Hebron adds three part-time police officers
Last Wednesday night the reinforcements arrived. Police Chief James Dean presented three candidates for part-time officers. “They had very clean backgrounds,” he told council members. “They breezed through their tests.” Council members unanimously recommended them for appointment by Mayor Clifford Mason and then unanimously confirmed his appointments. Part-time officers are currently paid $10.65 per hours though council member Annelle Porter later questioned why parttime firefighters/EMT’s are paid $11.55 per hour.
Dean said he had some more good news to report. Several years ago local, county and state officials worked out a plan to manage traffic when I-70 is closed by flooding or major accidents. Closure dumps thousands of vehicles on US 40 through Hebron and Ohio 79 through Buckeye Lake. The US 40 traffic practically cuts Hebron in half.
The plan called for improved signage which has been installed and for ODOT to provide traffic control at key intersections. That ODOT manpower hasn’t materialized in Hebron, forcing the small police department to try to manage the non-stop traffic itself. Dean reported that the new deputy director at ODOT’s District Five in Jacksontown backs the original plan, including providing personnel to control traffic at all key intersections including those in Hebron. Dean added that Julie Guinn is now in charge of operations at District Five and she is also committed to the original plan.
Fire Chief Randy Weekly said the department made 92 runs in February – 67 EMS and 25 fire. Year-to-date totals are 190 runs – 138 EMS and 52 fire. For the first two months of 2011, 42.63 percent of the runs have been to Union Township and 37.89 percent have been in the Village of Hebron. The Village of Buckeye Lake leads the list of mutual aid runs with 18 – 14 EMS and 4 fire. Licking Township is second at nine mutual aid runs – 4 EMS and 5 fire.
Weekly said he had heard from about 20 firms interested in the village’s request for proposals/ statements of qualifications for the expansion of the Hebron Fire Station. The proposals/statements were due March 14.
During council member comments March 9, council member Pam DeVaul asked if she was the only one “smelling skunk” more frequently in the village. “Does Hebron have a shunk issue?” She was assured that others have been smelling skunks more frequently and that it is likely due to the current mating season.
A special council meeting has been set for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, in council chambers to review the 12 proposals/ statements received by the deadline.
Council’s next regular meeting follows the March 23 special meeting at 7:30 p.m.