MONROE TOWNSHIP — The process of learning what the residents of Monroe and College townships want in their fire and EMS service continued Monday with a public comment session at the Monroe Township House. About 25 people attended, including representatives of both sets of trustees and the fire department.
This was at least the third session Ohio State University Extension Community Development Educators Myra Moss and Cindy Bond have had to gather information. They’ve already had a meeting in College Township, went to the Breeze Inn on “half-price hamburger night,” and plan on having sessions at Kenyon College and hope to reach young adults in the township through meetings with the PTOs at the elementary schools serving the township.
The session concentrated on three questions: What criteria do people use in judging the quality of their service, the best way to staff the department, and the best way to fund fire and EMS service.
Moss and Bond emphasized that there were no right or wrong answers and nobody’s name would be attached to the data. They’re looking for the common themes among all the people they talk to.
They will also look at rural fire and EMS departments which have been through the same process and what solutions they came up with.
This will then be compiled into a report that they hope will also make suggestions as to the options available to the area.
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