Goshen police promotion, policy changes approved

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP- The township trustees Monday night approved multiple motions for the police department.

The trustees approved the promotion of Det. Craig Crider to corporal effective Jan. 13. He will oversee the detective bureau in addition to his current role as school resource officer at the West Branch Local schools.

The trustees also approved updated police policies for personnel and evidence collection with no significant changes and approved renewed towing contracts for 2013 with Springer’s, Wertz’, Geary’s, Gobel’s and American.

Bricker Park timber: Trustee Todd Beeson reported that a representative from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Forestry Division visited Bricker Park last month to develop a Woodland Stewardship Plan evaluating the wooded area of the park.

Beeson said the representative recommended that the township thin out the Beech saplings in the northwest corner of the park, let the hollowed Beech trees fall on their own and then remove them from the trail (unless someone is trained to take them down) and wait 10 years to re-evaluate the woods to make a decision about timber harvest. He said the representative also said that one or two grapevines per acre is acceptable.

Beeson said the plan will be filed and the park re-evaluated in five years. He also noted that all-terrain vehicles are prohibited on the premises and asked that the police department keep an eye out for violators.

The next regular trustees meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Administration Building.

Kevin Howell can be reached at khowell@salemnews.net