JT renames cemetery

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There is no Thomas Seeds buried in Thomas Seeds Cemetery.

Jackson Township Administrator Mike Lilly told township trustees he recently learned the Hoover Road cemetery is misnamed.

"Descendents of the Seeds family are scattered across the country and asked why the cemetery is called Thomas Seeds Cemetery because there was no Thomas Seeds," said Lilly during a Nov. 27 meeting. "A review of our records and county data supports this claim. The earliest Seeds was James Seeds, who settled in this area from Ireland. We will rename the cemetery the "Seeds Family Cemetery."

The cemetery is one of five maintained by the township and is located on southern Hoover Road close to the Pickaway County line. According to the GenealogyBug.com Web site, the cemetery covers three-quarters of an acre and was established in 1855 on 1,000 acres of land originally owned by James Seeds. He was born Down, Ireland around 1743 and passed away in Jefferson Township in 1825.

In other discussion, trustees decided to hold a resolution amending a trash hauling and disposal agreement with Local Waste Services. A company representative said rises in fuel costs are severely affecting the company, which burns approximately 6,500 gallons of gas a month and was recently billed $3.43 per gallon, compared to $1.60 when the contract period began two years ago.

During a caucus session preceding the regular meeting, Trustee Steve Bowshier reported he could not find any place in the township agreement where the company could pass along a fuel increase to Jackson Township. Bowshier also said he was bound to what the township originally agreed to and expected the other party to do so.

"We have a lot of unanswered questions about raising trash fees in Jackson Township," commented Trustee David Burris before the issue was tabled.

A memorandum of understanding with SWACO for improvements to Young Road was approved by the board. Trustee Bill Lotz said the resolution was needed so the solid waste authority can provide access for 18-wheelers into a natural gas reclamation area.

"This is a big step forward to get some good out of the landfill," remarked Lotz.

Four new part-time and two full-time firefighters, Perry Radi and Dan Levesque, were sworn in by Burris at the end of the evening meeting. Dustin Bradbury, Andy Cox, Mike Duffy, and Brad Mathias joined the Jackson Township Fire Department as part-time employees.

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