Osnaburg Fiscal Officer Susan Pero announces retirement during meeting

By DONNA ROBINSON The Press-News Published:

OSNABURG TWP. -- During the Feb. 11 meeting of the township trustees, fiscal officer Susan Pero announced she would be retiring as of March 31, due to a change in "retirement policy."

The trustees are looking for a replacement to fill the position, until the November election, when the position will be on the ballot. The trustees are hoping to find a replacement soon, so the new fiscal officer can work with Pero, before she leaves. Anyone interested in the position to call the township hall at 330-488-0235. Resumes should be sent to 7115 Hillvale St. SE, 44730, by March 7, by noon. Anyone applying must be a resident of Osnaburg Township, which includes East Canton Village residents.

Trustees Kris Vincent and Richard Pero and fiscal officer Susan Pero gave reports of the recent conference in Columbus to discuss the workings of townships. Vincent stated he attended a meeting about the care of cemeteries. He was shown how maps of cemeteries can be put on the Internet so families could locate a loved one. He said there is a hand-held computer that can direct a person to a grave site they are looking for, but the cost for such an item was very expensive. Other topics included: "the importance of keeping township manuals up to date." Vincent said the township has been keeping up with its manuals. There was also a session on the open meeting laws, which advised that is two or more trustees discuss township business, it should be a meeting open to the public.

Trustee Pero attended a meeting about what trustees can authorization. He pointed out trustees may authorize only one trash collection company to service the township. He was also in a class that learned about "surviving a disaster." Farm-land preservation was another topic at the convention, snow and ice removal and the state budget. Pero said this was one of the best conferences he has ever attended.

Susan Pero also attended the meeting and sat in on the meeting concerning audits. She pointed out that clean audit records can cause the audit cost to be lowered for townships. Under old business, trustee president Vincent, said he received a phone call from Don Meyers, who had attended the last meeting with concerning about snow and ice removal on Sam Krabill Road. Vincent said Meyers was appreciative of what the township has done since this visit.

In the zoning report, Dorothy Bucher turned in $35 for a permit to place a sign on Lincoln Street.

In the fire report fire chief Dan Adams said he had met with the Melissa Morconi, superintendent at Osnaburg Local Schools, regarding their current lock-down policy. He learned the school district is in the process of rewriting the policy and will give him a copy when completed. Adams said he had talked to East Canton Police Chief Derrick Blake asking him to attend a meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Osnaburg Fire Station, but he did not attend. Adams will contact him again to try and set up another meeting. Trustee Donna Middaugh said East Canton Councilman Kurt Geis had attended the last trustee meeting to talk about getting the community leaders together to learn what steps they would take if a disaster takes place in the community.

In another matter, chief Adams said the "ice suits" are in service and the fire department held a training for about two hours. The next time a training is scheduled Adams said he would informed the trustees in case they wanted to attend and watch.

Adams said he has two fire fighter applicants, one is certified , but the other has no training. Adams reported that the 1989 water tanker is leaking water and should not be used. He asked the trustees to consider looking for a replacement. The trustees said if Adams could locate a used replacement, to bring the information to them.

Calls made during the last period included the following: advanced life support -21; fire calls-3; mutual-aid-5 (2 to Nimishillen Township for a motor vehicle accident, 1 to Louisville Fire Department for a structure fire, 1 to Sandy Creek Joint Fire Department and 1 to Canton Fire Department, EMS call while Osnaburg Township Fire Department was on call).

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