Truro mulls meeting room rules; plus other township news


By Tara Figurski
Staff Writer

Truro Township trustee Jason Nicodemus has presented a draft ordinance rental use policy for the township’s meeting rooms.

The policy would establish rules for renting the meeting room and training room at Truro Township Fire Station 161 and the training room at Station 162.

The draft policy states the primary/priority use for the township meeting rooms would be for official township business and or use by all departments or training and education.

When not in use by the township, the meeting rooms can be reserved by civic groups and non-profit organizations provided that they reside in or are based in Truro Township. Rooms may not be used for commercial enterprises, for-profit activities, worship services or parties/receptions. Activities such as aerobics and cheerleading are also prohibited.

Nicodemus said the township has been receiving more requests to rent the meeting rooms.
“I got a call this past week about hosting a bridal shower,” he said.

Trustee Barb Strussion advised Nicodemus to recommend the Livingston House as an alternative to the township facilities.

“I always recommend Livingston House,” she said. “It is a beautiful setting.”

Completion of a written application and scheduling the use of the meeting or training room must be done a minimum of two weeks in advance, the policy states. Permission to use facilities is granted on first come first serve basis. Rooms are available for use from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Station 162 and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Station 162.

The trustees will decide on the rules at a future meeting.

Other Truro news

•Truro Fire Chief Steve Hein said he is purchasing six new portable radios at a cost of $22,617.

In 2016, the township’s analog portable radios will no longer work as the analog system is being replaced by digital communication. Hein said 75 percent of the township’s radios will continue to function after the switch from analog to digital, but 25 percent will no longer work.

His initial thought was to replace a couple of the radios at a time, but he received a 40 percent discount from Motorola and decided to purchase six radios. The department has a 26 portable radios.

“We may need a couple of more at some time but 40 percent off is a great deal,” Hein said.

Hein said purchasing six will allow the township to have one back up radio.

•Beginning July 21, Truro Township residents can participate in ALERT Franklin County, a mass notification system to warn residents about emergencies and other important community news in jurisdictions throughout Franklin County.

The system can be customized to allow residents to select what kind of notifications they want to receive, how they want to receive them and the location they want to receive them for. Residents may opt to receive emergency notifications about severe weather, disasters, crime alerts, road closures, transportation incidents, utility outages, government closings and other important community news.  Notifications can be received via text message, e-mail, cell phone, home phone, etc. To register or ALERT Franklin County visit

Nicodemus said the township can also use ALERT.

“We as a jurisdiction can send out our own community information,” he said.

•Road and cemetery superintendent Stan Knoderer said power to the mausoleum was lost in June. After digging up the underground cable, Knoderer determined a rodent had eaten through the wiring shorting out service.

“Power was restored after the wiring was repaired, encased in conduit and buried back in the ground,” Knoderer said.

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