First responders lauded for efforts

GREEN SPRINGS — During a village council meeting Monday night, Green Springs Mayor Adam Greenslade complimented Chief Charlie Horne for the way he handled the active shooter situation Oct. 4.

“It is my understanding that the individual had several more rounds (of ammunition) at his disposal so things could have turned out much differently had Chief Horne not intervened as quickly as he did,” Greenslade said.

“I hope as they consider (the property tax levy on the Nov. 7 ballot), the residents look at what took place down there. Chief Horne deserves all the credit in the world. That was a bad situation that could have been very bad and for him to take it upon himself to do what he did before any other officers were there, the residents should be very thankful for what they have,” Village Administrator John Miller said.

Michael K. Boger, 64, was charged with discharging a weapon upon or over a public road or highway, a third-degree felony, after allegedly shooting a handgun Oct. 4 toward a construction crew at 550 E. Adams St., working on paving, blacktop, concrete and new sewers.

Horne said other law enforcement agencies were on the scene in six minutes to assist with the situation, and Boger later was booked into Sandusky County Jail.

Residents are being asked to approve a tax levy to fund the police department in the Nov. 7 general election. Greenslade said voters essentially would be deciding if they want to continue to have a police department in the village. Tax revenue for the village has decreased 28 percent over the past four years.

“The state can’t touch this money. We can’t lose this revenue. It would be earmarked specifically for police,” he said.

Greenslade indicated this was the only way to keep the police department running and keep officers in the village for quick response to situations such as the one earlier this month.

Council members decided in June that a 6.7-mill property tax would be the fairest way to fund police coverage, since many residents work in other municipalities and pay income taxes in those places. The levy is to cost the average Green Springs property owner $172 a year.

While many villages have been turning to their county sheriff’s departments for coverage, Greenslade pointed out that, in order to maintain the current amount of patrol hours, the Sandusky County Sheriff’s department would require a contract of almost $300,000 and Seneca County would provide coverage for about $200,000, meaning that outside contracts would not provide cost savings to the village unless patrol hours were cut drastically.

Horne and Greenslade encouraged residents to attend an informational meeting on the levy at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in the council room at the municipal building.

Horne also said the route for the Halloween parade is to change from past parades due to construction on Adams Street. The parade route will be posted around town and on social media when Horne has it completed. He is planning on attending training for Project Lifesaver at the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office. Project Lifesaver is a program that provides equipment and training to assist in finding people with dementia, Alzheimer’s or developmental disabilities who may wander from home.

Village Administrator John Miller said the East Adams Street project is running on schedule and the majority of the work should be done before winter. He also said samples to test the water supply for lead and copper came back clean.

Miller said many residents have been concerned because they received a mailing regarding the water supply, but said this actually was a repeat mailing required by the Environmental Protection Agency for an issue that already is being rectified through water tower improvements.

Council is to meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 6.