Services provided by the Township
Norwich Township has partnered with several organizations to provide a number of services to the community. Each service has been specifically designed for our residents and will offer information, training or experience on a number of topics.
Stray Dogs and Cats
Norwich Township encourages the responsible control of domestic animals on public and private properties. Domestic animals that are allowed to roam can be aggressive threats and contribute to the continuing rabies problem in this region. Because domestic cats and dogs are the primary carriers of rabies to humans, we consider stray cat and dog encounters with residents and park visitors to be a serious safety concern. We also ask people to be aware of the detrimental effects that feral and free-ranging domestic cats can have on native wildlife and natural ecosystems. Domestic cats are a significant factor in the mortality of desirable small mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. For these reasons, Norwich Township requires that pets be properly confined and controlled.
Stray or Loose Dogs
Report stray or loose dogs to either the Hilliard Division of Police at (614) 876-7321 or to the Franklin County Department of Animal Care and Control at (614) 462-3400. The Franklin County Department of Animal Care and Control has one or more animal control officers on duty 24 hours a day, every day of the year. This agency is also responsible for enforcement of dog-related laws and operates the Franklin County dog shelter at 1731 Alum Creek Drive. For more information, go to http://www.franklincountyohio.gov/commissioners/ancl/programs/enforcement.cfm.
The Capital Area Humane Society (CAHS) at (614) 777-7387 will accept stray cats and other animals for a fee if they have space available in their facility at 3015 Scioto-Darby Executive Court in Hilliard. For more information, go to http://www.cahs-pets.org/.
Norwich Township will assist in removing dead wildlife from Township roads whenever possible. Report dead wildlife found on roads to the Norwich Township Roads Superintendent at (614) 876-2236 during normal business hours.
Norwich Township is pleased to continue the Child Car Seat Safety Check. This program is designed to assist families, who already have car seats, in ensuring that they are installed properly. Beginning in January 2012, these checks, by appointment only, will be held the first and third Fridays of each month from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM at Norwich Township Fire Department Station 81, located at 5181 Northwest Parkway. To schedule your appointment, please call (614) 876-7694.
Norwich Township Fire Department is a proud member of the Central Ohio Safe Kids Coalition. For more information, go to safekidscentralohio.org/.
Most households have hazardous waste materials that cannot legally be disposed with regular trash because they can cause injury or are harmful if not used, stored, or disposed properly. Items such as paint (not latex), lighter fluid, gasoline, paint thinner, kerosene, polishes, adhesives, pool chemicals, acids, drain cleaner, paint stripper, antifreeze, insecticides, rat poison, mercury/Ni-cad and lithium batteries should be disposed of at a household hazardous waste collection.
The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) has opened a permanent Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection site at 645 E. 8th Avenue, Columbus. This location has regularly scheduled weekly hours, but closed on holidays. Hours are Wednesdays and Fridays 12:00PM - 6:00PM and Thursdays 9:00AM - 5:00PM.
No materials from businesses will be accepted at either location. If your business has hazardous waste materials to dispose, please call the Ohio EPA (614) 728-3778.
Did you know... you can dry up latex paint! Latex paint is water soluble and can be dried out converting it to a non-hazardous material. There are point hardeners available in stores or you can mix the paint with cat litter or sawdust. Leave the lid off to speed up the process. When the paint is dry, throw it in with your regular trash.
For more information, go to http://www.swaco.org/Residents/HouseholdHazardousWaste.aspx.
The Franklin County Public Health Department offers their Children's Immunization Clinics at Norwich Township Fire Station 83, 4283 Davidson Road, on the second Wednesday of every month from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Appointments must be made by calling (614) 525-3719. Required immunizations are available for a $15 administration fee to children ages one month to 18 years of age. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay. Clinics falling on a holiday will be cancelled.
Please be sure to bring your child's shot record with you to the clinic, parents must have photo identification and their insurance card. A completed consent form is required if a parent or legal guardian is not present at the clinic. For more information you may go to myfcph.org/imm.php.
Police services, including patrol and investigation, are provided by the Hilliard Police Department for both the unincorporated areas and areas within the city limits. Residents of the Township who reside within the City of Columbus are served by the Columbus Division of Police.
Norwich Township has contracted with Franklin County Public Health for mosquito control in 2013. Franklin County Public Health uses an Integrated Pest Management approach with a public health focus to reduce and control disease carrying.
Many tools and techniques are used throughout the mosquito season to help control the mosquito population. These include:
1) Larviciding areas of stagnant water and storm water catch basins to prevent mosquitoes from hatching in these prime breeding sites.
2) Surveillance of adult mosquito populations by the use of traps.
3) Testing of adult mosquitoes for the presence of disease.
4) Adulticiding (spraying) using Ultra Low Volume (ULV) truck mounted equipment to treat residential areas to reduce adult mosquito populations.
