Program would map plots at cemeteries

GOSHEN TWP. – Those purchasing plots in township cemeteries may soon be able to get a better idea of location before buying.

Roads Foreman Jim Stryffeler, who oversees the cemeteries, told the township trustees Monday night that he has had discussions with Berlin Township officials regarding a mapping program they use that shows where their plots are located. Currently Goshen uses a spreadsheet that indicates which plots are still available, he said, so the mapping program could be used in conjunction to show buyers exactly where plots are.

Stryffeler said that he believes the program is free through the state and can be accessed on electronic devices so that it can be utilized on location. He also said he was told that Jackson and Ellsworth township officials have expressed interest in the program and Berlin officials are open to helping set it up.

The trustees agreed to look into the program while at the Ohio Township Association Convention this week.

In other business Police Chief Steve McDaniel reported that the cruiser purchased last month will come in under budget, with equipment and decals totaling $5,107. He said the accessories typically cost up to $7,000. Trustee Chair Bob McCracken also reported that the cost of the cruiser was lowered nearly $1,700 to $15,089.50 due to the elimination of an unnecessary package prior to assembly.

Also at the meeting the trustees hired Damascus Fire Chief Derek Day as fire prevention officer and promoted reserve police officer Steven Kotheimer to part-time.

The next regular trustees meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 10 at the administration building.