Athens Co Outdoor Emergency Warning Siren TEST Nelsonville, The Plains, New Marshfield, 12noon Wed, 12/6/17

Siren Test

The outdoor emergency warning sirens in Nelsonville, The Plains and New Marshfield will be tested at 12 noon on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, with a one minute sounding of the sirens. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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;

  1. DO NOT CALL 9-1-1 to ask why the sirens are sounding as this can overload the 9-1-1 emergency response system.
  2. 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.
  3. Go immediately to a safe area in your home or building, if high winds, severe thunder, and lightning are present.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
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Athens County Crime Solvers Anonymous December 2017, Crimes of the Month

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The following incidents have been listed by Athens County Crime Solvers Anonymous as December, 2017 Crimes of the Month.

The Athens Police Department is requesting your information pertaining to several crimes which have occurred in the City.

On October 7, 2017 at 11:00 PM, an individual was walking on the sidewalk near 60 N. Court St when he was violently struck in the back of the head. This resulted in the victim falling forward and striking his face on the sidewalk.  The victim suffered fractured bones in his face and a brain injury.  The individual who struck the victim was described as a light skin-toned black male wearing a black shirt.

During the afternoon of October 8, to the early morning hours of October 9, 2017, an unknown individual(s) stole a utility trailer from the Tractor Supply Company lot located at 1000 E. State St. The trailer is described as a 5 ½’ wide by 10’ long aluminum trailer with a wooden floor.

The Ohio University Police Department is requesting your information pertaining to several crimes occurring on campus.

  1. During the evening of September 4 to the early afternoon of September 6, 2017, an unknown individual(s) illegally entered a 2004 Pontiac while it was parking in Lot 50, which is the N. McKinley residential lot.  The individual(s) stole many items, including a camera, camera equipment, and books.
  2. On October 21, 2017 at 9:05 PM, a female was walking near Lot 104, located between Stewart St and N. McKinley Ave, when she was approached by a male. The male restrained the victim and then illegally touched her. The female was able to strike the male and flee to safety.  The male is described as white, 5’9” tall, wearing blue jeans, a gray shirt, and a black zip-up hooded coat.
  3. On November 16, 2017 at 6:00 PM, a female was walking on E. Union St (Jeff Hill) near Edgehill Dr when she was confronted by three males. One of the males made an inappropriate comment and she asked what he said. This same male was carrying an unknown object which he threw it at the female, striking her in the face. The three males then fled the area.

Athens County Crime Solvers Anonymous is offering up to a $2,000.00 cash reward for information on the above crimes if that information leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible. *Information on serious misdemeanors will be limited up to a $1000.00 cash reward.  **Any information that leads to the arrest of an individual responsible for graffiti, the board can authorize up to a $500.00 cash reward. If you have information on these crimes, please call (740) 594 – 3331.  You may also visit our website at or on Facebook.

Remember! Crime Solvers Anonymous needs your information and not your name so that your information can be passed onto the proper authorities.

Help us to help Athens County become a safer place.

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Everything You Wanted To Know About Snow Emergency Classifications, But Were Afraid To Ask.

Snow Emergency Information

 Is there a Snow Emergency?

The snow emergency level for our county is reported by the same news organizations from which you’d learn about school delays and closures. You can also find the snow emergency level online at many places.

What is a Snow Emergency?

Local media might report something like: “Athens County is under a Level 2 Snow Emergency.” What does that mean for you?

The snow emergency level issued by county sheriffs in Ohio is meant to give citizens a sense of roadway conditions, and in some cases, to limit or restrict travel on roadways in the interest of safety. The authority to declare snow emergencies is placed on the county sheriff by Ohio law and, in order to clarify the definition, sheriffs of Ohio’s 88 counties adopted guidelines to be followed when closing highways due to severe weather.

Legal Background

A county sheriff may, pursuant to Ohio Revised Code sections 311.07 and 311.08, declare a snow emergency and temporarily close the state roads and municipal streets within his/her jurisdiction when such action is reasonably necessary for the preservation of the public peace. Ohio Attorney General Opinion 86-023 states that a Sheriff of a County may declare a snow emergency and temporarily close County and Township roads; Ohio Attorney General’s Opinion 97-015 (pdf), issued April 1, 1997, concluded that this authority includes state roads, county and township roads and municipal streets.

Any person who knowingly hampers or fails to obey a lawful order of the sheriff declaring a snow emergency and temporarily closing highways, roads and/or streets within his/her jurisdiction may be subject to criminal prosecution under Ohio Revised Code Section 2917.13, “Misconduct at an emergency” or other applicable law or ordinance.

Snow Emergency Classifications

LEVEL 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.

LEVEL 2: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work. Motorists should use extreme caution.

LEVEL 3: All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be driving during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel or a personal emergency exists. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest.

Drive Cautiously

Remember, it’s impossible to know the condition of every road in the county. These are only guidelines for the majority of roads. If, for example, a Level 1 Snow Emergency is in effect, there may be secondary roads that could be hazardous enough to be rated at level 2 or even possibly level 3.

