BARODA — The Baroda Township Fire Department isn’t normally in the pet rescue business, but firefighters in January got a call that sent them out anyway.
Department Capt. Doug deBest on Monday told the Baroda Township Board that the call was about a dog that had broken through the ice on a pond. Firefighters quickly realized that if a family pet was in the water, the family would try to rescue it, he said.
“We went because we knew they were going to try to save the dog,” deBest said.
And the family did just that, but had gotten the dog and themselves out of the icy pond by the time the department arrived, deBest said. Everyone was OK, including the dog, though some family members had lacerations from the sharp ice, he added.
DeBest urged people to stay off any ice as much as possible.
DeBest also reported the department answered 67 calls in 2018. That compares to just 35 calls in 2009, he said.
In other matters, Treasurer Brenda Troxell said the teen “Anti-Valentine’s Day Party” at the Lincoln Township Public Library last week upset some people.
“I thought it was very nice,” Troxell told library Director Jessica Enget about the party idea. But “I got my head bit off.”
Troxell said a resident confronted her and said, “Is this what our tax dollars pay for?” The party invitation in The Herald-Palladium asked attendees “to wear black,” and the resident felt that as such it had satanic hints, she added.
“Personally, I thought it was a great idea,” Troxell told Enget. “I have teenage grandchildren, and they wear black anyway. ... I was obligated to bring (the complaint) up.”
Enget told the board the party, which was very successful, was the idea of the library’s Teen Advisory Council, and “I stand by the programming.” She said she also got one complaint, which she will bring before the library’s Board of Trustees.
“There’s no big ‘anti’ feeling behind it, other than teens being teens,” Enget said.
Clerk Christina Price suggested using more neutral words in the invitation, and “maybe explaining a little more in the article” what the party is about.
The township board evidently had no ill feelings toward the library, as members approved a three-year extension of the township’s contract with the library.
Also Monday, the board approved dates that township offices will be closed in 2019, and office hours and meeting dates.
Township offices will be closed May 27 for Memorial Day, July 4 for Independence Day, Sept. 2 for Labor Day, Nov. 28-29 for Thanksgiving, Dec. 24-25 for Christmas, and Jan. 1, 2020, for New Year’s Day.
The board will continue to meet on the third Monday of each month. The office will be open from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to noon on Fridays.
In other matters, the board approved paying $230 to Oscar’s Print-Copy to make 20 copies of the township’s ordinances. The board also received a $299 invoice from the Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce for 2019 membership, but board members informally declined to join.