There’s plenty to eat, explore locally this summer

Looking for fresh, locally grown products? Check-out area open-air and farmers markets:

  • Every Wednesday, Tuscarawas Valley Farmers Market, 3-7p, Tuscarawas County Fair Grounds, Ends October 7
  • Monday-Saturday, 9a-6p; Sunday, 10a-5p; Gooding’s Farm Market, Route 39, Dover
  • Monday-Friday, 81-6p; Saturday 8a-5p; Sweetwater Farm, Buckeye Street, Sugarcreek

The First Town Days Festival, an Ice Cream Social at JE Reeves Home, and the Zoar Harvest Festival–these are just a few events held locally this summer. For more events and a summer vacation guide, visit traveltusc.com.

A word from Dover Township Trustee John Miceli

Head shot Miceli-11A FOR RELEASEIn this issue of the Dover Township Newsletter, we’re focusing on all things summer—including events in and around Dover Township and township road projects of which residents should be aware. We’re also asking for your opinion on electric aggregation. If you have not yet signed up for our digital newsletter, please do so as it features additional content.

Last fall, the Dover Township trustees and staff hosted an open-house event to showcase our new location. Nearly 50 residents gathered to view the facility, meet with township officials, and check-out the equipment. We want to thank those who attended and encourage all to look at the pictures from this event on our website.

Speaking of our website, please remember to visit it if you have not yet done so. On www.dovertownship.us you’ll find our digital newsletter, all of our forms, full zoning book and map, and fees and rates.

And finally, we would like to wish our Zoning Inspector Hubert Egler all the best in his retirement. Hubert served Dover Township from 1996 until 2015 and will be missed around the township office. Dave Weber has accepted the position of Zoning Inspector.

Trustees Request Resident Input on Electric Aggregation, Offer Rate Comparison Guide

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By Dover Township Trustee John Fondriest

The Dover Township Trustees have been asked to consider adopting an electric aggregation program that would affect all Dover Township residents. What’s that mean? The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) describes it as this:

“In Ohio, local communities are allowed, by law, to join their citizens together to buy electricity as a group and thereby gain ‘buying power’ to solicit the lowest price for the group’s electricity needs.”

According to my most recent electric bill from AEP, “a new supplier must offer [me] a price lower than 7.8 cents per KWH” in order to save me money. That’s my price-to-compare rate. Armed with this information, I did my research, and here’s what I found.

A good example of an electric aggregation program is Stark County’s Jackson Township, which adopted electric aggregation in 2010 and detail the benefits of their program on their website. It states that AEP customers within their township receive a 3% discount off the price-to-compare rate through their aggregation program. If Dover Township adopted a similar program, I would be locked into a rate of 7.566 cents per KWH through the program.

I also entered my address in the PUCO Apples to Apples comparison chart and found that there are 39 companies with rates lower than my current one—with variable and fixed rates starting as low as 6.39 cents per KWH. Most of those—29, to be specific—beat the rate I would receive through Jackson Township’s electric aggregation program.

Given this information, the Dover Township Trustees have decided to take a wait-and-see approach on electric aggregation. Residents who would like to voice their opinion on this matter are asked to complete a brief survey here.

Want to compare your energy rate options? Here’s how to get started:

Remember: these rates are only for generation services and do not include the distribution and transmission rates. Read the offer details and terms of service carefully before signing up with a new provider. Dover Township and its officials intend only to inform residents of the PUCO Apples to Apples comparison feature and are not endorsing any electric company or offering.

Road Work Planned This Summer

Dover Township residents should practice extra caution while traveling along township roadways late this summer. The township will begin a 1.5-mile repaving initiative at the end of summer along Bair Road. Five miles of chip and seal will begin on Kneuss, May, Funk, Weller, and Pleasant Hill Roads at the end of July.

Please also be aware of our road crew as they mow and patch along roadways throughout the township all summer long. The crew will also be maintaining all five township cemeteries this summer.

According to Trustee John Karl, the Dover Township road crew spread 750 tons of salt over 50 miles of roadway this winter.

Township Residents Benefit from Dover Fire Department’s New Equipment

The Dover Fire Department recently acquired its first four-wheel drive ambulance and has added a new plow to its brush truck—both critical for runs made in severe weather. Purchased for approximately $200,000 last summer, the ambulance features a four-wheel drive Dodge truck chassis—much stronger than the previously purchased cutaway van chassis. The new unit is expected to run for 16 years as both a frontline and reserve response vehicle. Previously purchased ambulances are only used for 10 years. “The department can expect a longer service, so the amortized cost is actually lower per year,” said Dover Fire Chief Russell Volkert. “These are investments in our citizens’ safety and protection.” As with all ambulance service costs, the Dover Fire Department purchased the new ambulance utilizing ambulance fund revenue. The brush truck plow was purchased by Dover Township to help the fire department get to residents in need of EMS, Fire or Rescue services. DSC06810-001

Sheriff’s Office and ADAMHS Board Create Re-Entry Program

Sheriff by Tuscarawas County Sheriff Walt Wilson

The Sheriff’s Office has partnered with our local Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board to tackle a serious issue that is plaguing our jail facility. Unfortunately, our jail is filled with individuals suffering from addiction and/or mental illness, and we are not equipped to handle these issues. Many of these individuals are repeat offenders.

In an attempt to deal with this problem, the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office and our local ADAMHS Board met regularly over the past year to share information on medication costs, counseling services and intervention strategies for our inmates. As a result, it was determined that a re-entry program was needed along with a full-time position dedicated to improving communication and coordination between our criminal justice system, our offenders and our community-based outpatient providers such as Community Mental Healthcare and Personal and Family Counseling Services. Our local ADAMHS Board provided funding for the program and position, and Seana Todd Fortune was hired to fill the position last December. The Sheriff’s Office thanks our local ADAMHS Board for their continued support and partnership. This partnership allows us to address this complex issue with the proper resources, which will hopefully reduce recidivism in our jail.

Summer Fire Safety Tips from Dover Fire Department Chief Russell Volkert

Before you hand your children those sparklers this Fourth of July weekend, remember that—while sparklers and firecrackers are fun to look at—they can burn at more than 1,000°F, have the potential to set fire to clothing, and often cause injuries to both the hands and face. Children are at a greater risk of injury because of their excitement and curiosity. If you purchase sparklers for children, follow these guidelines from the National Council on Fireworks Safety:

  • Obey the local laws, and use common sense.
  • Always read and follow instructions. Always have an adult present.
  • Keep burning sparklers away from clothing and flammable objects.
  • Use sparklers only outdoors, away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Light only one sparkler at a time.
  • Alcohol, fireworks and sparklers do not mix. Be responsible.
  • Do not point or throw sparklers at another person.
  • Children under the age of 12 should not handle sparklers.
  • When finished, place used sparklers in a bucket of water.