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Copley police chief says department prepared to keep students safe

12/27/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

Copley Police Chief Michael Mier assured the Copley Township Board of Trustees that plans to combat a school shooter have long been in place and school officials are extremely cooperative in allowing police to practice tactics that would be used.

Mier, at the Dec. 19 trustees’ meeting, said Copley-Fairlawn City Schools’ administrators have been proactive in keeping children safe, making school buildings available during the summer and other school breaks for police to familiarize themselves with the buildings. During the last spring break, police trained in the buildings for several days with school personnel, Mier said. Mier also was able to include emergency responders from Bath and Fairlawn, who would participate should an incident ever occur, he said.

Mier said his officers normally maintain a presence around school buildings, but their presence has been beefed up with officers in the parking lots and schools since the Dec. 14 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

“It’s good to know. It makes the community feel safer,” said Trustee Helen Humphrys.

Mier said Copley-Fairlawn Schools has an emergency plan and has filed it, as required, with the state.

To date, 125 schools have not complied with the requirement to file an emergency plan, said Trustee Dale Panovich.

Wrapping up its 2012 business and preparing for 2013, the board approved amending its permanent appropriations and approved various purchase orders and blanket certificates prepared by department heads.

In other business, the board:

• approved training for the Copley Fire Department;

• approved the sale of two portable radios to The University of Akron for $1,300;

• set a public hearing on a section of the rewritten zoning resolution dealing with landscaping, buffering and screening for Jan. 16 at 6 p.m.;

• acknowledged sending a letter to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on behalf of John Poleondakis requesting the EPA consider allowing Poleondakis to continue to occupy commercial property until the property can be connected to a sanitary sewer when sewer service becomes available;

• agreed to a five-year contract with Cintas to supply uniforms, building air fresheners and mats; and

• agreed to a three-year maintenance agreement with W.W. Williams for preventive maintenance and system checks on emergency generators at Town Hall and the Copley Police Department for a total of $4,290.

The next regular Copley Board of Trustees meeting will take place Jan. 2 at 6 p.m. in the Copley Township offices, 1540 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.

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