Created on Wednesday, 14 August 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Lt. Molly Clemens, commander of the Marysville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, confirmed today that troopers are working to secure a subpost location in Logan County to better serve county residents.
She said further details about the subpost location will be announced in the upcoming weeks as details and arrangements are finalized.
The subpost will provide better access for Logan County residents to troopers of the Marysville Post, which serves both Union and Logan counties.
“This will be very nice for the public,” Lt. Clemens said. “Then they won’t have to drive all the way to Union County for reports or if they need to talk with us.”
Other area patrol posts are working on similar efforts. Last week, Lt. Matthew Meredith, commander of the Findlay Post, announced the opening of a patrol subpost in the BKP Ambulance District building, 439 S. Main St., Kenton.
Plans for the subpost were developed over several months, but its Aug. 7 opening comes at a time when additional patrol accessibility is needed, Lt. Meredith said.
There has been a significant increase in fatal and serious accidents in Hardin County this summer. The patrol is responding by placing additional troopers on the highways throughout the area, the commander noted.
In 2012, a plan was introduced for the patrol to continue to provide the same level of services, but to also reduce costs. Ten districts were reorganized into eight with headquarters remaining open in Findlay, Bucyrus, Warren, Piqua, Columbus, Cambridge, Wilmington and Jackson.
“As part of the reorganization,” Lt. Meredith continued, “plans are to establish subposts in the 31 resident counties that do not have stand-alone posts to ensure appropriate traffic safety services and coverage in all of Ohio’s 88 counties.”
Those requiring patrol services in Hardin County should contact the Findlay post at (419) 423-1414.
Bellefontaine’s patrol post, formerly located at the new Aldi’s store site along south Main Street, was moved to the east end of Honda Parkway in Union County in the mid 1990s.