For the city of Dover, help will soon be available in a faster fashion for those who live on the north side of town.
Coined Parkside, the north end of Dover has drastically grown over the past decade, tripling its own traffic pattern in the past three years. The addition of the I-77 interchange also brings more motoring traffic in addition to business traffic to the region.
For Dover Fire Chief Russell Volkert, the addition of a second station is a welcome one. And, after recently giving a tour of the facility located at the end of Dublin Drive, he noted that it is something the City of Dover, its leaders and residents can be proud of for decades to come.
The goals were simple when constructing the facility: keep costs down; keep functionality to the max; create something that will last. As a result, insulation was a must in addition to radiant floor heat and heat pumps. The goal is to see the building serve the needs of Dover and neighboring villages such as Strasburg and Sugarcreek in the event of an emergency. “This building should be here 70 years,” Volkert shared.
In addition to the facility serving as a fire station, it is a tornado shelter for the pumper as well as the ambulance. It is also the home of an office which has its own private entry that can be used by the Dover Police Department if needed. The location allows for the expansion of one bay if it is needed. Living quarters at the building were designed with safety in mind in terms of ventilation as well as care to keep cancer-causing agents away from firefighters in general. To that degree, turnout gear that is often found coated in smoke and soot as well as various carcinogens are stored separately from living quarters.
Perhaps though, one of the best parts of the project, is that it was done using local companies who utilize local labor and therefore pumping dollars into the local economy. In fact, the contractor who traveled the furthest to help make the dream a reality was from Holmes County and was utilized for the sprinkler system.
The building can accommodate about nine firefighters but will be staffed with four to start. A pumper and ambulance will also call the North Dover Station home. Equipment such as a hydraulic jaws of life will also be at the department.
According to Dover City Auditor Nicole Stoldt, the building was constructed without debt. Dover started earmarking funds for the project about seven years ago. Dover Township also chipped in towards the price of the facility as it will help serve their residents as well. Total cost of the project was about $1.7 million.
Power outage in the areas highlighted, estimated restoration around 2:30 PM
48-year-old Darrin Troyer of Dover, owner of the Amish Paranormal Society, a ghost-hunting business based in Navarre, is locked up at the Tuscarawas County Jail accused of having sex with a 14-year-old boy. Troyer was arrested in a sting operation arranged by the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office. Detective Cathy Bickford says she was approached by the boy’s parents after they found text messages from Troyer on their son’s phone. Bickford says she intervied the boy, who said Troyer was communicating with him through Facebook and text messages. Bickford says she started communicating with Troyer posing as the boy.
Bickford says posing as the boy she set up a meeting at Dover City Park at 3:00 in the afternoon March 30th. Troyer pushed the appointment back to 2:30 and showed up at the exact location he said he would. Several sheriff’s officials took part in the sting to arrest Troyer when he arrived.
Troyer was taken into custody and held on a $50,000 bond. His bond was paid but was revoked on Saturday after he violated the terms of his probation by sending text messages to a 15-year-old boy. Bickford says this is a warning to all parents to be cautious about your children using social media.
Troyer was charged with one count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a fourth-degree felony. Anyone with information about this case is urged to call Detective Cathy Bickford at 330-339-7713.
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