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Did Tornado Siren Break A Window?

Did a tornado siren cause a window in a nearby home to break?

That was one of the topics of discussion at the German Township Trustees meeting, Monday, March 8.

Jeff Aeschliman, township road maintenance worker, said Frank Avina, 4491 Co. Rd. 19, reported a decorative window, about 8 inches by 12 inches, was discovered broken after the noon, Friday, March 5, tornado siren test.

A siren is nearby.

Aeschliman said Avina told him at first, he thought a bird had flown into the window, but he didn’t find a dead bird nearby, leaving the tornado siren as the only possible cause.

A Fulton County sheriff deputy who visited the meeting said Becky Goble, Fulton County Emergency Management Agency director, said it’s not possible for a siren to break a window.

Aeschliman said Avina didn’t know who to call about the issue.

The trustees discussed who would be responsible for the siren. Andy Brodbeck, trustee, said the siren would not have been purchased by the township.

Kenneth “Skip” Leupp, president of the trustees, said they may be responsible for maintaining the siren and its tower, but added that in 13 years he’s never seen a bill for any maintenance on the siren.

Aeschliman asked if Avina should call Fulton County officials.

“Sure,” said Jason Pursel, trustee.

“The buck does not stop here,” Leupp said.

Brodbeck said he would contact Goble and discuss the issue before the trustees respond to Avina.

Hoop Building

Aeschliman presented the trustees with specifications and pricing options for the construction of a hoop building on the west side of the West Mechanic Street Township building.

The building would be used to store salt, and replace a wooden structure at the former township garage site on the northwest corner of the intersection of St. Rt. 66, St. Rt. 2, and Co. Rd. E.

A hoop building uses large metal arches, or “hoops,” mounted to concrete walls, to support a fabric roof covering.

Among the options discussed was a building that was wider but not as deep, so both salt and dirt could be stored out of the weather.

Other options included a taller roof so large dump trucks could dump inside the building rather than outside the entrance and then push salt back with a tractor, and closing off the fourth side rather than leaving it open.

Aeschliman said 83 Construction had about the best price for the building. Costs did not include concrete walls or concrete block walls, or a concrete floor.

Brodbeck said prices reach up to $60,000-$70,000.

“It makes what we have (the old salt storage building) look pretty good,” he said. No decision was made.

Aeschliman also presented the trustees with a list of roads in the township that require maintenance, and discussed the advantages of crack sealing vs. micro-sealing. Aeschliman said microsealing provides a smoother road surface, but is more expensive.

No action was taken.

Solid Waste

The trustees approved a resolution approving the Four County Solid Waste District plan for 2022-2027.

The district covers Paulding, Defiance, Williams and Fulton counties and includes $100,000 to promote recycling, with the goal of reducing the amount of solid waste placed in landfills.

Leupp said he met with an appraiser and looked over the township property north of the village. The trustees want to attempt to sell the property, including the old gas station and the current salt storage building.

He said the appraisal should be ready by the trustees’ next meeting, Monday, March 22, 7:30 am, in the German Township building.