Letter to the Editor, Buckeye Lake Beacon November 2008
submitted by: Jeff Chorpenning

Link to  lower word count version  published 12/13/2008 Buckeye Lake Beacon

On November 8th, our self appointed Dog Warden continued with more "Duval diatribe" once again painting pictures based on circular logic. Regarding the illegal Medicare reimbursements to Trustee Watkins, I will obviously not be commenting on this until after the Court Proceedings of Bowling Green Township Petitioners Vs. Trustee Watkins has been heard and comes to a final conclusion. One thing is absolutely certain, had I not looked further into this issue & then requested a legal opinion from the county prosecutor, there would have been even more of these illegal $93.50 monthly checks written. Every member of the board, as well as the dog warden's wife, had ample opportunity to look into this issue further. But none of them apparently did anything, even after it was questioned repeatedly over several months, by a resident. Could more education about the Ohio Revised Code & laws have been a good thing here? The "Warden" clearly states that monies spent on training are "useless". I personally subsidized a big chunk of what he labels as "useless". I have already written on this topic. Mr. Duval is also inaccurate when he states that. "He also wanted the tax payers to pay for backhoe operation training and CPR certification. But luckily the other two trustees wouldn't approve the training and the CPR certification." The facts on the matter are that I wanted to have a discussion on the topics. I do not recall the discussion even making it to an actual board vote. On the backhoe topic, it was clearly conveyed that the board majority did NOT want me to be operating a backhoe period. The question still remains on why backhoe training by a certified instructor, even at a cost, would be inappropriate for a township worker or trustee. Any training like this can bring back an exponential result in cost savings, safety and preventing liability issues, not to mention other benefits. The offer to just get in & do hands on training may be nice for some, but based on the major damage that is already evident on the backhoe & buildings, I would rather any of the workers be trained by a certified trainer, under strict training guidelines & conditions. People may even have learned someone elseís bad habits and need retraining. Yes indeed, I had asked the board to bring the topic of possible CPR training for employees to a meeting. I fully support township employees knowing some basic life saving skills. Since we only have public meetings once per month, along with time constraints, I had already gone and recertified myself that year on basic First Aid, AED, and CPR before the next meeting. Of course I also have paid for this out of MY own pocket and have no issues with doing so. In 2008 I even took this one step further by completing instructor recertification. I now serve as a Volunteer Certified Instructor for the Licking County American Red Cross. I teach Adult/Child/Infant CPR, First Aid, and AED Community classes. Yes, I DO encourage all government entities with employees to train everyone and I would personally volunteer to be an instructor to help it happen. Donít find yourself like I did the Summer I got hit in the head working in the township with the "road gang". I found myself barely conscious as the Ďexpertí township operator handed me, (his victim), a first aid kit with a smirk. Donít be too late to provide some prevention training. Think proactive instead of promoting ignorance. As a certified trainer, the knowledge I am fortunate enough to share with others going through the program might even save my own life some day! Diatribe does not replace fact and a small price paid on prevention may stop a crisis or even death. Visit www.redcrossoflc.org and find out how you might save a loved one by investing in CPR, First Aid Training or how to volunteer to help others.