Madison Township amends public comment procedures

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By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

Madison Township residents will have two opportunities to provide public input during trustee meetings, but they will not be able to post public comments on the township’s social media pages.

During the April 13 Madison Township trustees meeting, the trustees amended a public comments resolution by adopting a six-month trial period beginning April 13 moving the first public comment section and adding a second public comment session.

In eliminating the posting of public comments on social media after getting an opinion from the county prosecutor’s office, Administrator Susan Brobst said the original intent of utilizing social media was for the township posting of information only.

“I agree with leaving it the way it is,” said Trustee Chairman John Pritchard. “This platform was a way to provide information to residents. I think we need to leave it as information only.”

Trustee Michele Reynolds said the trustees want social media to be a reliable source of information and for people to be able to visit the page as a trusted source.

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•Reynolds discussed the implementation of a voluntary At-Risk Registry for township residents that was developed in conjunction with the township’s police department.

A picture, special needs such as autism, development disabilities, dementia or anyone prone to wandering or running, and emergency contact information is stored for easy access by first responders in the event of an emergency involving the individual.

The information informs officers of an individual’s challenges when they are called to a residence for service and help first responders to better understand the situation before arriving on scene.

“Franklin County has a similar program—Project Lifesaver,” said Police Chief Gary York. “It (township program) would help officers quickly identify key things and have a photo with them in the cruiser. Think in terms of saving time. If a loved one goes missing, those precious moments can be saved. It (the At-Risk Registry) is voluntary. The site is running on our Webpage under Services in the police department link.”

To register yourself, a family member, or someone in your care for the At-Risk Registry, visit the township webpage and sign-up via the electronic form. After submitting the form, also email a photo of the person with a short physical description (hair color, skin color, height, weight, etc.) to policeadmin@madisontownship.org. The photo will be attached to the registry information previously submitted.

“When you help families struggling with situations like this, it takes a huge weight off their shoulders,” Pritchard said.

•More than 40 wooden picnic tables at the park were replaced with all-weather tables purchased through CARES act funding. A tangle of paperwork in order to donate the surplus wooden tables to two non-profit Boy Scout troops, Troop 3101 in Canal Winchester and Troop 622 in Blacklick Estates, resulted in the speedier process of selling the tables to the scouts in two lots at a cost of $1 per lot. The money to purchase the tables was donated to the scout troops.

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