Roads, safety top of agenda for St. Clair Township

Submitted photo St. Clair Township Trustees Jordan Williams (left), Bob Swickard and James Sabatini (right) flank Kelsey Hedrick, who serves as Fraternal Order of Police lodge president for the township’s police department, after presenting the lodge with three $100 checks from each one of them during Monday’s regular meeting in honor of National Police Week.

CALCUTTA — Batman had Robin, and St. Clair Township Police Chief Brian McKenzie had his own sidekick during township trustees’ regular meeting Monday afternoon.

McKenzie and Kelsey Hedrick, who serves as president of the department’s Fraternal Order of Police lodge, spoke to trustees about a recent crime prevention seminar they attended with patrolman James Cannon at the end of April that was hosted by the state. The trio learned how to handle active killer situations and assess businesses and mass gathering places for threat risk.

“We are hoping to bring back the dormant crime watch from the early 1990s (that St. Clair Township had as well) achieve better community outreach,” McKenzie said.

McKenzie also updated trustees in regards to some other training opportunities that they utilized recently, including crisis intervention training held in Lisbon. The cost was reimbursed.

In honor of National Police Week, trustees also each gave the local FOP a check for $100 in appreciation for their service.

The roads also were a hot topic, where Elaine McCoy was one of the residents discussing issues related to the potholes and dust in the Lincoln Street area.

“I cannot open my windows due to it being so bad,” she explained, with a neighbor concurring.

Board president James Sabatini agreed that the dust definitely is a problem; however, officials did agree that the escalating cost for maintaining the roads without a levy is an issue.

“We do less than four miles now for what we used to spend doing 14 miles,” he said.

Road Supervisor Scott Barrett said that the township has 72 miles of roads that needs plowing, patching, ditching, berming, chipping and sealing — all without the benefit of money from a road levy.

McCoy offered her support in getting a levy passed if need be.

“I have lived here for 46 years, and this is the worst it has ever been,” she said.

Trustees also agreed to contract for line striping on 2.5 miles of township road, including arrows, at a cost of more than $5,430. Polyester paint, which is what is being used, has a longer lifespan than what township crews typically use.

The township also paid $50,752.30.

The next trustees meeting will be held at 4 p.m. May 24.



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