Lake orders ethics training PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 09:58
Lake Township Trustees are implementing ethics training. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
MILLBURY - In the wake of a scandal involving the fire chief, two firefighters and a police officer, the Lake Township Trustees are implementing ethics training.
At Tuesday's meeting, the trustees agreed to contract with Workplace Resources in Toledo for two ethics workshops for all employees, including the part-time firefighters.
After the meeting, Chairwoman Melanie Bowen said this was "absolutely" in response to the fallout from the Feb. 9 wedding of part-time firefighter Steve Sims. His brother, Scott, a sergeant with the police department, got so intoxicated that two firefighters decided to administer saline from a township fire station to him.
At a special meeting last month, the trustees accepted the resignations of Fire Chief Todd Walters and married firefighters Richard and Michelle Hallock, who gave the saline to Sims. Sims has been given a five-day suspension from the police department. Trustee Ron Sims, who is the father of the Sims brothers, did not vote.
"Sometimes you think you're doing a nice thing and it blows up in your face," Bowen said. "I find it very sad."
Mike Hornyak has been named acting fire chief.
Bowen said the trustees will let the dust settle for possibly a few months before deciding on conducting a search for a new chief.
Tighter protocols on medical supplies will also be implemented, she said.
Also at Tuesday's meeting, the trustees accepted the resignation of Mike Hornyak II, who is the acting chief's son. He is going to college and has a full-time job and can't meet all of the firefighting requirements.
In other business, the board:
• Officially approved a 10-year tax abatement for EPI Global, which is building a new facility near the township administration building on Moline-Martin Road. Owner David Levinson said that since the business started in 2008, revenues have increased "fourfold" and employees have grown from five to 15. EPI last month agreed to pay the Lake School District $10,000 a year in return for the tax abatement.
• Approved spending $2,212 for two sensors used on hazardous materials calls from IE Monitoring Instruments, Worthington.
• Hired Federal Field Services, Wauseon, to do the annual maintenance inspection on four outdoor sirens for $1,600.
• Contracted with Ace Sanitation, Holland, for $1,495 for portable restrooms at Fireside Park.
• Approved sending Cory Ammerman and Ben O'Neal to a firefighter 1 transition course at the Oregon Career and Technology Center. The same amount and place was approved for Chad Klavinger and Jake Ondusky to go to a firefighter II transition course.
• Heard Saturday's Comfort Food Dinner sold 200 meals and raised $1,600 for the township food pantry.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 March 2013 10:00

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