SPRINGFIELD TWP. The Springfield Township Board of Trustees heard reports from the police and fire chiefs about how many calls each has responded to during the Nov. 10 meeting.
Fire Chief Vic Wincik reported the department answered 207 alarms, with 182 being EMS responses, seven fire-related responses, three hazardous situations, two service related, three good-intent and nine false alarms. The department provided mutual aid to other communities on three occasions, and automatic aid to the city of Akron five times. The department received mutual aid on 12 responses and automatic aid from Akron on five occasions.
Police Chief David Hoover said the department responded to 1,358 calls, with 193 of them being total-incident reports, 81 were cleared by arrest, 120 traffic stops and four OMVI's. For the truancy program, the department had nine cases of truancy filed at the court, 143 police hours and 73 home visits.
Trustees also approved a variety of business items, inclucing:
- Paying Interstate Billing services $1,378.11 for repairs to fire truck; Goodyear Commercial Truck Tire $1,612.19 for tire replacement for ambulance 3112; Fire Safety Services $3,674.60 for annual testing and repairs to fire department SCBA units; Quill $2,278.39 for office supplies; and Summit County Engineer Al Brubaker $1,895.20 for the replacement and repairs to a snow plow.
- Contracting with Gatchell Grant Resources for the preparation and submission of the 2016 Assistance to Firefighter Grants.
In other business:
- Director of Parks and Recreation Doug Foltz reported his department finished additions to the lakefront path and it will receive a grant for signage for the trail. He said the department will begin putting up the Lights on the Lake display.
Anyone who is willing to donate toward the light display can call Foltz at 330-734-4121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a donation form on the website www.springfieldtownship.us and all donations go to the lighting display at Lakefront Park.
- Hoover thanked Foltz for his department's work along the lake. He said it has made for a better community and lakefront for people to visit. Hoover said he sees many people using the trail, exercise equipment and playground.
Foltz said everyone has been involved and it takes a talented workforce to do what they have done.
Young said it has been a tremendous improvement and will add to the health benefits for the community.
- Resident Dave Griffin suggested the hours of Trick or Treat be changed from 5 to 7 p.m. to 4 to 6 p.m. He said his home had at least 200 kids this year, and by 6:45 it was very dark and kids were running in the streets as there are no sidewalks. He thanked the Police Department, as its presence was very visible in the neighborhood. He also asked if the township was thinking about getting another K-9 unit.
Trustee Dean Young explained the owner of the dog was the police officer and he took a position at another department. The hope is, down the road, to have another unit.
- Trustees announced department reports will be on the website beginning this month. The site is www.springfieldtownship.us.
- Training hours for the month were 48 and 40 for SWAT. The Volunteer Auxiliary Springfield Police (VASP) members volunteered 157.25 hours.
- Zoning Administrator Pat Ryan reported there were 12 complaint investigations and 15 zoning permits for the month of October.
- Hoover said the department is getting ready for the annual Fill-a-Cruiser event held on two weekends from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The collection of new toys, new clothing, non-perishable food items and monetary donations will take place at both Springfield Speedways on Nov. 19 - the corner of Canton and Waterloo roads and the Arlington Road Speedway at I-77.
Fill-a-Cruiser will also take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Arlington Road Wal-Mart Nov. 25, 26 and 27.
The items collected at Fill-a-Cruiser are turned over to the Springfield Cares organization to help those that need a little extra during the holidays.
- Shop With a Cop will be held Dec. 10 and raffle tickets are being sold at the department and through police officers. They are $1 each or 6 for $5. Prizes are $500, $300, $200 and $100. To volunteer to help with Shop With a Cop, call Linda Lohr at 330-784-1609.
- The fire department will hold a pancake breakfast beginning at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 19 at the fire station. The cost is a couple of canned goods. All the items are donated to Springfield Cares to help families in need throughout the holiday season. The annual Christmas Tree Lighting Event will be held at Lakefront Park at 7 p.m. The evening will include a visit from Santa, the Spartanaires Choir, hot dogs, hot chocolate, cookies and new animated light displays.
The next meeting trustees meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Dec. 8 at Springfield Town Hall on Canfield Road.