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Jefferson Township Fire Department takes steps to keep the community safe through the COVID-19 Pandemic

Due to COVID-19, we have all been experiencing change and uncertainty. Our country and our community have been forced to do the unimaginable, but we have been in this fight TOGETHER.

In order to better protect and serve our community through the challenges of the pandemic, the fire department has made the following changes:
  • Staffed a second ambulance unit. This unit responds to calls when the primary medic is tied up on another run. The time it takes to decontaminate an ambulance can take a few hours, so the second unit helps to plug the gap created by the extended out-of-service time for the primary unit.
  • All patients receive a face mask on initial contact.
  • After EVERY EMS call, crews sanitize the entire truck, focusing on high contact surfaces.
  • Walk-in medical evaluations at the firehouse are still welcome. The initial interaction with staff is different in that we will place a mask on the patient, check their temperature, and then begin the medical assessment. The intent is to limit unnecessary exposures.
Jefferson Township is a member of the MECC Regional Council of Governments (COG).  Through the COG, our very own Chief Shull was tapped to lead an eighteen multi-agency coordination center that helps provide support and guidance to all involved entities during this unique period.  His position oversees members of other participating fire departments that are focusing on infectious control guidance and monitoring, coordinated medical direction, logistics and staffing challenges, first responder COVID testing, and guidance on state and federal funding related to COVID-19.

The Jefferson Township Fire Department will continue to adhere to these main objectives:
  • Provide for the safety and security of first responders
  • Maximize the protection of public health and welfare in Jefferson Township
  • Conduct operational risk assessments to ensure controls are in place to protect first responders and our community
  • Conserve EMS responder PPE through PPE preservation initiatives
Even with the challenges of adjusting to the 'new norm', the support for the front line workers from our residents has been immeasurable. We can't thank you enough! Although we haven’t had direct contact with our residents, we have been a part of numerous ‘birthday drive-bys’ and several parades throughout the Township. The Fire Department loves seeing the resiliency of our great community. 

 In order to continue to protect our community during the pandemic, please remember to practice social distancing and good hygiene, wear face coverings, and stay home if you are sick. Please remain mindful, kind, healthy and safe. If you have any questions or concerns, please utilize the following resources:
Together we can stop the spread”
         -Dr. Amy Acton
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Be Counted, Jefferson Township!      Clip Art Library Download Checkmark Clipart Advantage - Orange ...    

Once every decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States. The Founding Fathers changed history in 1790 when they created a decennial Census that focused on representation. It constitutionally mandates the count of our population and households.

Census 2020 is Ohio’s chance to make sure that every individual is counted and has a voice. This opportunity to count the population only comes once every decade and shapes how Ohio will budget and operate for the next 10 years. A portion of this funding is ultimately passed on to local governments, including Jefferson Township!  The success of the Census depends on everyone’s participation.
  • It’s easy; the Census asks you questions about your household such as names and ages. It typically takes around 10 minutes to complete.
  • It’s safe; all Census responses are kept confidential and cannot be shared - even with law enforcement.
  • It’s important; it determines the distribution of billions of dollars in federal funding to local communities like ours.
This population count is the basis for redistricting and reapportioning the number of representatives in U.S. Congress.

It guides where new schools and hospitals are needed and where to add public safety resources. Businesses use Census data to decide where to build local factories, offices, and stores. Real estate developers and city planners use the information to plan homes and improve neighborhoods.

The Census is easy, safe and important. This year marks the first time that the Census is available to complete online! Complete your census before the May 27 deadline to limit the need for Census workers to visit each household, as was done in years past. To complete your Census survey, please go to today!
WASTE MANAGEMENT SERVICES  Bulk Collection Update: May 1, 2020 – Borough of Raritan

Waste Management has resumed regularly scheduled yard waste collection. As a reminder, yard waste is to be placed inside a compostable yard waste bag no heavier than 45 pounds, and acceptable garden growth is grass clippings, brush and shrub cuttings, and tree limbs. Additionally, yard waste may be placed inside a clearly marked “yard waste only” container not to exceed 45 pounds.

