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INTRODUCING YOUR NEW TOWNSHIP ADMINISTRATOR

Your Trustees are excited to announce the recent appointment of Township Administrator/Public Safety Director Dion Grener. Dion took on the role after the retirement of Jeff Palm, who served Jefferson Township for 6 years, first as Fiscal Administrator and later as Township Administrator.

Dion's impressive list of accomplishments and qualifications include a Bachelor's degree in Public Safety Management, a Master's degree in Business Administration/Public Administration, 32 years of service in the Ohio National Guard with a current rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and 26 years of Fire/EMS service. Prior to his promotion Dion served as Battalion Chief of our Fire Department for four years, giving him unique insight to the Township and its residents. 


As your Township Administrator, Dion is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Township and serves as chief administrative officer for all Township activities which include emergencies, public works, parks, finance, and human resources.

 As Public Safety Director, he oversees, plans, and coordinates activities related to law enforcement, crime, fire prevention, and other services related to the preservation of life and property within Jefferson Township. Dion is eager to work with the Township's elected officials, other government entities, and the Township's residents to accomplish community objectives, as well as addressing any concerns you may have as residents.

SAVE THE DATE : EGG HUNT

Join your Jefferson Township Parks Board at our Annual Egg Hunt! We'll have bunny photos, snacks, crafts, prizes, and more! 
Hunt age groups: 0-4, 5-7, and 8-10

WHEN: Saturday, April 11, 2020
Gates open at 10:30 a.m. with the Egg Hunt to follow 
WHERE: Jefferson Run Park, 1490 Climbing Fig Drive, Blacklick, OH 43004
(behind the Licking Heights West Elementary School)

WINTER WALK RECAP

It was another delightful outing at our annual Winter Walk on Sunday, January 26th! The hot chocolate and bonfire provided by Parks Board members kept us warm, while the newly constructed Steve Miller Memorial Pavilion kept us dry as we enjoyed refreshments. Naturalist Bruce from Blendon Woods Metro Park was kind enough to share his vast knowledge of trees and wildlife with us as we walked the trails of Boehnke Nature Preserve. Photos from this year's Winter Walk are below.
Mark your calendars for the 2020 State of the Township Address
What did we accomplish in 2019? What is on the horizon for 2020? Learn the answers to these questions and more at our annual State of the Township Address on March 18, 2020. Hear a brief presentation from your Trustees, township staff, and representatives from other local agencies. Then stick around for an open Q&A session after the presentation. 

NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR: Grace Fellowship Church, 3600 N Waggoner Road, Blacklick, OH 43004

DOING OUR PART : IMPROVING WATER QUALITY 

Jefferson Township has joined the initiative to improve water quality in Central Ohio! We have partnered with Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District and the Willow Brook Crossing Homeowners Association to implement a stream restoration project for a tributary of Blacklick Creek that runs through the Willow Brook Crossing subdivision. 

Stream restoration involves a set of methods with the goal of improving the water's environmental health and returning it to its original state. It is a cost effective approach to protecting water resources and requires little maintenance.

One area of the project involves planting roughly 360 trees, shrubs, and native plants to serve as buffers along the stream. The trees add shade, which cools the water and reduces algae growth. The roots enhance the quality and productivity of the habitat over time and keep the soil along the bank in place, which creates a suitable living environment for aquatic organisms. The natural vegetation reduces water runoff and absorbs pollutants, chemicals, and other residues. Native shrubs provide homes for wildlife, such as birds.

Another aspect of stream restoration involves installing stream inserts in the water. These structures are similar to beaver dams and are made up of layers of thick filters, which diminish bank erosion, increase oxygen levels in the water, and slow water flow with the hopes of increasing groundwater storage to prevent flooding.

Jefferson Township contributed $10,000 towards the conservation project which had an overall cost of $42,000. An Ohio Environmental Protection Agency grant also helped fund the advanced restoration approach. We can all be proactive in protecting our water resources whether that be volunteering or properly disposing of waste. Further funding for similar projects is provided by proceeds from Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District's annual Spring Tree and Plant sale, which is now open! To learn more visit www.franklinswcd.org/tree-and-plant-sale  Some pictures from the project are below. 

FRIENDLY REMINDER 

Don't forget to set your clocks ahead one hour on March 8th as we Spring Forward!

 

What's Happening?

UPCOMING MEETINGS
March 3: Board of Zoning Appeals, 7 p.m.
March 9: Parks Board, 7 p.m.
March 11: Board of Trustees, 3 p.m.
March 19: Zoning Commission, 7 p.m.
March 25: Board of Trustees, 7 p.m.

All meetings are held at the fire station unless otherwise noted and are subject to schedule changes and cancellations. Check jeffersontownship.org for current information. 
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