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Hebron adds another full-time police officer

HEBRON – The police department is getting another full-time officer.

Last month, village council members approved Police Chief Larry Brooks’ proposal to trade three part-time positions for an additional full-time position. The trade is cost neutral.

The department has recently been struggling to find well qualified part-time candidates. The new full-time officer, Logan Nethers, is well known to the department. He started in 2014 as an auxiliary or unpaid officer, later moving to part-time status. He was later called to active duty in the U.S. Navy about a year ago.

Brooks also brought council members up to date on the police garage project. Hebron Police Department was one of six area governmental organizations to receive a $175,000 bequest from the estate of Thornville resident Jack J. Artz. He left $175,000 each to Thorn Township, Thorn Township EMS, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Millersport EMS, Licking County Humane Society and Hebron Police.

The belief is that the cruisers will last longer if they are out of the weather, The plan is for a five-bay garage with an evidence room overflow or large item evidence storage area built on the eastern part of the existing parking lot just beyond the new standby generator. The building would be a pole barn design with the same face brick half wall to blend in with the village complex. Brooks said the original cost estimate was $119,000 which is well below the $175,000 bequest. Council members unanimously authorized him to move ahead with a material spec sheet and bid documents.

Fire Chief Jack Stickradt reported that the department had taken delivery of a new $212,000 medic. It is the village’s first on a Dodge frame. The box is made by Horton. The medic was completely funded with EMS billing revenue.

Now that the Enterprise/ O’Neill drives resurfacing project with Union Township and Jobs Ohio is being pushed back into 2018, Village Administrator Ralph Wise believes about $100,000 will be available to resurface some streets this summer.

After reviewing the streets in the poorest condition, Village Engineer Brian Coghlan of Bird + Bull recommend the following resurfacing projects:

• Basin Street from Main to Broadway;

• Mound Street from 2nd to 4th;

• 2nd Street from Main to South High Street; and

• Cumberland from 4th to Park.

Coghlan listed South 5th and Park Street as optional if the bids were particularly competitive or village council members decided to approve more money for resurfacing. The construction specifications are planing an average of 1.5 inches deep, topped with 1.5 inches of asphalt concrete. Council members unanimously agreed to seek bids for the listed projects.

At the May 10 council meeting, Brooks reported that the department tries to write a few more warnings than citations. The year-to-date split is 159 warnings versus 141 citations.

He also reported that Rx disposal box in the police department lobby took in about 74 pounds of unused pills from June 2016 to now. Only solid pills can be disposed in the lobby. Pills can be disposed in their jars or just placed in a plastic baggy.

Brooks also reported that a local family wrote him to thank Officer Oliver who stayed with the surviving spouse until other family members could arrive after her husband had died.

Wise reported that the village had recently received two awards from the Licking County Safety Council – one for reducing the workers compensation incident rate by more than 25 percent and the other for no lost time injuries in 2016.

Wise said Waste Management, the village’s residential waste contractor in 2016, reported that residents participating in curbside recycling collected more than 17 tons of materials. Most of it was paper at more than 10 tons, followed by about 3.5 tons of glass.

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