The Press Newspaper
Emergency telephone notification service for Lake Township residents will continue uninterrupted even though One Call Now, which had a contract with the township, has been purchased by Emergency Communications Network, an Ormond Beach, Florida company, township officials said.
The township trustees approved a one-year contract extension Tuesday with ECN for $4,321 to provide the notification service.
The township had a three-year agreement with Once Call Now for the service, which provides public safety announcements as well as service announcements such as brush pick-up and snow emergencies.
In addition, the trustees agreed to pay $1,580 for a year of weather warning service along with the basic service.
Police Chief Mark Hummer said households in the service area with iPhones or Android mobile application capabilities will have the option of receiving notifications anywhere in the country for an extra fee of $4.99.
He encouraged residents to update their contact information with ECN’s CodeRED database.
Residents also can opt out of receiving the community service announcements, he said.
The mix of transportation infrastructure in the township and the possibility of an accident requiring residents to be notified quickly of an evacuation order was a major factor in the chief’s recommendation three years ago to the trustees to consider an emergency phone alert system.
Other area towns, including the cities of Rossford and Northwood and villages of Millbury and Walbridge also contracted for the service about when the township originally did.
The company has offered the extension with no increase in fees.
A representative of the company will be invited to the trustees’ next meeting.
Seeking competitive bids for the service will also be considered but the trustees voiced concern collection fees will be higher even with other bids as companies look for ways to offset increasing costs such as fuel.
The current contract expires at the end of the year.
In other business, the trustees approved the promotions of three members of the fire department: lieutenants Chad Klavinger and Matt Kamann were promoted to captain and Ed Brown was promoted to lieutenant.
All three are based at Station 1 on Walbridge Road.
Fire Chief Todd Walters said the men have “outstanding leadership qualities.”
The trustees also approved the appointment of Lonnie Fosnight to the police department’s auxiliary unit.