The Mifflin Township trustees Jan. 20 honored longtime resident Dolly Hanning with a resolution to recognize her many years of service to the township.

The Mifflin Township trustees Jan. 20 honored longtime resident Dolly Hanning with a resolution to recognize her many years of service to the township.

Hanning, who is known affectionately as "the mayor" of the township, has attended the trustees' meetings for the past 44 years, and the trustees said they often seek her input on matters they are considering.

Trustees chairman Joe Spanovich said Hanning has "served very faithfully in being, more or less, our conscience" in working for the benefit of the township.

"She has helped guide us through the good times and the bad times," Spanovich said.

Trustee Lynn Stewart said the recognition is deserved and is something all the trustees wanted to do.

"We sincerely thank you for your dedication and service to this township," Stewart said.

Hanning, who received a copy of the official resolution saluting her service and a bouquet of flowers from the trustees, said she always has and always will work for what she believes is in the best interest of the township.

Former MECC site slated for renovations

The trustees voted to proceed with a plan to renovate the administrative office areas of the township hall on Olde Ridenour Road, where the Metropolitan Emergency Communications Center's dispatching center had been. The center recently moved out of the space, which it had occupied since June 2004.

The resolution calls for the overall cost of the renovation to not exceed $14,000, with a portion of that coming out of the township's general fund. The remainder of the cost would be covered by the MECC, which provides emergency dispatching services for Mifflin Township and five other emergency-response agencies.

Fire Chief Jim DeConnick reported that the MECC's transition to Gahanna's Creekside development went smoothly, adding that the official opening was Jan. 27.

In other matters:

The trustees heard a report from police Sgt. Eric Baker on this past holiday season's food-basket program for needy township residents.

Baker, who has volunteered to coordinate the program for the past several years, said he was able to raise nearly $6,700 for the baskets because of the generosity of local residents and businesses and a $5,000 donation from the township's general fund approved by the trustees in November.

The funds were used to provide 100 baskets -- an increase from 75 in 2007 -- to needy families. The baskets included an assortment of food and a $30 gift certificate to purchase more food through Angel Food Ministries at a local church.

The trustees thanked Baker for his efforts, and Spanovich congratulated him on "getting the food out" to the residents.

The trustees will hold a staff meeting at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2, and their next regular meeting at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17. Both meetings will be held in the township hall, 155 Olde Ridenour Road.