Pemberville setting up block watch program
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor
Saturday, 23 June 2012 07:13
PEMBERVILLE - Plans are moving forward to institute a Block Watch program in Pemberville.
Village council Tuesday night agreed to spend $365 from the mayor's discretionary account to cover start up expenses. The money will cover eight "Block Watch" signs for each entrance to the village ($272), training books for volunteers ($60) and incidentals ($30).
Mayor Gordon Bowman said the village's Safety Committee has discussed the program and started to set some guidelines. Police Chief Jim Darling is also working on some guidelines.
No date has been set to start the program.
Bowman said there will be two citizens on a shift and patrol will run 3 to 11 p.m. "They will only have the power to observe and report what they see to police. There is to be no involvement beyond reporting," Bowman said.
The mayor offered use of his account and indicated there may be additional costs. "Hopefully we can get this started within a few weeks."
Council Member Randy Rothenbuhler suggested looking for grants that might cover additional costs.
"We don't know what we might be looking at in expenses," Bowman said. "We're on the ground floor. Its success will depend on the volunteers."
Council member Eric Campbell said the village has several old radios that need to be checked to see if they can be of any use.
Bowman said he had checked on liability issues and had been told that as long as those involved are volunteers, are under the supervision of the chief of police, carry no weapons and have no involvement other than reporting, "we will be on safe ground."
Darling said he "has a few things to tweak for the protection of the volunteers."
• Discussed spending $125 from the police fund to purchase a game camera that can be used for surveillance where vandalism and other problems have been reported. The Safety Committee will work on guidelines and other issues before council makes a decision to purchase.
• Agreed to file three grant requests with the Wood County Park District. The requests would be for a new pool heater, resurfacing of the tennis courts and refurbishing of the bathhouse fixtures at the village swimming pool. The village would be contributing either labor or additional money to the projects to help leverage the grants.
• Approved $250 for paint and supplies for the police department. Darling said the police staff has volunteered to do the painting if the village purchases supplies.
• Learned the Ohio Department of Transportation will be paving Ohio 105 from the western edge of the village to Ohio 199 later this summer. In 2013 the ODOT will pave Route 105 east of the village to U.S. 23 and in 2014 the ODOT will pay Route 105 (Front Street) through the village. Bowman said the village took the option of waiting two years to do the work in town.