THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING FOR LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES AND GUSTY WINDS, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FOR ATHENS COUNTY UNTIL 8 PM THIS EVENING TUE, 3/31.
- WINDS -WEST 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.
- TIMING – THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH THIS EVENING.
- RELATIVE HUMIDITY – AS LOW AS 22 PERCENT.
- TEMPERATURES – IN THE MID TO UPPER 60S.
- IMPACTS – THE THREAT IS ENHANCED IN GRASSY AND BRUSH FILLED AREAS.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS, LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN CREATE EXTREME FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.
REMINDER – THERE IS NO OPEN BURNING ALLOWED IN OHIO DURING THE MONTHS OF MARCH, APRIL AND MAY BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 6AM AND 6PM.
The Nelsonville City Council announces a joint meeting of the Recreation and Planning and Development Committees on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at 6:30 PM in the Council Chambers. The meeting will be held to discuss ATV recreational use. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
The outdoor emergency warning sirens in Nelsonville, The Plains and New Marshfield will be tested at 12 noon on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 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.
- 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 City of Nelsonville announces that all city offices will be CLOSED on Friday, April 3, 2015 in observance of Good Friday. Normal business hours will resume on Monday, April 6, 2016. The City of Nelsonville wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend and remember to drive safely if you are traveling.
The Nelsonville City Council announces that the Finance Committee will conduct a meeting on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at 5:30 PM in the Council Chambers. The meeting will be held to discuss wages and benefits of non-union employees. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
The City of Nelsonville announces that the annual Sanitary Sewer Overflow Report has been completed. It is available for public inspection at the City Manager’s Office, located 211 Lake Hope Drive, Nelsonville. It is also available for download on the internet at http://www.cityofnelsonville.org.
Click link to download PDF copy of Report – Nelsonville Sanitary Sewer Overflow Annual Report 2015
On Monday, March 23, 2015, Nelsonville City Council by ordinance directed the City Manager to enter into contract for refuse, rubbish and recycling services for City residents, businesses and institutions with Southern Ohio Disposal, the lowest and best bidder. To accommodate the transition from the current service provider to Southern Ohio Disposal, the City Administration asks for your understanding and cooperation. Southern Ohio Disposal will be contacting all current customers by mail and describing the services they can provide, including a reduced rate residential service and curbside recycling. If you have general questions call the City Administration at 740-753-1314 or for specific questions contact Southern Ohio Disposal at 740-385-8101 or 1-800-809-7721.
The City of Nelsonville will implement a city wide street sweeping program starting Monday, April 6, 2015. The streets will be swept Monday through Friday the first full week of each month. Citizens will be required to use an alternate parking spot the day their side of the street is swept. As shown on the attached map, the city is divided into two sections with Watkins Street being the divider. The East Section will be swept on Mondays and Tuesdays, while the West Section will be done on Wednesdays and Thursdays. In each section, even residential address numbers will be swept one day and the odd side of the street will be swept the following day. Residents with questions can call 740-753-1314.
Click on link for PDF copy of street sweeping map – Nelsocity Street Sweeping Map
Nelsonville City Council has a regular meeting on Monday, March 23rd, starting at 7:00 pm. The meeting is in City Council Chambers at 211 Lake Hope Drive, Nelsonville, Ohio. The public is encouraged to attend.
The U.S. Forest Service’s Wayne National Forest is hosting a FREE Scrap Tire Drop-off event for Athens County Residents Only, Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 8 a.m. till noon at the Wayne National Forest Headquarters, located off US Hwy 33 between The Plains and Nelsonville.
The event has the capacity to collect up to 1200 scrap tires, which will be later recycled. Once the trailer is full, the collection site will close. No tires will be received after hours. No tires will be accepted from tire shops, dealers, or repair shops. No tires exceeding 54 in. in height and/or 16 in. in width will be collected.
The event is being held in partnership with Athens-Hocking Solid Waste District, Athens City-County Health Department, Athens County Prosecutor’s Office and Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful. Funding provided by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Additional Athens and Hocking County collection sites are listed at http://www.ahswd.org.
The public is reminded violators of scrap tire laws could be prosecuted as a felony offense in Ohio with a fine of at least $10,000 but not more than $25,000, or imprisonment for at least two years, but not more than four years, or both.
For more information, visit our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/wayne. Follow the Wayne National Forest on Twitter: @waynenationalfs and on Facebook.