Five firefighters were recognized for promotion, tenure and service at the April 15 meeting of the Norwich Township trustees.
Although new fire Chief Jeff Warren began serving March 10, his official swearing-in ceremony occurred April 15 before family and friends, including current and past fire chiefs from Norwich Township, Plain City and Pleasant Township, all of whom Warren credited with developing his character and leadership skills.
"There are great days ahead," Warren said. "There might be times that we don't all have the same opinion ... but (we will always be) professional."
After the swearing-in ceremony, Warren recognized other firefighters for their service.
Firefighters Kyle Righter and Rob Young were recognized for five years of service and firefighter Shane Gavin for 10 years of service.
Fire inspector Scott Tigner received a special service award from Warren for serving as the acting fire marshal from November to February while maintaining his duties as fire inspector.
In other business at the meeting, township administrator Kate Cavanaugh reported m spraying for gypsy moths would occur in early May in targeted areas, including inside Interstate 270 in the Ridgewood and Scioto Run subdivisions.
Low-flying aircraft will administer the spray that sterilizes the moth, Cavanaugh said.
Trustees concluded the 30-minute meeting with a brief discussion of the 5.12-mill Brown Township fire levy on the May 6 primary ballot.
Trustee Chuck Buck reiterated the need for the residents of Brown and Norwich townships to pay the same effective tax millage for Norwich Township to provide fire suppression and EMS services.
"I think (Brown Township) has done a good job of informing people (about the purpose of the levy) but if it is not successful, we will need look seriously at the continuation of our relationship with Brown Township," Buck said.