Madison Township police lauded


A Madison Township police officer responding to a wayward motorist, who had decided to play demolition derby with Madison Township resident Bob Garvin’s truck and use his yard as a thoroughfare, was lauded for his thorough response.

Garvin told the Madison Township  trustees that Officer Brian Schwotzer did "a heck of a job" responding to the situation when the driver came speeding down the Blacklick Estates road, drove onto Garvin’s property, and hit his truck.

"He then decided to drive through my fence and then out through the other side of the fence," reported Garvin during the trustees’ July 23 meeting. "I got a call at midnight to tell me they found the car and then another call telling me they identified the driver. Then they called me on Monday to say the police report was ready."

According to Garvin, the car was found in the Three Rivers area. The owner of the car was located, and was cited in addition to the driver for providing false information to officers regarding the incident.

"I just want to let you know what a great job the officer did and also the police department," continued Garvin.

Other Madison Township news

•The trustees welcomed two new part-time firefighters and approved the promotion of Altan Kellar to full-time status. Ronald Greene and Michael Neely joined the department as firefighter/paramedics following the swearing-in ceremony by Fire Chief Cliff Mason.

•Trustee Jim Hummel acknowledged the endeavors of the youth of the township throughout the run of the Franklin Count y Fair.

"I want to congratulate all of the township kids that participated in the county fair," said Hummel. "It is an amazing number that participated and the kids did a great job."

•Receipts from video service providers are down, as is the revenue from personal property tax, and a pair of financial settlements are yet to be deposited, but the county mandate for a mid-year budget continues.

"This is a budget we only use for county requirements," said Madison Township Fiscal Officer Barb Adams during a brief public hearing for the 2009 annual budget. "We do our own budget in December. We haven’t even received the previous two settlements. We are getting tighter and tighter. Personal property (revenue) is going away. The police department (budget) is the tightest."

•Madison Township Administrator Judy Edwards announced a household hazardous waste collection at the Kmart Operations Center, 4400 S. Hamilton Road., will be held on Aug. 9, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hazardous material such as old gasoline, paint, adhesives, polishes, propane, used oil and vehicle batteries, pool chemicals, acids, drain cleaner, paint strippers, bleach, antifreeze, fluorescent light bulbs, rat poison, insecticides, lawn chemicals and fertilizers, and batteries.

Collection workers cannot accept appliances, computers, asbestos, tires, trash, ammunition, needles and medical waste, and propane tanks over 20 pounds. For  information, call SWACO at 871-5100 or visit online at

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