The Logan County Mayors Association held its quarterly meeting Wednesday evening at the West Mansfield Village Hall. Mayors from DeGraff, Huntsville, West Liberty, West Mansfield, Belle Center, and Bellefontaine were in attendance.
Logan County Emergency Management Director Helen Norris kicked off the meeting to discuss debris management, the county’s disaster plan, and support services offered after an emergency like the one that swept through the county at the end of June. Norris says she feels the county handled the aftermath of that storm with efficiency.
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Watch EMA Director Norris speak at Wednesday's meeting
Bellefontaine Mayor Adam Brannon says he agrees with Norris that cleanup crews did a great job.
Listen to Mayor Brannon discuss what's new in Bellefontaine
Norris also highlighted the county’s emergency alert service that alerts residents of gas leaks, boil alerts, severe weather, and other emergencies.
“It lets us call out to the phone numbers of people who live in our community. We use white-page, basic phone number data, and the company that we work with was able to secure also some cable phone numbers. We will have a community sign-up page going up soon…where people can go if they use a cell phone, they can register their cell phones,” Norris said.
Listen to Norris talk specifics about the emergency alert system
The Mayors Association scheduled this year’s Trick-or-Treat for Wednesday, October 31st, the day of Halloween. This is different than previous years when Trick-or-Treat was held on the last Thursday of October.
Logan County Chamber of Commerce CEO Paul Benedetti announced that the Franklin County Drug Task Force will be coming to Bellefontaine to educate and inform parents and grandparents about drug use and how they can prevent their children and grandchildren from becoming abusers. This information session is scheduled for October 25th from 6-10 p.m. at Bellefontaine High School.
The drug education event was one of the reasons the Trick-or-Treat date was moved since it falls on the last Thursday of October. The Mayors Association encourages community members to come out to the drug awareness event to learn how to do their part to help decrease drug activity among youth in the county.
Belle Center Mayor Rhonda Fulmer reported there has been a rash of car break-ins in the village. These “break-ins” are mostly incidents where residents are leaving their vehicles unlocked so they are accessible to thieves to steal anything from loose change to laptop computers.
Logan County Sheriff Andy Smith urges all community members to lock their doors and take extra precaution to prevent these crimes.
The Logan County Mayors Association will hold its next meeting October 17th at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntsville Village Hall.