Jackson Township ready to open fire station

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By Sandi Latimer
Staff Writer

Last-minute work is being done at Fire Station 204 on Buckeye Parkway South and Jackson Township officials are working toward a dedication program.

Township trustees, at their April 8 meeting, decided to hold a public ceremony on May 3 to allow area residents the opportunity to see the township’s fourth fire station. This ceremony will follow the conclusion of Environmental Day at township headquarters on Hoover Road.

Not all the station’s landscaping may be completed by that time since that type of work depends on the weather. However, all furnishings are expected to be in place.

After setting the dedication and ribbon-cutting date, township officials began the task of planning the ceremony, refreshments, tours for the public, and writing invitations that will be sent to dignitaries,

A dedication date had been bantered around for months as one delay after another occurred at the facility where ground was broken in January 2013. It had been hoped to have a dedication last Sept. 11, but it was pushed back repeatedly.

The date of Sept. 11 was chosen to mark the anniversary of the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York. A piece of debris from the collapsed building was obtained and sits atop a time capsule containing items donated by local residents.

In other news

•Trustees approved the annual guideline for cutting noxious weeds and high grass and removal of inoperable vehicles from property. Owners violating the zoning code will receive letters that give them seven days to clean up their property. If not complied with, the township will cut the weeds and grass and assess the cost plus an administrative fee to the property owner’s tax bill.

•At the request of Ohio motorcycle groups, trustees approved a proclamation citing May as Motorcycle Safety Month and encouraging township residents and drivers to heighten their awareness of the vehicles on the highways and look twice to save a life. The proclamation also points out that 245,000 Ohioans ride motorcycles.

•Trustees heard Emersonian resident Burley Dunn complain about conditions in his neighborhood.

He cited such eyesores as over-parked cars, cars with no license plates, businesses operating out of homes, single-family residences being used as a duplex, and a vacant lot being used as a mud run.

“I just want to know what is being done and what can be done,” said Dunn. “It’s stressful to look at my neighborhood and see what is happening.”

Township Administrator Mike Lilly said he has had several conversations with Dunn and many of his complaints were being addressed.

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