The Board of Mad River Township Trustees met Monday, March 7 in regular session to discuss township issues.
The trustees welcomed Chuck Bauer from the county utilities department and Linda Mitchell from the solid waste management district. Mitchell was there to promote The Great American Cleanup, which provides supplies for volunteers interested in cleaning up a public site. She said that 1,790 volunteers contributed more than 2,500 hours in the nationwide cleanup last year and collected more than 800 bags of litter.
The cleanup is working through a new concept this year that encourages township participation, Mitchell said, explaining the reason for her visit with Bauer. She said this year, all of the county’s townships will be given the opportunity to submit a few public locations that could use some tidying up, which will then be passed along to volunteer crews. The Great American Cleanup is conducted by the Keep America Beautiful organization, and runs from March 1 through May 31.
Mitchell also announced that the solid waste district’s community cleanup trailer is still available for use by groups of five or more. The trailer is full of items needed for cleaning up larger-scale locations, such as neighborhood cleanups, community beautification processes, or clearing vacant lots. The trailer is free to use on a first-come/first-served basis, but a refundable $25 deposit is required. Visit for more information.
Cemetery Sexton Don O’Connor asked residents to remove grave blankets and decorations from gravesites in the Enon Cemetery this week, as springtime mowing and maintenance will soon begin, and many of the larger decorations could be damaged or discarded.
Fire Chief Tracy Young said that as of the meeting date, his department responded to 116 runs in February, with a year-to-date total of 295. He reported that the township’s rescue dive team would be working at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on March 19 as the base’s fire department conducted parachute jump training. Township dive crews will be on standby to assist if needed, as the base is surrounded by numerous bodies of water that could pose threats to jumpers.
The Mad River Township Trustees meet the first and third Monday of each month at the fire house at 7:30 p.m., with the public always welcome to attend.