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Logan County Mayors hear brief from county EMA director (Audio included)

The Logan County Mayors' Association met for the first time in 2013 Wednesday evening at the Sloan Library in Zanesfield.

Logan County EMA Director Helen Norris briefed the mayors on the agency’s recent activities.

The EMA received a $107,750 Homeland Security Grant for a mobile communication tower. The tower will be used to support the local EMA as well as other agencies throughout the area in emergency situations.

An EMA Preparedness Grant worth over $31,000 was used in collaboration with Richland, Stokes, and Washington Townships to install three sirens in the Indian Lake area. With the three sirens the Indian Lake area is under 100 percent siren coverage.

Finally, Norris discussed the Logan County Alert System. The system is used in emergency situations to inform citizens on how to stay safe and receive information. The system operates using white-pages telephone numbers. Click here for more information on the alert system and how to register your cell phone in the system.

Norris discusses her report to the mayors.

Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Paul Benedetti discussed a buy local campaign in cooperation with the Bellefontaine DECA program. The campaign is designed to make the public aware of the benefits of buying locally. Out of the seven percent sales tax, 1.5 percent of that tax remains in Logan County when items are purchased in the county. The funds generated are then used to fund the jail, court system, health department, and many other community activities.

Benedetti comments on the buy local campaign.

Logan County Commissioner Dustin Wickersham spoke about the Moving Ohio Forward Program. The program helps to take down dilapidated homes. The county could have some costs to pay per home torn down. A lien could possibly be applied to the property to help cover the county's cost of having the home torn down.

Wickersham also gave an update on the progress at the courthouse. The commissioners are currently selecting a criteria engineer to do a specific design of the tower. Then they will look for contractors to do the work on the tower. When work is complete, the tower will look exactly like it did before the June 29th storm.

While there are no offices currently in the courthouse, the commissioners are looking at other parts of the building to see if there is any other work that can be done. Some possible areas of review are HVAC, windows, and the roof.

Wickersham also noted that all the services provided in the courthouse will be moved to the Carnegie Building at 120 East Sandusky Avenue next month. The probation office is still located in the JDC and common pleas trials will continue to be held in Bellefontaine Council Chambers.

Logan County Sheriff Andy Smith reported that two deputies have been added to the force. One is a patrol deputy and the other is an investigation deputy. The sheriff's office currently has 14 patrol deputies and three investigation deputies.

Bellefontaine Mayor Adam Brannon stated that the city ended 2012 with a balanced budget for the first time since 2008. The city had $844.67 more revenue than expenses. He also reported that the city has received the final approval from the state controlling board for the $500,000 Clean Ohio Trail Fund Grant to complete the Simon Kenton Bike Path from Urbana to Bellefontaine.

Huntsville Mayor Bill Jenkins and West Mansfield Mayor Scott Robinson noted that both of their communities received a letter from the United States Postal Service on reducing window hours at their communities’ post offices. A hearing is scheduled in each community and meeting details are highlighted in the letter sent to residents.

DeGraff Mayor Gary Comer reported that Jeff Clevenger was hired as the operator at water treatment plant that serves DeGraff and Quincy. He also noted that Tom Taylor was hired as an assistant for Clevenger.

Russells Point Mayor Robin Reames explained Councilman Steve Reid was named President Pro Tem at the last council meeting.

Zanesfield Mayor Mike Coder expressed his appreciation to the volunteers that helped clear the snow in village following the recent snow storms.

Mayor Brannon was re-elected chairman for the association and Belle Center Mayor Rhonda Fulmer was elected secretary/treasurer.

Mayor Coder was re-appointed as CIC Mayor Representative and West Mansfield Mayor Scott Robinson volunteered to be an EMA Executive Board Mayor Representative.

Bellefontaine Mayor Adam Brannon looks forward to 2013.

The Logan County Mayors' Association will meet again on April 17th at 6:30 pm in the Russells Point Municipal Building.

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