If there is snow present, you should always assume that the road ahead is worse than the stretch of road you are currently on. In short, drive with extra regard for your speed and those around you especially on curves, hills, and the bridges which usually freeze well before the rest of the roadway. Also give yourself PLENTY of stopping distance especially on icy roads.

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Winter Driving Safety Tips! ICE and SNOW, TAKE IT SLOW!

Winter Driving Coming Soon

Slippery When Wet

First Snow or Ice – Drivers usually aren’t prepared for winter driving and forget to take it slow. Remember to drive well below the posted speed limit and leave plenty of room between vehicles.

Black Ice – Roads that seem dry may actually be slippery and dangerous. Take it slow when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shady areas. All are hot spots for black ice. Remember, Ice and Snow, Take It Slow.

Don’t Crowd The Plow

Watch out for Blind Spots – The plow driver’s field of vision is limited. If you can’t see the plow’s side mirrors, the driver can’t see you. Stay two to three car lengths behind the plow.

Ice and Snow, Take it Slow – Snowplows travel well below the posted speed limit. Be patient. Try not to pass the plow. Watch for sudden stops or turns.

Beware of Snow Clouds – Snowplows often create clouds as they clear the roads. These snow clouds can reduce your ability to see.

Distance – Give snowplows room to work. The plows are wide and can cross the centerline or shoulder. Don’t tailgate and try not to pass. If you must pass, take extreme caution and beware of the snow clouds.

Speed – Snowplows travel below the posted speed limit. Again, be patient.

Vision – A snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they don’t always see you. Keep your distance and watch for sudden stops or turns.

Proceed With Caution!

Speed and Distance – The faster you’re going, the longer it will take to stop. When accelerating on snow or ice, take it slow to avoid slipping and sliding. Ice and Snow… Take It Slow.

Limited Visibility – Stay attentive and reduce speed. Know what’s going on around you.

Brake – Brake early, brake slowly, brake correctly, and never slam on the brakes. If you have anti-lock brakes, press the pedal down firmly and hold it. If you don’t have anti-lock brakes, gently pump the pedal. Either way, give yourself plenty of room to stop..

Control – When driving on ice and snow, do not use cruise control and avoid abrupt steering maneuvers. When merging into traffic, take it slow. Sudden movements can cause your vehicle to slide.

Vision – Be aware of what’s going on well ahead of you. Actions by other vehicles will alert you to problems more quickly, and give you that split-second of extra time to react safely.

Be Prepared!

Knowledge – Before leaving home, find out about the driving conditions by logging onto Safe drivers know the weather and their limits. If the weather is bad, remember: Ice and Snow … Take It Slow – or just don’t go.

Clear – Remove any snow on your vehicle’s windows, lights, brake lights and signals. Make sure you can see and be seen.

Inspect – Check your tires, wiper blades, fluids, lights, belts and hoses regularly. A breakdown is bad on a good day, and dangerous on a bad-weather day.

Time – Leave in plenty of time to reach your destination safely. It’s not worth putting yourself and others in a dangerous situation just to be on time.

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Nelsonville Street Committee meeting Wed, 11/29/17, 5PM, the public is invited and encouraged to attend

Nelso Committee Meeting

The City of Nelsonville Street Committee will hold a meeting on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 5:00PM in council chambers at City Hall. The meeting is being held to discuss Complete Streets.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

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Nelsonville City Council meeting Mon, 11/27/17, 7PM, public is invited and encouraged to attend

Nelso Council Meeting

The Nelsonville City Council will hold a regular Council meeting on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers at City Hall. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

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Nelsonville FD and Red Cross free smoke detector install Sat, 12/9, 9:30AM to 3PM, request smoke detector at 7405935273

NFD smokedetector giveaway

The Nelsonville Fire Department and American Red Cross volunteers will be going door-to-door in the City of Nelsonville on Saturday, December 9, 2017 to install free smoke detectors and offer fire safety information. The visits will take place between the hours of 9:30 AM and 3 PM on Saturday, December 9th.

The smoke detector installation is part of the Home Fire Safety Campaign of the American Red Cross. All smoke detectors are free of charge to residents.  Those who wish to request a smoke detector and fire prevention information may call the American Red Cross at 740-593-5273.

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Nelsonville City offices closed Thu, 11/23 & Fri, 11/24/17 for Thanksgiving Holiday, will re-open Mon, 11/27/17


The City of Nelsonville announces that all City offices will be closed on Thursday, November 23 & Friday, November 24, 2017 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. City offices will re-open for business on Monday, November 27, 2017 for regular business hours.

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Nelsonville boil order CANCELLED Kontner St, Short St, Mill St, Poling Ave

Nelso Boil Order Canceled

The City of Nelsonville Water Department has canceled the boil order for Kontner Street, Short Street, Mill Street and Poling Avenue water customers. We would like to thank those affected by this incident for their patience and understanding.

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Nelsonville BOIL ORDER Kontner St, Short St, Mill St, Poling Ave, Tue, 11/14/17 until further notice, take precautions to boil drinking water

Nelso Boil Order

The City of Nelsonville Water Department has issued a boil order for Kontner Street, Short Street, Mill Street and Poling Avenue water customers in Nelsonville until further notice. 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.
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