He added that this program allows residents to borrow a tool instead of buying a tool that they may only use one time.
According to the Tool Lending Center Program guidelines, most tools must be returned within 24 hours of pick-up. But, borrowers may request extensions.
Lowrey explained that he was “a little nervous” about tools being returned, but Hutchinson told him that from his previous experience with a lending program in Fairborn the non-return rate wasn’t as high as expected.
The guidelines explain that any tool not returned “will be considered theft and will be reported to the Clark County Sheriff’s Department.”
“We hope the citizens utilize it for their needs as the years go on, especially in the summertime,” Lowrey said.
Some of the tools were purchased by the city from the city’s planning and zoning budget, but others were donated, Lowrey explained.
Tools available include lawn mowers, weed eaters, leaf blowers, shovels, rakes, pruning shears, hoses, gas cans, saws, extension cords, a shop vac, a stud finder and many more.
“I think once people find out what we’re doing and what’s available, it’s going to be great,” Hutchinson said.
The Tool Lending Center is operating on a call-only basis for right now, but Hutchinson said they are planning to add hours as residents begin to request tools.
A ribbon cutting for the Tool Lending Center is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 4.
For a full list of tools or more information, search for City of New Carlisle, Ohio on Facebook, call the planning department at 937-845-9492 ext. 20 or email Hutchinson at email@example.com.