The outdoor emergency warning sirens in Nelsonville, The Plains and New Marshfield will be tested at 12 noon on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, with a one minute sounding of the sirens. Local residents are asked not to call local emergency agencies inquiring why the sirens are sounding.
The outdoor warning siren system is normally tested on the first Wednesday of every month at 12:00 p.m. The monthly test will be cancelled if severe weather is threatening. If severe weather cancels the test it will be postponed until the next month. There are three conditions that result in the warning sirens being activated in Athens County.
- Severe Weather
- When the National Weather Service initiates a Tornado Warning for an area that includes areas of Athens County.
- When the National Weather Service initiates a Severe Thunderstorm Warning (winds 58+ mph, large hail, severe lightening, and heavy rains), for an area that includes areas of Athens County.
- When there is an actual enemy or terrorist attack against the United States has been detected and is threatening areas of Athens County and protective action should be taken immediately.
- When a public safety emergency occurs, the sirens will be used to alert the public of emergencies such as hazardous materials incidents and civil disturbances.
When the outdoor warning sirens are sounded for an emergency they will be activated for five minutes. When you hear the warning sirens you should do the following;
- DO NOT CALL 9-1-1 to ask why the sirens are sounding as this can overload the 9-1-1 emergency response system.
- Remember, outdoor warning sirens are just that, out-door warning. The sirens are meant to be heard outside to signal you to go indoors and tune your radio or television station to the local Emergency Alert System (EAS) Station. As homes continue to become more energy efficient and sound proofing enhanced, outdoor warning sirens that once could be heard decades ago inside of a home can no longer be heard. That’s why other means of warning are in place.
- Go immediately to a safe area in your home or building, if high winds, severe thunder, and lightning are present.
- If you are outside away from possible shelter, lie flat on the ground away from trees until the storm passes. If in a vehicle, get out and find a more substantial structure.
- Carry a battery-operated radio or NOAA all hazard alert radio to your safe area. You will know when the storm or emergency has passed and when it is clear to leave your safe area.
- The Athens County SIRENS DO NOT identify specific types of storms or emergencies; therefore, you should immediately seek shelter and tune to local television or radio for further information.
The Nelsonville Finance Committee will hold a meeting on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 6:00 pm in council chambers at City Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the 2017 budget. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
The Nelsonville Planning and Development Committee will hold a joint meeting with the Nelsonville Planning Commission on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 6:30 pm in council chambers. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss a change in future zoning regulations. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
The City of Nelsonville announces that the fall leaf pick up has been extended through Monday, December 7, 2016. If you have leaves that need picked up after December 7, 2016 they must be bagged in order to be picked up. Call City Hall at 740-753-1314, Monday – Friday, 8AM – 5PM to schedule a pick up.
The Buchtel Water and Sewer Department has canceled the boil order for customers on Marietta Avenue, North Akron Avenue, Euclid Avenue, Water Street, Franklin Street, North and South Oakley, Duncan and State Route 78 from Marietta Avenue to the County line. The Buchtel Water and Sewer Department would like to thank Buchtel residents for their time and patience during this incident.
The Buchtel Water and Sewer Department announces that crews are making repairs to a major water line break. Buchtel customers will experience a water outage until the line is repaired On Marietta Avenue, North Akron Avenue, Euclid Avenue, Water Street, Franklin Street, North and South Oakley, Duncan and State Route 78 from Marietta Avenue to the County line. A boil order will be in effect until further notice for these areas.
Boil orders are put into place as a result of broken water lines or local flooding. When this happens, the drinking water may have been contaminated which can cause many illnesses.
Here are some tips to keep in mind, should you find yourself in this situation:
- Bring water to a full boil, and boil for three minutes prior to use.
- Use only boiled water for drinking, preparing food or baby formula.
- To improve the flat taste of boiled water, keep cold in refrigerator.
- Put a cup over your faucets as a reminder to not use tap water – not even to brush your teeth!
- Instead of boiling water, you can disinfect water by adding one teaspoon unscented chlorine laundry bleach for every five gallons of water. Let stand 30 minutes before using.
- Be sure to use sanitized food grade containers for storing water.
- To disinfect water storage containers, pour a solution of one tablespoon of unscented chlorine bleach to a gallon of water into a container. Let the solution remain in the container for 10 minutes, then pour out the solution. Rinse with purified water.
- Boiled or disinfected water can be stored for six months.
- Dispose of ice cubes.
- When washing dishes, make sure to sterilize dishes with a final dip in water that has one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water. Disposable tableware is an option during a boil order.
- It is also recommended you sanitize hands when washing. Again, use one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water and rinse hand frequently by pouring rinse over the hands. Use paper towels to dry.
- Water for bathing doesn’t need to be boiled. Supervise children to avoid water being ingested.
The Nelsonville City Council will hold a regular Council meeting on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers at City Hall. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
The Nelsonville Volunteer Fire Department in cooperation with the York Township Volunteer Fire Department will be holding their 68th annual Christmas food basket program. The program started in 1948 when firefighters distributed 14 food baskets. For this 68th year firefighters expect to distribute over 170 food baskets at a cost of more than $5,000. The Parade of The Hills Festival held annually in Nelsonville in late August was established to assist in raising funds for the program. Funds are still raised by the festival and by soliciting local businesses and groups for their support of the program.
Applications for Christmas food baskets will be available on Friday, November 25th, and must be returned by Saturday, December 3rd. Applications will be available at the Nelsonville water office and the Nelsonville Fire Department. Approved Baskets will be delivered on Saturday, December 17th. Only residents of Nelsonville and York Township are eligible to apply for a basket. Persons having questions may call (740) 753-1244.
The Nelsonville Finance Committee will hold a meeting on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 6:00 pm in council chambers at City Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the 2017 budget. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
The City of Nelsonville Street Department announces that beginning Monday, November 21, 2016 at 7:00 AM the following streets will be closed for a water line repair. East Washington Street from the Public Square to Jefferson Street. Jefferson Street from East Washington Street to East Columbus Street. These streets will remain closed until the water line repair is completed. Please use an alternate route and avoid this area.