|Township declares storm-related emergency|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Friday, 22 November 2013 10:52|
LIME CITY - Perrysburg Township trustees declared an emergency Wednesday to open the possibility for aid following Sunday's tornadoes and severe storms.
The move was necessary to receive any state or federal funding, though the chances of receiving that money may not be high. Trustees, the administrator and police and fire chiefs took the opportunity to thank their own staff as well as other area agencies for their response and assistance.
Police officers from Lake Township, Rossford, Northwood, Walbridge and Owens Community College as well as fire department staff from Perrysburg, Rossford and Northwood contributed to a swift response Sunday.
Administrator Walt Celley said Wood County emergency management was in the area to assess damage early Monday, and area businesses also answered the call, with Home Depot employees going through a trailer park to offer supplies and even helping some residents tarp missing roofs. Lowes employees offered to volunteer, and GEM Industrial and Rudolph/Libbe suggested their staff and heavy equipment could be used in clean-up efforts.
"We really got through a pretty sudden emergency really well, and everybody pulled together to do that," Celley said.
Separately, the group briefly discussed when two renewal levies for the fire department may be placed on the ballot. Trustees previously expressed some concern over putting the levy before voters in May if it would be the only issue on the ballot, as election costs to the township would be higher.
Celley said there will almost certainly be other issues before voters in either election, and the township's cost would be about $1,000 to have the levies considered. Fire Chief Tom Brice previously expressed support for a May approach, but Trustee Gary Britten countered that he would strongly prefer November, when he said more voters should turn out. Celley said a May levy is possible, while Britten remained adamant of his position Wednesday.
"I still feel pretty strongly that I'd rather put it at the election when you have the most voters," Britten said. "I don't think I can support a May levy."
In other business, trustees approved:
• A new billing resolution for emergency services for motor vehicle accidents that exempts from payment those who work at businesses with fixed township locations and were acting in the scope of their employment.
• Effective Friday, the retirement of fire Capt. Brian Bugbee, who has been with the township for more than 20 years.
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