Waste Management has also resumed regularly scheduled bulk collection. Bulk items include furniture, mattresses, carpet and appliance. Please know that due to anticipated heavy volumes, some bulk items may be picked up on additional days following your regular pickup day. Waste Management and their hard-working drivers are focused on safely delivering essential waste and recycling services to Jefferson Township during the Stay Safe Ohio order. 
MOSQUITO PREVENTION Mosquito Cartoon | Free Vectors, Stock Photos & PSD

With summer comes sunshine, cookouts, and...bugs! Keep in mind that mosquitoes don't practice social distancing, and they present a potential health risk as carriers of diseases. Eliminating mosquito environments around your home can go a long way to reduce the mosquito population.

Mosquitoes need standing water to breed, and they don't need much water. Once mosquitoes find a water source, many types of mosquitoes do not fly far from where they developed as larvae. If that source is in your backyard, you can have generations of mosquitoes making your yard their permanent home. Buckets, pools, planters, bird baths, and trash cans are some areas that have the potential to hold water and attract mosquitoes. Remember to remove standing water around your yard, especially after it rains.

For helpful tips, prevention tools, and fun family mosquito activities visit

Due to the ongoing public health emergency and in accordance with HB 197, Jefferson Township's Boards and Commission will hold all regularly scheduled meetings entirely via teleconference until further notice. Special meetings will also be held via teleconference and will be properly noticed if scheduled. The virtual meetings can be accessed by the media and public using the instructions below. Questions regarding access can be directed to or 614-304-0133 ahead of the meeting.

Board of Trustees meetings:
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (646) 749-3122
Access Code: 114-512-189
Parks Board meetings:
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (312) 757-3121
Access Code: 606-737-413
Board of Zoning Appeals meetings:
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (646) 749-3122
Access Code: 661-186-493

Zoning Commission meetings:
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (646) 749-3122
Access Code: 234-374-293
EXTENDED PROPERTY TAX DEADLINE Challenge to Constitutionality of Honolulu "Residential A ...

In an effort to assist Franklin County residents through the challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Franklin County Treasurer’s Office has moved the due date for 2nd half real estate property tax collection 45 days from June 22, 2020 to August 5, 2020 to help taxpayers who are struggling financially during this difficult time.

Taxpayers should receive their tax bill in the mail by July 3, 2020. Taxpayers who get their tax bill by email should receive the bill by June 23, 2020.

For more information visit
PARKS AND REC         Park Cartoon - Clip Art Library

With the weather warming and most everyone being in quarantine, we're eager to venture outside to smell the spring air and get some exercise. Jefferson Township parks remain open, but restrooms are closed. 

We're proud to offer beautiful parks for our community to enjoy, but we ask everyone to practice social distancing when visiting. This includes maintaining at least a six-foot distance from individuals not in your household. Gatherings of more than 10 people are not permitted. 

Unrelated to COVID-19, Olde Quarry Park has been closed due to damage from heavy rains and flooding this spring. Our service crew is working diligently to re-open the park for our residents!

Updates will be posted on our website as they become available. 
CONGRATULATIONS CLASS of 2020! College Graduation Clipart | Free download on ClipArtMag

At a young age we are taught that every milestone is cause for a celebration. We gather with family and friends to share our excitement of our accomplishments. For seniors that remarkable achievement is graduating high school! Years of hard work and sacrifice are put in to this goal, and it should most certainly be celebrated, especially in difficult and uncertain times. Due to social distancing, people have been forced to come up with unique ways to honor graduates. Teachers in the Gahanna-Jefferson district delivered "Class of 2020" signs to the yards of nearly 600 seniors. Licking Heights held a lighting ceremony at the high school, and students and families honked their horns as they drove by in parade fashion. Due to adopt-a-senior Facebook groups, many seniors have received surprises in the mail from members of their community. No matter the special way communities have chosen to honor their graduates, congratulations seniors!

What's Happening?

May 27: Board of Trustees, 7 p.m. 
June 2:  Board of Zoning Appeals, 7 p.m.
June 8:  Parks Board, 7 p.m.
June 10: Board of Trustees, 3 p.m.
June 18: Zoning Commission, 7 p.m.
June 24: Board of Trustees, 7 p.m. 
All dates and times are subject to schedule changes and cancellations. 
Check for current information. 
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