Township trustees approved the promotion of firefighter/paramedics Cheyenne Wells, James Parmenter and Ron Jahn to lieutenant during the June 23 meeting.
"Each lieutenant has a trait they bring with them," said Captain Merion Jacobs, "and part of the lieutenant’s responsibility is to train their guys. Jahn brings a vehicle maintenance background, Parmenter works for MedFlight and provides CPR classes for the public, and Wells has taken extensive classes in rescue."
Parmenter, who joined the department in 1991, has served as an acting lieutenant and paramedic since 1999.
The company officer received an EMS Star of Life Award in May and serves as a Central Ohio Strike Team member, is the township’s CPR coordinator and first aid/CPR instructor.
Wells has served with Jackson Township since 1993, works for the Hebron Fire Department as a part-time firefighter/paramedic, and has been an active lieutenant for the department since 2002.
Jahn was hired as a part-time firefighter for the township in 1987 and became a full-time employee a year later.
Child safety installation program
Jacobs told trustees five fire department employees are registered for a four-day Child Safety Installation Program starting the end of July.
"We do get a lot of calls for that (car seat inspections)," Jacobs said during a caucus session prior to the regular meeting, "and the same day they registered for the program, we had two people come in and ask about seat installation inspection. There are several fire departments that do it.
"It takes about a half hour per seat and part of the time includes information for parents on installing a seat. I think there is a big need for this type of service and it is something totally new in Jackson Township. When you start doing a program like this, you will find seats that are damaged or expired. We’ll have new seats available and if they can’t afford them, we’ll give them away."
White and McDowell intersection
Administrator Mike Lilly said project bids for reconstruction of the intersection at White and McDowell Roads were opened on June 4. Decker Construction was the low bidder at $1.26 million, which was more than $300,000 below an engineer’s estimate. However, the final cost is approximately 8 percent over costs prepared for the 2007 grant application.
The contract will be awarded on June 30, with construction starting on July 6. The road will be closed on July 13 and re-opened Aug. 21. The construction completion date is scheduled for Sept. 4.
Ice cream social
Franklin County and the township are holding an ice cream social in conjunction with a public input session on the Jackson Township comprehensive plan on June 29 at 7 p.m. James Schimmer, director of the county’s economic development and planning department will attend and provide a brief presentation on the community planning process. The event includes small group sessions and a compilation of group responses.
The county and township are hoping at least 50 residents participate and provide input on land use trends identified in an April survey. A rough draft of the plan is expected to be presented to the trustees in November.