A word from Dover Township Trustee John Miceli

Head shot Miceli-11A FOR RELEASEIt’s been a relatively quiet year for us at Dover Township. We have “settled in” to our new headquarters on Red Hill; and, as you will see in this newsletter, we are announcing an open house to show the Townships’ residents what the trustees have done to ensure our service remains top-notch.

Those who attend our open-house will receive an overview of the extensive rehab that has been done to this once blighted property. We have made every effort to make the Township headquarters not only visually pleasing but also functional for this and future generations.

Also in this issue, we take a look at the projects completed by our road crew this summer and those approaching this winter. To often we forget the challenge our superb road crew faces on a daily basis to maintain our roads not only for residents but also for the many tourists, school buses and general traffic that use our roads on a daily basis.

Please remember that our doors are always open and we welcome any and all residents’ input. Involved residents only help to make Dover Township an even better place to live and raise a family.

I would also like to remind all eligible voting residents to exercise your right to vote this election day. Please read the article about important reminders for voters.

Residents reminded to register, vote in upcoming election

The deadline to register to vote or submit an absentee ballot for the November 4 general election is quickly approaching. Below are a few important reminders from the Tuscarawas County Board of Elections (BOE) website.

Register to vote by October 30. Residents eligible to vote in the upcoming general election may do so by visiting or calling the BOE (330.343.8819); logging-on to the BOE website; or visiting any public library, public high school, public vocational school, Office of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, or Office of the Tuscarawas County Treasurer.

Submit absentee ballots in-person or via mail by November 3. Any qualified voter may vote by absentee ballot without providing a reason. To do so, visit the BOE office—101 E. High Ave., New Philadelphia—or submit an application for an absentee voter’s ballot online.

Bring your ID to the polls. Every voter will be required to provide proof of identity before voting. Eligible forms of identification include: current and valid photo identification card; military identification; copy of utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check; or government document showing your name and current address.

Visit boe.co.tuscarwas.oh.us for additional voting information, including polling locations and a complete list of general election candidates and issues.

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Dover Township to host open house event

Dover Township officials invite residents to visit and tour the newly opened Township Hall Saturday, October 25 at 11 am.

Held at 2000 Red Hill Road, the open house event will allow residents the opportunity to walk-through the new location, which was transformed from a brickyard to a central hub for officials, road crews, and residents.

Popcorn, hot dogs, and refreshments will be served. The event will conclude at 1 pm.

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Road crew prepares for winter weather

While residents are enjoying fall, the three-man Dover township road crew is preparing for winter with the first delivery of the township’s road salt arriving in October.

Township officials currently have a standing order for 900 tons of road salt to be added to the salt bins this winter. The township’s more than 50-miles of roadways were covered with 1,000 tons of salt in 2013: 150 tons of salt remain on-hand from the 2013 winter season.

Please be both patient and alert this winter as our crew plows and salts the roadways.

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Fire Department, Township—partners in public protection

By Chief Russ Volkert

Over the last two decades, the Dover Fire Department and the Dover Township Office have worked together on numerous public safety initiatives that protect Dover Township residents.

Beginning in the late 1990s, the City and Township—in cooperation with the City of New Philadelphia—installed a combined network of outdoor tornado warning sirens. Due to the vastness of the Township, it has been necessary to place the sirens in the most populated areas. Additional sirens will likely be installed as areas develop and funds become available.

Additionally, Dover Township has spent the last 20 years providing the Dover Fire Department with much-needed lifesaving and safety equipment. This includes the placement of numerous dry hydrants in strategic locations throughout the township to facilitate water shuttle operations when a fire does occur.

In addition, the township purchased a rescue boat, trailer, and the command-and-extended-operations trailer, which the Fire Department updated and refurbished to suit its needs. The township has also matched funds for the Fire Department’s first Incident Support vehicle and provided $150,000 toward major fire response vehicle replacement.

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Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office Offers Safe, Legal Way to Dispose of Prescription Medications

Medicine Drop-OffBy Chief Deputy Orvis Campbell

The Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office reminds the public that their office offers a safe and legal way to dispose of expired or unused prescription medications with no questions asked.

Located in the lobby of the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office—2295 Reiser Avenue SE, New Philadelphia—is a mailbox-style bin that allows the public to dispose of outdated or unneeded prescription medications such as pills, capsules and patches. Liquids and needles cannot be disposed at this location.

The office lobby is open 24 hours a day including weekends and holidays, so the public can remove expired or unused prescription medications from their homes at their convenience. By utilizing the disposal bin, citizens help the sheriff’s office in their efforts to reduce drug abuse and theft of drugs from homes.

For additional information, please contact 330.339.2000.

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Upcoming Events at Norma Johnson Center

Below is a select list of upcoming events at Norma Johnson Center. For a complete list, please visit normajohnsoncenter.com.

October 11
Fall Fest | 12p-5p | Conservation Drive
Donation | $5/car

November 8
Santa’s Workshop | 9a-12p | Brandywine Center
Must register | $35/child

December 6

3p-Celebrate the Season | 5p-Luminary Trail Walk | Red Barn
No registration | Free

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Summer Months Yield Completion of Roadwork, Projects

Starting in mid-May, the Dover Township road crew spent their summer completing various roadside projects throughout the township.

Logging more than 540 man-hours mowing alongside roadways, the three-man crew also mowed all five township cemeteries weekly. This was the first year that the crew added cemetery mowing to their duties.

Six miles of roadways were resurfaced with chip and seal, and one mile was paved. The crew also patched holes and maintained roads throughout the township.

Additional summer projects included replacing several culverts, cleaning several miles of ditches, maintaining all equipment in-house, and preparing for winter.

The Dover Township road crew is comprised of Road Superintendent Doug Kendle, Steve Miller, and Terry Steele.

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