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Trustees get security advice for former church

UNION TOWNSHIP – Soon the Union Township building on Beaver Run Road should be one of the most secure in the township.

“We’re taking it slow and easy, making sure it’s done right the first time,” said Union Township Administrator Paula Greene. The township is preparing not only to house the Union Township Police Department (of which Greene is also captain) in the new building, but also provide facilities for sheriff’s deputies to write incident reports when they are patrolling or dispatched to Union Township. The Licking County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging deputies to write their reports at local secure facilities, as opposed to writing them in their cruisers while their engines idle and burn fuel.

Monday night, Licking County Sheriff’s Deputy and Community Relations Officer Nick Pease attended Monday night’s trustees’ meeting to discuss deputies’ security needs, however; the details were discussed in executive session, meaning the public and media were excluded under Ohio’s Sunshine Law.

“We’re in the designing stages for the best use of the building,” said Greene. “We’re working on special needs for law enforcement officials.” She hopes to move law enforcement operation into the new building soon, but doesn’t want to rush the process. “We’re all anxious to forge ahead,” said Greene. She believes that once the security work is complete, the new buildings will be a “great facility” for law enforcement and emergency services groups countywide to use for meetings and training.

Trustee Rick Black said the Farm Bureau, in conjunction with the OSU Extension Office and local fire departments, wants to rent the facility June 24 to simulate an agriculture accident for training purposes. The simulation would only be for fire and rescue units, he said. “This is still in the planning stages,” said Black. He said the simulation should cost roughly $1,500 and local businesses are contributing to the cause.

Trustee President John Slater said trustees should establish a rental agreement for the facility. He added that the training would likely cover how to deal with grain entrapment in silos and what to do when someone is trapped beneath agriculture equipment.

In other township news:

• Slater said the trustees would explore hiring a professional company to help trim large tree branches from power lines. “First of all for safety and so we don’t kill these trees,” he said. Slater said the township’s aging equipment couldn’t be fitted with blades and saws large enough to trim some branches. Township crew leader Dave Cable will identify the areas where help is necessary. Trustees have no estimates on costs for service yet.

• Slater said the township has used roughly 800 tons of salt this winter, which is well within the estimated amount. He said many residents have commented positively on the township’s snow removal and appreciate that the township is moving away from using grit on snowy roads.

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