Fire training discussed with trustees


By Noell Wolfgram Evans
Staff Writer

At the Sept. 19 meeting of the Jackson Township Board of Trustees, topics from controlled house fires to chicken keeping were discussed.

Fire Chief Randy Little shared an update regarding the assistance that the fire department stood ready to provide for the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

“There are 28 federal teams, the FEMA teams, like Ohio Task Force One, they get called up first if there’s a disaster,” said Little. “There are also emergency management agency teams in each state that are formed locally. The receiving state gets to handpick those teams based on resources and cost levels.”

The work by those local teams though is not reimbursable so the department chose not to participate due to the costs they would incur.

Little said, “We do support the federal teams though so we still help where we can.”

Little also reported that arson investigators recently trained with a small burn at a test house on Hoover Road. Additional training will take place in that same location on Sept. 23 with a plan for a full fire for training at some point in the future. An additional house fire will be started for training purposes at a home on State Route 665 in October. Notices regarding this fire will be posted as the date draws near.

Finally, the question as to whether or not the township will allow residents living in more residential areas to keep chickens on their property remains a topic of conversation. Members of the zoning commission are still looking into options and invite members of the public to share their thoughts.

Trustees approved the meeting schedule for 2018. They will again meet twice monthly on every other Tuesday with the first meeting of the month taking place at 1:30 p.m. and a second meeting two weeks later at 7 p.m.

The next meeting of the Jackson Township trustees will take place on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Jackson Township Administration Building. The previously scheduled meeting for Oct. 3 has been canceled.

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