Trustee Notes

By John Miceli

Hello fellow Dover township residents!

It was pretty much a “normal” winter, if there is such a thing in Ohio. I believe the township road crew did an outstanding job of clearing the roads of snow and ice in a timely manner. In most cases our township roads were cleared and in better shape than the county and state roads. As you traveled on our township roads this spring, you saw firsthand the damage the winter frost had endowed on them. By the time of this writing our township road crew has repaired most of the winter damage with completion scheduled soon. It’s spring again, and what a wet one it is. This weather pattern has brought its own challenges with rain washing and filling the road culverts with leaves, sticks, litter and other debris. This requires the township to regularly check all culverts to make sure they are clear and water is not causing a hazard on the road or diverting to private property. A wet spring will bring a bumper crop of road side foliage for the township to maintain.

The financial outlook is for Dover Township to have the stress of increased operating costs with less money available. As always, your township officials continue to be very frugal with your money. This year we will not have the road resurfacing program that was employed in previous years. In prior years we have been very aggressive on resurfacing roads, and because of this, we will have decent roads and be able to operate within our current budget constraints.

You have probably heard Dover Schools would like to build a new high school. As a Dover Township resident, most of you pay taxes to the Dover School system. As a tax payer, you should stay informed of the developments as the Dover Board of Education is planning to put a tax issue on the November ballot. Your trustees are committed to staying on top of the issue, as this will affect every person in the Dover School District.

Lastly, if you have any comments, recommendations or advice on the Township newsletter or if you would like to have it delivered electronically, please contact us at Dovertownship@wilkshire.net.

Originally published in the First Half 2011 Newsletter. Download here.

Summer Programs Offered by the Extension Office

OSU-ExtensionMany programs, most free of charge, are available this summer for anyone looking for information on gardening, food preservation, and canning basics. Topics include “Guided Canning”, “Hands-on Canning”, “Jams and Jellies”, “Food Preservation” and others. As we all look to save money in these tough economic times, these events will provide valuable information for you and your family. Contact the Extension office at 330.339.2337 for further details, or visit their website at http://www.tuscarawas.osu.edu.

Originally published in the First Half 2011 Newsletter. Download here.

Weather Safety

By Russ Volkert, Dover City Fire Chief

This spring in particular should serve to remind us all just how unusual weather patterns have become; it is undeniable that there has been a significant change from what we considered “typical” Ohio weather to less predictable patterns. Storm “seasons” seem to have fallen by the wayside- it used to be that we considered a “Tornado Season” for Ohio when tornadoes were more likely to strike, but in recent years we have found that tornadoes may strike at any time. We have also seen events like thunderstorms in the wintertime. It seems that the current conditions, caused by a “La Nina” weather pattern have brought excessive rain to our area and while we have been fortunate so far with little flooding, we need to be aware and prepared for high water and related issues. Following are some points to consider.

1- It takes very little water depth to incapacitate a vehicle and leave you stranded in rising waters. DO NOT TAKE A CHANCE TO CROSS FLOODED ROADWAYS UNLESS THERE IS MINIMAL DEPTH AND YOU ARE VERY CONFIDENT IN CROSSING. If you can’t see the road surface through the water, don’t even consider taking a chance, and even if you can and the water is several inches deep or more, don’t take the risk!

2- Do not allow children to wade in flooded areas, drains, culverts, catch basins and the like create a powerful suction force when water is passing through them and a foot or a leg can easily be sucked into an opening and draw the victim down into the water; in this manner someone can easily drown in water that would otherwise be deep enough to wade in easily.

3- Flowing water usually is moving faster than it appears and can exert an enormous amount of force, especially if you get pinned against something- even a relatively modest flow can trap someone so forcefully that they cannot overcome the force of the water.

4- Objects floating in floodwaters can create a “trap” on the surface of the water, first knocking a victim off their feet and then passing over them, trapping them underneath.

5-If you are driving in an unfamiliar area it is far better to attempt to drive onto an unknown but safe route than to risk driving onto a flooded roadway- let’s face it, in this, the age of cell phones and GPS, it is almost impossible to get lost, and even if you do get lost and don’t have a cell phone, a little time and gasoline wasted is not worth risking your life. Lastly, the following comes to us from the National Weather Service.

Turn Around Don’t Drown™ (TADD)
TADD is a NOAA National Weather Service campaign to warn people of the hazards of walking or driving a vehicle through flood waters.

Q: Why is Turn Around Don’t Drown™ so important? Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather related hazard. The main reason is people underestimate the force and power of water. More than half of all flood related deaths result from vehicles being swept downstream. Of these, many are preventable.

