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Goshen police warn of new rash of daylight burglaries

April 13, 2010

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP- Residents are being warned against another rash of home burglaries.

At the township trustees meeting Monday night, Goshen Police District Cpl. Rob Wittensoldner warned residents of a recent rash of daylight burglaries that the department is investigating.

He said residents should remember to lock their doors and set alarms when leaving their houses.

In other news, resident Terri Hunter questioned why newly elected trustees Roger Heineman and Todd Beeson did not attend more classes offered at the Ohio Township Association Winter Conference in February, for which the township paid their expenses.

Heineman responded that he had work obligations that prohibited his attending the entire event, which ran from a Wednesday through Saturday. He said he attended the trades show on Friday.

Beeson said that he did attend several classes in the two days he was there.

The trustees agreed to rent the meeting hall at the Administration Building to the Salem Square Wheels for dances and practices at $50 per dance and $25 per practice. The group is willing to commit to 12 months rental, with 20 dances and 20 to 30 practices, so the trustees approved the reduced fees.

The trustees also purchased a commercial lawn mower for $6,799, pending approval by Recycling Coordinator Paul Manypenny, who also mows grass for the township.

Manypenny reported that he is collecting old phone books to donate to West Branch Damascus Elementary for Project ReDirectory, a county contest in which the school that collects the most books will win $500.

Beeson reported that the Berlin Township Trustees had questioned why their township is responsible for half the cost for maintenance at Lumberton Cemetery on Western Reserve Road, but does not receive half the revenue on plot sales.

Beeson suggested the Goshen trustees sit down with those from Berlin to discuss the issue.

Additionally, Beeson reported that after an informal discussion with an OmniCity representative at the Knox Township groundbreaking ceremony for their new MARCS (Multi-Agency Radio Communications System) tower that will facilitate broadband Internet service, he found the township should also be able to partner with OmniCity to install broadband equipment on its MARCS tower to provide high-speed Internet access for township residents.

An Appliance and Scrap Metal Drive is scheduled for May 15 through 22 at the Seacrist Road recycling center. Items may be dropped off during daylight hours.

The next regular trustees meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 10 at the Administration Building.

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