5) A variety of educational materials and awareness approaches.
In addition, historical data about mosquito breeding locations, areas that traditionally have high adult mosquito populations, and the frequency and distribution of mosquito-borne diseases throughout Franklin County also allow us to concentrate and focus our efforts. We also rely on residents to report areas that they suspect may be mosquito breeding areas and/or when there is an increase in adult mosquito activity.
Mosquito control in Franklin County goes back at least 35 years, but in 2007 Franklin County Public Health began a very successful partnership with Vector Disease Control International (VDCI). This company specializes solely in providing mosquito control services. Under the direction, guidance and oversight of Franklin County Public Health, VDCI staff carries out the day-to-day operations of the Franklin County Integrated Mosquito Management Plan. They provide an exceptional level of service and expertise. This unique partnership between a public health agency and private industry has allowed mosquito control in Franklin County to excel and become a model program within the state of Ohio.
Unfortunately, Franklin County Public Health has officially heard from the Ohio Department of Health that they will not be testing mosquitoes for West Nile Virus (WNV) at all this year. While we are not surprised, we are disappointed. The Ohio Department of Health has lost their federal funding to support this program. We are fortunate here in Franklin County to have a comprehensive program that already involved using RAMP testing (a quick WNV test) and Franklin County Public Health tests about 60% of the mosquito pools in-house. That will continue this year. Their experience with RAMP testing over the last 6 years has demonstrated a 90% or greater testing accuracy. What they will lose is the verification of those RAMP test results and the testing of the other 40% of the mosquitoes. Franklin County Public Health will also lose the weekly statewide arbovirus/surveillance updates.
Because Franklin County Public Health will not be able to test 100% of the mosquitoes this season, it is going to be even more important to us to hear from the residents about problem areas (whether standing water or high mosquito populations). Detailed information about the mosquito program and a form to request service or report an area of concern is available on the web site. Visit www.myfcph.org or call Franklin County Public Health’s Mosquito Bite Line at (614) 525-BITE (2483).
Norwich Township contracts with Local Waste Services for waste disposal services for unincorporated residents. Benefits to residents who receive this service include reduced rates, recycling and yard waste collection services. The company bills residents directly for the services provided. Senior citizens receive a discount on their monthly bill. However, you must notify Local Waste Services to receive this discount.
The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio provides for disposal of solid waste and composting of yard waste generated within the township. Local Waste Services contracts Rumpke of Ohio, Inc. for their recycling facilities. If you need to arrange for trash and recyclables collection with Local Waste Services, call (614) 409-9375.
Please place your waste materials in sealed garbage or paper bags (strong enough to securely hold the contents), or plastic or metal cans. Closed cardboard boxes are acceptable for bulky or loose materials; however, Local Waste Services is not able to collect overloaded or wet boxes. To ensure driver safety, no container should weigh more than 50 pounds. Local Waste Services have 95-gallon waste containers available to rent. Contact them directly at (614) 409-9375.
Trash Service Guidelines
Please have your trash out by 7:00 a.m. on your scheduled pick-up day. Please have your yard waste in biodegradable brown paper bags or in containers that are marked “YARD WASTE”. Brush must be tied or bundled in 4 foot or less lengths. The following items are deemed uncollectible items:
- Household Hazardous Waste
- Lead Acid Batteries
- Liquids, Paints, Oils
- Freon-based Appliances
- Large Automobile Parts
The following items are deemed recyclable items:
- Glass (food and beverage containers)
- Steel/Tin Cans
- HDPE and PETE Plastics (#1 and #2)
- Aluminum Cans
- "Kraft" or brown paper grocery sacks
- Corrugated Cardboard
- White/Yellow Pages phone books
- Newspapers and Magazines
All recyclable materials will be collected and mixed together in a truck. It is then separated at the local recycling center. Do not bundle or bag materials. Place loosely in bins. Plastic grocery bags are NOT accepted. Please return them to the grocery store. Window glass and glass dishes are NOT recyclable.
If you reside in the unincorporated areas of Norwich Township and need a recycling bin, simply call Local Waste at (614) 409-9375 to have a bin delivered or stop by the Safety Services Building at 5181 Northwest Parkway Monday through Friday between 8:00AM and 4:00PM to pick one up.
Bulk Items (bulky or heavy items)
Local Waste Services will collect bulk items with your other items on your scheduled pick-up day. Please cut bulk material such as boards, fencing, paneling and carpeting into four foot lengths and tie into bundles with a diameter not to exceed 18 inches. All other types of bulk materials should be collected as one piece. Please keep in mind that single items weighing more than 50 pounds may injure your driver. To schedule removal of any Freon-based appliances, contact Local Waste Services directly.
For more information, go to http://www.localwasteservices.com.