Norwalk Reflector: Westerhold, Borgia argue over disaster plan

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Westerhold, Borgia argue over disaster plan

• Aug 25, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Aug. 25, 1983


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Westerhold, Borgia argue over disaster plan

If a tornado, blizzard, toxic chemical spill or other disaster hits Huron County, would local authorities be ready? County commissioner James Westerhold doesn’t think so.

He called a meeting this morning to talk about planning for a disaster and at times, the discussion became heated over whether or not the county is prepared.

Westerhold has been unhappy with the work of Disaster Director Richard Kerkhoff, and has said he wants Kerkhoff replaced in the $5,000-a-year part-time position.

“I have nothing in front of me. I don’t see any action,” on a county disaster plan, Westerhold said when the meeting started. Two months ago, Kerkhoff, a full-time deputy sheriff, talked about the same topic and Kerkhoff said he was working on the plan at the time.

Sheriff John Borgia, who is often at odds with Westerhold, disagreed with the commissioner and said his office would be ready. As an example, Borgia said deputies handled the blizzard of 1978 very well, coordinating their efforts with the National Guard and county highway department.

“If a railroad car overturns, we don’t have a damn telephone number who to call,” Westerhold said.

“Maybe you don’t but we do,” Borgia replied, and later shouted at Westerhold, “Since when are you in the disaster business?”


Margaret Christy opens art gallery

Maargaret A. Christy will sell the products of 45 years of creative endeavor at her new art gallery, The Partridge Gallery, on Cline Street.

The home of the former Norwalk High School art teacher is filled with paintings, drawings and sculpture that she will offer for sale.

In recent weeks she has been redecorating the home and arranging art pieces in preparation for the opening of the gallery Sept. 10.



Robinson will transfer to Willard High School

Nolan Robinson, a key member of the Norwalk High School varsity basketball team last winter, will transfer to Willard High School this week, he said this morning.

Robinson played in 17 of the Truckers’ 23 varsity games last year as a freshman. He shot 55 percent from the floor and 74 percent from the line. He scored 69 points for a 4.1 average and had 65 rebounds for a 3.7 average.

Robinson said his mother is moving to Willard because of her job. Mrs. Robinson was not available this morning for a comment.

Robinson went to Willard from third grade to seventh grade before moving to Norwalk, where he and his family spent the last three years.


Willard football

(Photo caption) Willard football coach Terry Toth and his captains for the 1983 season — Doug Stover, Roger Stephens, Rex Adams and Craig Eier. The Flashes will host Perkins in a preview at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in their final scrimmage.


National West champs

(Photo caption) Gaymont Nursing Center was the National West champion this summer in the Women’s City Slow Pitch League. Team members are Sylvia Horning, Mary Green, Tammy Walker, Lora Gaddy, Jennie Turner, Ludie Frankart, coach Dave Frankart, Sue Ann Ruggles, Sue Fritz, Amy Fritz, Chris Egle, Karen Green, Suzette Kuhlman and Pennie Cozart. Not pictured is coach Jerry Spencer.


— Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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