EC Councilman wants to set up emergency policy for school district

By DONNA ROBINSON The Press-News Published:

EAST CANTON -- In light of the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn., village council member Kurt Geis is seeking to hold a meeting with officials from the school district and the township to discuss procedures to follow in extreme emergency situations.

Geis said he has sent an e-mail to Osnaburg School Superintendent, Melissa Marconi, township trustee Donna Middaugh and  village mayor Kathy Almasy with his sincere wishes that a meeting might be set up between the leaders. He would like to include the police and fire departments.

Geis said he had three "important" concerns.

1. Does the police department have a procedure in place to handle the initial call and securing the scene until backup arrives?

 2.  Does the fire department have a procedure in place to handle the call and the setting up of a safe initial treatment area until additional assistance can arrive?

 3.  Does the school district have a procedure in place to handle a shooting or stabbing situation in the building or on the school  grounds?   

Geis also wondered if officials from the school district and fire and police departments were aware of each others' procedures. Geis believes it would be beneficial for all to  sit down and discuss  what the  procedures are and what should be set in place.   

Geis informed council he received a reply from superintendent Marconi and township trustee Donna Middaugh and both said they would be interested in having a combined meeting to discuss safety in the school and community.

Council members said they were also in agreement that a meeting should be scheduled. They thanked Geis for his interest in the safety of the students and staff at the school.

In other safety matters, Bill Priest attended the meeting, in the absence of current village administrator John Shirley. Priest will be the new village administrator in 2013, when Shirley retires at the end of this year.  Priest reported residents on South Berger and Church Street had complained about orange water, and the water lines were flushed.  

In other business, council:

• HEARD road salt should be ordered by the end of the year, but since little salt was used last year and this year, might be the same, it was decided to contact the salt company to learn if there was a penalty for an order was placed after December;

• HEARD council member Paul Band read a notice received from Stark County Commissioners about a public hearing being held Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m., at village hall, about a proposed annexation of 10 acres in Osnaburg Township to the village of East Canton (Janice R, Wilson property);

• PAID invoices of $20,293.72 and payroll of $10,052.59;

• RESCHEDULED the next meeting to be Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at 7:30 PM.

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