Lake hires service for emergency notifications

MILLBURY – If a tornado’s approaching Lake Township or a child goes missing, it will be just minutes
before residents are alerted.
One Call Now, which is based in Rossford, was hired at last week’s trustees’ meeting for $4,428 a year,
or 90 cents per township resident, for three years. The company provides emergency and public interest
citizen voice notification to residences and businesses.
The program will start in about two weeks. The price includes equipment and training.
Police Chief Mark Hummer said the system can be used for emergencies, such as a evacuations, or news,
like brush pickup and concerts in the park.
Each township household can sign up five telephones, meaning cell phones and even distant relatives who
are concerned about the elderly, can be activated.
Hummer also likes that the service can be regionalized, with one area, such as Moline, being called, if
an issue just affects residents there.
The service would be invaluable in the case of an Amber Alert.
"It’s eyes and ears that are going to find that kid in the first few minutes," Hummer said.
"It’s truly a public safety benefit."
Walbridge is considering One Call Now and Northwood, Millbury and Rossford also use the service, he said.

The township first considered using an automated system last year when it was approached by the Wood
County Sheriff’s Office. Hummer said the county proposed splitting the cost among the larger entities,
such as Perrysburg, Rossford, Northwood, Bowling Green, Wood County Commissioners, the Northwestern
Water and Sewer District and Perrysburg and Lake townships.
The cost to the township then was proposed as about $7,500. Not only will One Call Now save the township
money, but the service is not limited, Hummer said.
The sheriff’s office recently decided to offer through its Web site free subscriptions to Nixle LLC,
which will provide a similar service.
Also at the June 1 meeting, the trustees:
¥ Officially approved a Joint Economic Development District with Toledo that affects the area around
Metcalf Airfield.
¥ Hired Bowers Asphalt and Paving, Walbridge, for not more than $6,000 to put a base coat down to control
dust and make the driveway more accessible and safe at Fireside Park.
¥ Voted to spend $2,139 for parts for catch basins on Swartzwalder, Libbey and Bailey roads and for the
west side of a parking lot at fire station No. 1, from HD Supply-Waterworks, Perrysburg.
¥ Voted to spend $1,900 for two Dell Vostro 220 computers from Dell for the administration office and
road department.
¥ Approved spending $1,153 in emergency repairs for fire unit 725. Walbridge Automotive will repair the
brake pads, rotors and water pump PTO.
¥ Voted to spend $899 for a NAPA SE Series Tool Storage Set box from Start’s Auto Parts, Temperance,
Mich., for the fire department.
¥ Applied for three grants from the Wood County Park District. Under $5,000 would be used for a swing set
with solid surfacing at Fireside Park, under $10,000 for bleachers and goal posts at Fireside Park and
over $10,000 for a rock climbing wall and safety surfacing at Friendship Park.
¥ Went into an executive session to discuss fire personnel. No action was taken.