Friday, April 25th, 2014

New emergency sirens operating in Pleasant Township

Pleasant Township is preparing for severe weather season.

Last year the Pleasant Township Board of Trustees purchased five emergency sirens through the Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Office in an effort to provide weather forewarning for the township’s residents. The five new sirens arrived a few months ago, but due to inclement weather and pole placement problems, not all of them are up and running.

"Three of the sirens are up, and the next two should be up and running by next week," said Chairman Keith Goldhardt at the April 28 meeting.

He said that the emergency siren located at the Franklin County garage on Kropp Road is up, as well as the siren on Zuber Road, which was the first activated. He added one was just placed last weekend, but the plots on Biggert Road and Geirich Road are not active yet.

"The poles there are set, it’s just a matter of hooking up the power," he explained.

He said the only thing that will delay their activation is rain. However, if the forecast calls for clear weather for the next week, they will be up and running within that time frame.

When the last one is installed, Pleasant Township will have a total of nine emergency sirens. The older sirens are located in Darbydale, Georgesville, Harrisburg and on Kropp Road.

Crossing concerns

In recent weeks, the township road department has been monitoring the condition of the railroad located over Denton Road.

"The trestle is in bad shape," stated Jeff Karn, the department’s superintendent.

Karn said the old trestle is flaking and particles of concrete have been falling off the track and landing on the street below.

He had been in contact with the county and RailAmerica, which leases the property from CSX Transport, and said officials told him they would come out and survey the trestle shortly.

"I’ll be calling them every Thursday until they do," he said.

Meeting time change

Effective May 12, the Pleasant Township Board of Trustee meetings will begin at 7 p.m., instead of 7:30 p.m.

The board unanimously voted in favor of the change and the 7 p.m. starting time will remain until November, where they will then revisit the motion.

The meetings will continue to be held every second and fourth Tuesday of each month in the meeting room at the Pleasant Township fire station, located at 5373 Norton Road.

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