Perrysburg Township bike patrol reinstated
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer
Saturday, 17 August 2013 07:18
LIME CITY - Public safety spending was the theme of Wednesday's department heads meeting in Perrysburg Township, as trustees voted to reinstate the police bike patrol and take steps to correct problems the area's tornado sirens.
The police department's one bicycle has been dusted off and tuned up, and another purchased for $2,670.83 from Spoke Life Cycles, Perrysburg. Chief Mark Hetrick said the patrol will work closely with a criminal interdiction team, another specialized unit, to target specific areas and crimes such as retail theft or drug trafficking.
Offenders are less likely to spot an officer on a bike than one in a cruiser, and the increased mobility allows for better apprehension of fleeing subjects. Bring on a bike also affords officers better vision and hearing in their surroundings, Hetrick explained.
"They can sneak up on the bad guy easier," he said.
Hetrick said Deputy Chief Mike Gilmore has experience coordinating police bike patrols in Toledo, and he and several other officers will attend classes to become certified to participate in the unit.
Officers on bikes are expected to begin patrolling next month, and the patrol will operate year-round, depending on weather conditions.
In other business, Fire Chief Tom Brice said there have been ongoing problems with several of the township's 10 tornado sirens, noting that he investigates malfunction when a siren fails to sound during testing for two consecutive months.
"As of late, it seems to have gotten worse," he said.
A change to a narrow-band frequency would likely solve the matter, Brice said. Trustees approved a $9,700 modification of all 10 sirens, with a provision to also replace antennae if necessary at $125 each.
Separately, the board approved a memorandum of understanding permitting the township to apply for a regional Assistance to Firefighters Grant with the city of Perrysburg, Lake Township, Rossford and Northwood.
If awarded, the grant will be split between the cities and townships based on population data from the 2010 census, with Perrysburg receiving 42.5 percent; Perrysburg Township 20.5 percent; Lake Township 18 percent; Rossford 10.3 percent; and Northwood 8.7 percent.
The grant requires a 20-percent match of local funds. It will pay for mobile radios for trucks and a satellite repeater, Brice said. The township will pay for $4,000 of the grant writer's fee.
Among other items, Township Administrator Walt Celley reported on several cost-saving measures, including a 66-percent annual phone-system cost reduction of $19,342.68, and switching electric-aggregation brokers for an estimated $4,700 in yearly savings.
Zoning Administrator Kelly Hemminger reported that the township's Zoning Commission approved a 5,870 square-foot addition for Sigma Technologies, 27096 Oakmond Drive. Office space will be added to the west side of the existing building.
Hemminger said she also approved a minor change to a $1.5 million plan to remodel the interior of Kohl's on U.S. 20, allowing for a staging area for the eight-week project.
The board entered executive session to discuss personnel hiring, but no action was taken.
• Received a retirement letter from Lt. Jim Pellek, who will conclude more than 26 years with Perrysburg Township police near the end of September.
• Appropriated an additional $20,000 from the federal drug fund.
• Approved a purchase order for $5,033 to Feller, Finch and Associates for engineering and design of the township's 2013 road resurfacing program, and a $1,257 purchase order for an updated police radar unit.
• Increased a purchase order for fire and EMS uniforms by a total of $4,500.
• Learned the contract for the state's supply of road salt was awarded to Morton Salt for $32.52 per ton, down $9.38 per ton from last year's price.
The board canceled its upcoming meeting for 6 p.m. Wednesday due to a lack of agenda items and anticipated absences.