Q: What can I do to avoid getting caught is this situation? Follow these safety rules:
-Monitor the NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, or your favorite news source for vital weather related information.
-If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, canyons, washes etc.
-Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Turn Around Don’t Drown™
-Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. NEVER drive through flooded roadways. Turn Around Don’t Drown™
-Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.
-Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

In closing, please be aware of your surroundings and environment, this will help keep you safe in any circumstance. Too often in this modern age we are too much in a hurry, too distracted and thinking too much about relatively unimportant day-to-day concerns to simply pay attention to what is going on around us. As a result we see more auto accidents, more ill-considered decisions (like driving into floodwaters) and more unnecessary risks that wind up harming our citizens and their loved ones. Take care and stay safe!

Originally published in the First Half 2011 Newsletter. Download here.

Township Zoning Information

Dover Township is zoned. Please be aware that changes or additions to your property need to meet all zoning requirements. More information is available from the Township Zoning Inspector, Dave Weber
He is at the township office on Mondays from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Save time and money; please obtain any needed permits prior to starting your projects.

Originally published in the First Half 2011 Newsletter. Download here.

Sheriff’s Office Receives HIDTA Funding

SheriffBy Sheriff Walt Wilson

The Sheriff’s Office has received grant funding from the Ohio High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Domestic Highway Enforcement Program (DHE). The initial award is for $12,250.00 and has been allocated for the purposes of purchasing equipment and paying for overtime hours to more aggressively attack drug trafficking and other criminal behavior taking place on our highways.

The vast majority of this grant will be used to pay deputies to target drugs on our roadways. Interstate 77 and other roadways that run through our County are proven routes of travel for both small and large level drug couriers. In recent years, Tuscarawas County has seen a consistent increase in the use of heroin and the illegal use of prescription drugs as well as the constant presence of marijuana and cocaine. This has a direct negative impact on our community evident by the increase in other types of crime including thefts, burglaries and robberies.

As a result of this grant, we will be able to combine intelligence and manpower with the goal of getting some of these individuals off our streets and prosecuted. The Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office welcomes information from residents about drug dealers and other criminals. Callers may remain anonymous. Our office can be reached at 330-339-2000.

Originally published in the First Half 2011 Newsletter. Download here.

Get Involved: 7th Annual Community Summer Walking Challenge

Sign up for this Fit Youth Initiative sponsored activity, Summer Walking Challenge, beginning May 1 at any of the public libraries in the county, the YMCA, Super Fitness or the Tuscarawas County Health Department. The program is free and available to all walkers, ages 3 and up! Record your personal walking effort on a “tracker” and earn a t-shirt if you walk 30 hours or more by August 1 and return your walking tracker at the end of the program. Program details are explained fully in a brochure received when you register. Deadline to sign-up is June 15.

Originally published in the First Half 2011 Newsletter. Download here.

Norma Johnson Center News

Traveling Butterfly Exhibit Is Coming Back to the NJC
“All A Flutter” will be returning to the NJC Center from July 18-31. Hundreds of visitors have enjoyed experiencing butterflies ‘up close and personal’ the past several years. Lots of hands-on activities are available for the children.

Summer Children’s Programming
Looking for children’s activities close to home this summer? The NJC has lots to offer! Registration is required; cost is $3.00/child or $9.00/family. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Tuesday programs, Interacting with Nature, include pond dipping, camp survival, dragonflies, birds and their beaks, and more. Thursday programs, Crafting at the NJC, include paper mache, tye dye, garden stones, candle making, and more. Several Saturday Specials are also planned.

Upcoming events for all ages include bird banding, a fishing derby, and several Picnic by the Pond evenings. Items for sale for your backyard are available. Check out the bird feeders and rain barrels. Contact Marsha Zoller at 330.339.7976 for more details on all the scheduled events. Visit the website at normajohnsoncenter.com, or find us on Facebook.

Originally published in the First Half 2011 Newsletter. Download here.

Winter Report

The township road crew did a great job of keeping the township roads cleared of snow and ice this past winter season. There was a large amount of ice to deal with this year. Supplies used included 900 tons of salt and an additional 300 tons of ash mixture. The roads were salted 34 times and plowed 13 times. Repairing pot holes required the use of four tons of cold mix. The crew also spent two weeks cleaning up downed tree limbs and repairing damage from the February 1st ice storm. Thanks to the guys for working long days helping to ensure the safety of our residents traveling on our roads.

Originally published in the First Half 2011 Newsletter. Download here.