Nick McWilliams reporting – Following the end of fire protection agreements between Uhrichsville and Mill and Union Townships, a misunderstanding related to radio equipment has been resolved.
As part of the termination of the pact, Uhrichsville was tasked with returning two response vehicles to Mill, and one to Union.
Radio units supplied by Tuscarawas County were removed from the vehicles, after an earlier agreement was signed by Uhrichsville Fire Chief Justin Edwards with the county, noting his responsibility for maintenance of each unit.
The equipment was purchased through the 911 sales tax implemented to fund updated systems throughout the area.
According to a letter from Uhrichsville, it was believed to be the correct course of action to retain each radio as part of that agreement.
However, following receipt of a letter from the Tuscarawas County Prosecutor’s Office, signed by Assistant Prosecutor Robert Stephenson, which requested an immediate return of each unit, along with reinstallation, the city obliged, citing their misunderstanding.
The letter from Stephenson further stated the units should not be removed, due to their titles being in the name of Mill and Union Townships, respectively, and no notification was given to either entity, nor the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office.
The letter issued by Uhrichsville notes the city does feel they have legal grounds to take ownership of each piece of equipment as laid out by the county agreement, they have no plans to contest the prosecutor’s office, and that all equipment has been returned.
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