in <br />service at Station 42,45 W Whipp Rd., based <br />The new rescuelengine vehicle (abore) functions as both afire engine and a rescue truck (right). <br />The purchase price was offset with a $300,000 FederalAssistance to Firefighters Grant. <br />on the station's run volume and its relatively <br />central location. <br />Having one vehicle rather than two saves on <br />maintenance costs, notes Deputy Fire Chief <br />Jim Neidhard who chaired a committee <br />of firefighters, command staff and <br />vehicle maintenance staff who developed <br />specifications and oversaw the purchase. <br />New features include a compressed air foam <br />system that combines foam (air and soap) <br />with water to create a fire suppressant that <br />continued on page 2 <br />a;a <br />Recreation Center Starts the Year on a High Note <br />ashington Township <br />Recreation Center began 2013 <br />with growing participation, <br />new programs, and high user satisfaction <br />ratings — all accomplished with less revenue. <br />"Our goal has been to balance our budget <br />while also keeping a balanced offering of <br />recreational activities," said Dave Paice, <br />recreation facilities director. "So far, we've <br />been successful. We'll celebrate the Rec <br />Center's 25th anniversary this year on <br />a high note." <br />Balancing the budget has required a <br />proactive approach, he said. Through <br />attrition, full-time staff has been replaced <br />with cost-effective part-time positions. <br />Savings also have been achieved in the <br />areas of utilities, repairs, capital expenses <br />and supplies. <br />In total, the Recreation Center shaved over <br />$80,000 from its expenses to counteract <br />$82,000 in revenue losses from lower <br />property tax values and state funding cuts. <br />While government and taxpayer revenue <br />declined, income from program fees and <br />grants rose by $66,217, or about 4.5 percent. <br />Fees and grants in 2012 funded about 65 percent <br />of the Recreation operating budget <br />The increase in self-sufficiency is possible <br />areas — including aquatics, art, dance, fitness, <br />aqua fitness, preschool programs, theater <br />classes and many sports classes. Volleyball <br />league signups increased at every agelevel <br />Woodland Lights broke all attendance <br />records, and a new Halloween Howl even <br />attracted 400 people. <br />The number of recreation passes sold also <br />increased with help from a popular new <br />Active 90 Pass that appeals to users who <br />prefer a shorter, 90 -day time commitment <br />Continued oo page 2 <br />because attendance grew in most program <br />