Sunbury Village Administrator Dave Martin attended his first Village Council meeting in four months last week after being seriously injured in November when his motorcycle collided with a deer.
Martin returned to work Monday, March 4, and put in an eight-hour day. He said he took a break the afternoon of Wednesday, March 6, to be ready for that evening's council meeting.
"I'm up and down but getting there," he said before the council meeting. "I'm just getting back in the (work) mode,"
The 62-year-old Martin was riding south on state Route 95 near Fredericktown in Knox County on Nov. 18 when a deer bounded in front of him. Martin collided with the deer and was knocked unconscious, suffering multiple injuries. The deer was killed.
During weeks of recovery, sometimes relying on a ventilator, Martin was treated for 10 broken ribs, a damaged right shoulder and other injuries.
He spent five weeks in Grant Medical Center, three weeks in Dodd Hall (a rehabilitation center at Ohio State University) and seven weeks in Michigan" with his son's family, Martin said.
"I have no memory of the five weeks (between Nov. 17 and Dec. 21)," he added.
Martin started riding his 2003 Kawasaki motorcyle in 2008 and racked up about 50,000 miles during that time.
"I really enjoyed riding," he said, "but I'm done. I told my kids I'm done."
He hopes to begin a new hobby, perhaps golf, if his shoulder injury heals well enough.
Mayor Tommy Hatfield and council members welcomed Martin back March 6 and said they missed him.
The 48-year-old Hatfield said he didn't want to get too misty-eyed but added it's great Martin is making a good recovery.
Martin credits his motorcycle helmet with saving his life. It's completely cracked open on the right side from the collision and from hitting the ground, he said.
The helmet rests on his office desk in Sunbury's Municipal Building.
"I'll keep it (there) for awhile," he said, "just so people can see what can happen."
During the March 6 meeting, Scott Belcastro, a broker and energy consultant, gave council an update on two companies he represents that will supply the village with electricity and natural gas as part of an aggregation process approved in 2011 by voters.
Border Energy Electricity Services Inc. has completed its certification process with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and should begin supplying electricity by April 1, Belcastro said.
An opt-out period in which residents or businesses could inform the company they would like to use another supplier has ended.
Belcastro said preliminary information shows that out of 1,677 residences in the village, only 118 opted out. Of the 140 commercial clients, only 27 opted out.
Volunteer Energy Services Inc. has contracted with Sunbury to provide natural gas.
That certification process is ongoing, and it may be June before Volunteer will begin serving the village, Belcastro said.
Both companies offer discounts for residents and businesses on certain portions of their monthly bills. American Electric Power and Columbia Gas of Ohio served most of the village prior to the aggregation agreements.