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MECC Regional Council of Governments Honored at MORPC State of the Region

Last month, Trustee Rich Courter and Fire Chief Brad Shull had the pleasure of attending the Annual Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission's (MORPC) State of the Region event. This year, Jefferson Township was one of six local government partners recognized for collaborating for over a decade and a half to provide high quality emergency services dispatching. Now part of the Regional Council of Governments (RCOG), the Metropolitan Emergency Communications Consortium (MECC) was awarded the 2019 William C. Habig Collaborative Achievement Award.

In 2004, Jefferson Township was one of three to start the original collaboration with Mifflin and Plain Townships. Truro Township, Violet Township, and the City of Whitehall joined a few years later. "This collaboration, which began in 2004, to improve fire and EMS dispatching and ultimately improve our service to our constituents is a fine example of governments working together for the good of all!" said Trustee Rich Courter. "Better service at a better cost; a complete win-win!" he added.

Retired chiefs Dale Ingram and Crystal Dickerson were instrumental in developing those relationships for success. Their dedication to the foundation of the MECC can never be understated. They played an essential part in what it has become today and we are grateful for their invaluable efforts.

Congratulations to all MECC and RCOG partners on this well deserved award!


2019 William C Habig Collaborative Achievement Award - MECC

Seeking Volunteers for Rain Garden Planting

For the past year, graduate students from Ohio State University have been designing and coordinating the installation of a rain garden at the Jefferson Township Fire Station. While it will be a beautiful addition to the station's landscaping, the main purpose of the rain garden is to help slow and filter rainwater runoff from Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road and the station's parking lot on it's way to Blacklick Creek. Several hundred plants have been ordered to fill the rain garden, and we need your help planting! The targeted planting date is Saturday, June 1, 2019. If you, your friends, or your neighbors are interested in volunteering, please stay tuned for more information on how to sign up!

Community Backyards Rebate Program

Speaking of rain gardens, did you know that Jefferson Township residents are eligible to receive rebates of up to $50 for installing a rain barrel or compost bin, or planting native plants and trees at home? The Community Backyards program focuses on rainwater runoff and its detrimental impacts on local water quality, streambank erosion, and localized flooding. Participants learn how to install rain barrels and plant rain gardens, along with an introduction to composting at home and the benefits of native plants and trees. 

The new rebate program allows homeowners to implement a conservation method that works best for them and their environment and does renew each year, meaning that if you received a rebate last year, you can participate again in 2019. 

There are two ways you can qualify:
Participate in an online course and pass an online quiz. (OPEN May 1, 2019 to October 1, 2019)
Register to attend an in-person educational workshop in one of two ways:
Register online through Eventbrite:
Print & mail in a registration form

Three Recycling Reminders

Earth Day was Monday, April 22, but every day is Earth Day when you recycle right! Remembering these three simple things before recycling will make a big impact on keeping Jefferson Township's recyclables free of contamination and away from the landfill.  

Community Intervention & Diversion Unit

In support of the Stepping Up Initiative, a nationwide initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office has created the Community Intervention and Diversion Unit (CID). The mission of CID is to coordinate the response of law enforcement and the behavioral health system, as well as to assist individuals experiencing crisis resulting from known or suspected mental illness and/or drug and alcohol addiction. The goal is to divert persons from the criminal justice system whenever possible and connect them with the appropriate mental health or substance abuse services. 

CID currently consists of one sergeant, four deputies, and two clinicians. All deputies within the unit are Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) certified. CIT is a police-based pre-arrest jail diversion program. CIT officers receive approximately 40 hours of training in areas including psychiatric disorders, substance abuse issues, de-escalation techniques, and in legal issues related to mental health and substance abuse. 

To make a referral to this program contact the Franklin County Sheriff's Office at 614-525-3333. 

There is also a 24/7 crisis line available through Netcare at 614-276-CARE(2273).

Despite the gloomy skies, everyone who came out to our annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 20th had a fun time! Many thanks to the Jefferson Township Parks Board, Township staff, and especially to the GLHS senior class volunteers for their help! Check out a few photos below, and find more on our Facebook page,

What's Happening?

May 8: Board of Trustees, 3 p.m.
May 9: Zoning Commission continued hearing, 7 p.m.
May 13: Parks Board, 7 p.m.
May 22: Board of Trustees, 7 p.m.
June 4: Board of Zoning Appeals, 7 p.m.

All meetings are held at the fire station and are subject to schedule changes and cancellations. 
Check for current information. 
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