Norwich Township Fire Chief Bob Kaufman on July 17 recognized Lt. Dave Baird for 10 years of service to the Norwich Township Fire Department.

Norwich Township Fire Chief Bob Kaufman on July 17 recognized Lt. Dave Baird for 10 years of service to the Norwich Township Fire Department.

Baird, a 1995 graduate of Hilliard High School, worked part time for the Jerome and Jefferson township fire departments and the Pleasant Valley Fire Department before joining Norwich Township as a full-time firefighter in July 2002.

He was promoted to lieutenant Jan. 4.

Baird leads several of the department's public programs, including one that focuses on the importance of changing batteries in smoke detectors, and he has been an integral part of the division, Kaufman said.

In other news at the July 17 Norwich Township trustees meeting, Road Superintendent Steve Montgomery reported township service department employees had completed 11 work days since July 2 cleaning up debris from the fierce June 29 storm that hammered central Ohio.

Montgomery said 114 truckloads of debris, mostly remains of trees and each about 8 cubic yards, had been removed from the township.

"Ridgewood was pounded hard," Montgomery said.

The subdivision was one of the few areas in Hilliard that was without power for several days after the storm.

Several residents reported the loss of numerous mature trees and moderate property damage.

Norwich Township Administrator Kate Cavanaugh estimated the storm has cost the township $30,000 to $35,000 at this point. She said the figure was an initial estimate made when Franklin County officials asked for estimated expenses a few days into the cleanup effort. A more accurate figure is expected once all costs are calculated.

Township officials do not anticipate reimbursement through the Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security agency or similar federal agencies, as was the case when the remnants of Hurricane Ike blew through central Ohio in September 2008.

The additional costs relate to the use of generators, fuel and the operation of vehicles and personnel for cleanup.

The township also hired professional contractors to remove several large trees that were beyond the capabilities of township equipment within Wesley Chapel Cemetery.