The Pledge of Allegiance will of course be recited as always prior to the Aug. 2 meeting of Sylvania Township trustees, but the activity before that will be a first.
The colors will be presented by the new honor guard of the Sylvania Township Police Department.
The idea of establishing an honor guard was shepherded through by Deputy Police Chief Ray Carroll who said he thought that when there is an appropriate occasion, the department should have a unit which, when called upon, could represent Sylvania Township in a dignified way.
Last year he sent two officers to an honor guard school in Goshen, Indiana, to come back with information on how to form an honor guard, the duties and requirements of honor guards, and other information to share with the members.
The six members, Chief Carroll said, "are all volunteers. They're all dedicated to representing the police department and the township with proper decorum."
Honor guards are called on often for duty at funerals of deceased officers. Those appearances are not limited to tragic deaths in the line of duty, but more often involve deaths by natural causes and often after the person has retired.
The team was sent to an honor guard academy in Alpena, Michigan, to hone their skills and they continue to practice. Chief Carroll said the American Legion Post on Centennial Road has allowed the group to practice "either inside or outside, whatever they need. They've been very helpful."
Continuing practice is important.
"One member just a little out of step with the others is magnified when everyone else is precisely on time, so continuing to practice together is important," he added.
Putting a team together has required numerous decisions.
"What kind of belt? What kind of shoes, collar brass? All kinds of little things. But you want to get it right," he said.
The chief said it had been hoped that the honor guard would make its initial appearance at the community's Memorial Day parade, "but the uniforms came in too late."
He noted that the parade is an example of the type of civic event the honor guard hopes to take
part in in the future.
A device which can travel in sewer lines with a camera has been approved for purchase by the Sylvania Township trustees.
Road Superintendent Rob Nash said it will allow his department to determine the exact location of blockages or breaks in pipes. The operator will also be able to determine the depth and angle of the pipe at the site of the problem. He gave an example of workers being called to the site of a sinkhole.
"You know where the sinkhole is, but that doesn't mean it's the site of the problem."
It can become necessary to dig down to the storm sewer pipe and then along it until the problem is discovered.
Another issue which sometimes occurs is that if the pipe is too deep underground, and state regulations kick in which require specialized equipment and training for people to work at that depth.
Mr. Nash said that using the new equipment should end those concerns.
"Not only will it tell us where the issue is and what it is, but we'll also no what type of material we'll need to fix it," he said.
The device is known as a Cues MPlus Portable Mini-Mainline Camera and Locator. It will be purchased from the M-Tech Co., of Cleveland for $11,695.
Speedy's bark may not be worse than his bite, but it recently proved to be bad enough.
The Sylvania Township police canine was recently called to assist at the scene of a burglary in progress on McCord Road by Lucas County Sheriff's deputies who were on the site, but who could not coax the burglars from the residence.
Sylvania Township officer Patrick Charest, Speedy's handler, said he was shown where a rear window had been broken and one of the deputies told him that he had seen two suspects in the structure.
The officers let the suspects know that they were going to open the rear door and let the dog go in. Officer Charest allowed Speedy to begin barking. While Speedy was barking, other officers were working to open the rear door.
Word came unexpectedly that the burglars were coming out peacefully. In what could be considered high irony, the suspects had called 911. Officer Charest said the female suspect told him they didn't know what else to do but call 911 after they became fearful that Speedy was going to be sent in.
Police Chief Robert Boehme said it was close to a perfect ending for what was a potentially very serious situation.
"In a case like that if officers are going in, they don't know what to expect. You might find two very meek suspects or you could find desperate, heavily-armed criminals."
In this case, Speedy created a situation where no one was injured and the suspects were arrested without further incident, he said.