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Richfield officials discuss hurricane damage

11/8/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Jeff Gorman

Hurricane Sandy’s wrath reached as far as Richfield Township, keeping service crews and safety forces busy during the recent storm.

The Richfield Township Board of Trustees and officials talked about the workers’ increased activity at the Nov. 1 trustees’ meeting.

Trustee Laurie Peters Gilmore said road foreman Jerry Schall wanted to extend his thanks to the Summit County Engineer’s Office for sending trucks to help the township crews remove especially heavy trees.

Police Chief Keith Morgan said his department received 15 weather-related calls in the township. Ten of those required a call to Ohio Edison to report power outages or low wires.

“Everyone in the village and township should be back to normal,” he said. “I want to thank the fire department, the township, the county and everyone who helped. It was a bad situation that could have been a lot worse.”

Acting Fire Chief Phil McLean said his department received 19 calls during the storm. This included a “minor house fire” on Brecksville Road.

The fire department also helped after the power supply burned up at the Revere Local Schools administration building.

“We’re very fortunate that two custodians caught this, or it could have been catastrophic,” he said.

Gilmore credited the road crew for working late to keep up with the falling trees on the road.

“We got numerous calls from residents thanking the road department,” she said. “They really did a stellar job.”

In other news:

• Morgan followed up on the recent discussion of the county’s reverse alert system. Residents can register cell phones on the police department’s page on www.richfield-twp.org.

In addition, Morgan invited village and township employees to A.L.i.C.E. Training, which will offer crisis management options in the event of an active shooter. A.L.i.C.E. stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. The training will take place Nov. 14 at noon at the Town Hall and will last about an hour, Morgan said.

• McLean reported that Richfield’s 19 broken fire hydrants are almost all fixed. He also adjusted his budget proposal to include an upgrade to the department’s radio system to communicate with Bath and other Summit County fire departments.

Both the police and fire departments are hoping to make new hires soon. Morgan said he was looking to promote a part-time employee to replace retired officer Jeffrey Revlock.

McLean said he hoped to promote two part-timers to replace Don Zito, who retired, and Dan Albert, who joined the Lakewood Fire Department.

• The Zoning Commission will meet today, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the township office.

• Administrative assistant Debbie Bluso-Rogers reported that the Rising Valley Park gate is open and will remain so during the winter.

• Gilmore said she would like to see the zoning code up on the township website by the end of the year.

The next Richfield trustees’ meeting is scheduled for Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the township office building, located behind the fire station on West Streetsboro Road.

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