Township fire inspector retires after 37 years; plus other township news

By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

Messenger photo by Linda Dillman
Retired Madison Township Fire Inspector Jeff Fasone (left) receives a flag commemorating his 36 years of full time service to the Madison Township Fire Department from Fire Chief Derek Robinson (right).

Madison Township Fire Inspector Jeff Fasone is hanging up his hat—somewhat—after retiring from full time service that started with the township fire department in 1987.

Fasone, who said he still plans to help out on a part time basis, was promoted to lieutenant in 1994, interim chief in 2018, and joined the fire bureau in 2019.

Madison Township Fire Chief Derek Robinson told the Madison Township trustees at their Jan. 23 meeting that Fasone was the last person to serve in the township’s dispatch office.

“You have been instrumental in the transition for me,” Robinson said before presenting Fasone a flag that flew over all township firehouses.

Other Madison Township news
•Robinson reported the department responded to 10,721 calls for service in 2023. Over 8,500 were EMS related and 2200 were fire related. The statistics reflect responses with mutual and automatic aide partners as well.

•According to Madison Township Police Chief Gary York, his officers responded to 35,753 calls for service including 2,474 traffic stops and made 63 OMVI arrests.

“All of our officers did a great job,” said York. “They’re very active out there.”

•York asked the trustees for approval for a letter indicating the township’s intent to purchase two 2025 Ford police cruisers this year. He said the manufacturer still needs to fulfill 2024 product orders before starting on 2025 orders. He has used the same process for the last two years as vehicles become harder to obtain.

“It puts us in line,” said York, who also announced the department received a partial $32,615 award for body-worn cameras. “That is not the full amount, but it is better than nothing. It’s great news.”

•A free women’s self-defense class will be held on March 23, 9 a.m. to noon, at the community center, 4575 Madison Lane. The class is limited to 30 participants who can register online at policeadmin@madisontownship.org or call 614-836-5355 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

•In 2023, 355 nuisance properties were identified with violation tags, which resulted in 129 township issued nuisance letters. There were 61 assessments on 34 properties totaling over $30,628.

“The tags are definitely working,” said Madison Township Administrator Susan Brobst.

•The township’s electric and gas aggregation programs end this year in the spring. Brobst said rates are lower because of the weather and suggested the board might consider securing pricing at the February meeting.

Board members agreed with the administrator to continue offering budget billing and waive fees for residents joining or exiting the program.

“That has, in the past, eliminated some suppliers,” said Brobst, who said she will share information and updates with the Groveport and Canal Winchester councils.

•There is a new county zoning inspector assigned to the township and the administrator said she is looking forward to working with the inspector on several long-time issues. Residents with violations can expect little tolerance for non-compliance. Cases sent to the prosecutor are moving through the system much faster, with fewer cases being continued.

“It’s been too complacent for too long,” said Brobst. “Residents in the past have been very non-chalant and that’s going to change. There’s going to be some complaining.”

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