Osnaburg Trustees to meet with others to discuss emergency plan

By DONNA ROBINSON The Press-News Published:

OSNABURG TWP. -- Due to Christmas, the township trustees met on Dec. 27, during which they talked about meeting with the village of East Canton to discuss coming up with an emergency procedures.

Due to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, in Newtown, Conn., trustee Donna Middaugh said she has agreed to a meeting to come up with a plan of action if anything similar would happen in the area. East Canton Council Member Kurt Geis has initiated the meeting and had contacted Middaugh. She pointed out at the township meeting that others involved in the meeting would include representatives from Osnaburg Local Schools and from area emergency units such as the police, emergency and fire departments.

Fire Chief Dan Adams added that he and other members of the department had plans to attend the meeting, which would bring all community leaders together. Although each entity has its own emergency plans, it would be worthwhile to coordinate the efforts and make sure others in the community are aware of the plans. Adams said he will continue to work on setting a date for the meeting, hopefully, in January.

During the road report, a discussion was held about mail boxes being knocked over when roads were plowed during the heavy snowfall that occurred on Wednesday, Dec. 26. It was reported, due to the amount and wetness of the snow, a few boxes where pushed over. The road plow did not hit the mail boxes, but the weight of the snow was the result of fallen boxes. Trustee Kris Vincent suggested residents may want to contact the United States Postal Service to learn how far from the roadway a mail box should be placed.

Tiny creatures seem to be the source of security problems at the township office. Mouse droppings seem to indicate that rodents have caused an alarm to be set off on the security system. However, a plan has been set in place in case to prevent the Stark County Sheriff's Department to respond to a false alarm. At the last meeting of the trustees, the sheriff's department said it may have to charge a fee of $150, if they came out again for a false alarm.

During the fire report, trustees accepted the resignation of fire fighter Todd Earley.

Adams reported the department made 33 calls in the last time period: 28 were advanced life support, one basic life support and four fire calls. There were also two mutual-aid calls, one from Canton Township and one from Nimishillen Township Fire Department.

Adams said to send a paramedic billing to Bartley Ambulance for the use of two Osnaburg Township paramedics that assisted Bartley.

Trustee Dick Pero said Adams had called in for extra help when the weather worsened on Wednesday and the department was called out on several calls. Pero suggested that Adams should be able to call extra help, as needed, without first asking permission from the trustees. The trustees agreed this should be set in place and will include this topic in their reorganizational meeting, which was scheduled to be held on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

In other business, the trustees:

• SWORE in Cameron McClain as an employee of the fire department;

• RECEIVED from zoning inspector Dorothy Bucher $150 for a permit to build an addition to a truck washing business, and Bucher Dorothy pointed out the company will create a system for recycling the water used, but approval is also needed from Stark County Regional Planning.

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