Athough her office computer had been sitting in two inches of water, Jeanne Rogacki, office manager for the Lake Township Police Department, had it working after drying it out in the hours following the June 5 tornado that destroyed the township administration building.
“I was so concerned, payroll is this week,” she said, adding the computer used by Police Chief Mark Hummer was also salvaged.
Contractors, township personnel, and volunteers had the former Ohio Highway Patrol post on Lemoyne Road – the police department’s new temporary quarters – operational in less than a week after the tornado hit.
Ironically, the township trustees last year approved purchasing the building and property, which has been vacant since 2007 when the Highway Patrol opened a new Wood County post near Bowling Green, and planned to take their time to convert it into an emergency operations center.
The facility is equipped with a 140-foot radio tower and a back-up generator.
Police emergency dispatching service is still being routed through the Northwood Police Department’s 9-1-1 system
Ron Sims, a township trustee, said Thursday two options were being considered for temporary office space for the board of trustees, fiscal officer, and the zoning inspector. One option is to place field trailers next to the police offices at the Lemoyne Road site. Another is to rent space at 1600 Woodville Road.
“We’re looking at both options. We’ll probably make a decision in the next day or so,” Sims said.
“The township building (on Cummings Road) is a total loss,” Melanie Bowen, a trustee, told residents last Monday during an informational meeting at the Millbury Fireman’s Recreation Hall.
In the days following the tornado, emergency responders began shifting some resources from removing debris to damage assessment.
Brad Gilbert, director of the Wood County Emergency Management Agency, told residents that several teams, including representatives of the Red Cross, would be compiling estimates of the storm’s financial impact and said his office would have personnel available to help residents with damage information required by their insurance companies.
Dan Winningham, of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, said the agency could have the Ohio Department of Insurance “get involved” to address potential problems with claims.
Regular trash pick-up in the township and Village of Millbury was scheduled to resume June 11. Sims, said residents should separate building and construction debris from their household waste.
A relief fund is being established through the American Red Cross at Genoa Banking Co.
Gareth Loboschefski, manager of disaster services for the Red Cross, said donors could make checks payable to the Red Cross and designate they’re for tornado relief.
Millbury Mayor Mike Timmons said municipal services such as mosquito spraying would also resume.
The Lake Township Fire Department and St. Peter’s United Church of Christ are attempting to return family photos that were lost in the storm.
Anyone finding photos may drop them off at the church, 28505 Main Street, Millbury.
Chief Hummer said anyone finding a valuable item should note the location and give the item to a police officer. Found items will be kept in the department’s evidence room.