It’s good when you can be pleasantly surprised by new technology.
The Stark County Sheriff’s Office app is worth adding to the growing number of products that many of our readers are urged to park on their busy smartphone screens.
The app, featured in a Review article earlier this week, is elegantly simple and very useful. Users who download it will find a clean and easy to navigate interface with options to learn more about missing persons, detainees and sex offenders. They can also contact the dog keeper, receive information about concealed handgun license permits, and submit a tip directly to the sheriff’s office.
A few more clicks takes users to a page where they can explore Sheriff’s Sales, a Most Wanted List, and COVID-19 protocols and alerts.
In summary, there is a lot of material in the app that can inform readers about life in Stark County. By extension, this makes them better residents and voters.
While some may wonder how the sheriff’s office was able to use the money from the CARES Act to cover the initial cost of the application, we do consider the funds to be applicable in this case. The app keeps residents informed of coronavirus outbreaks and best practices in a way that doesn’t disrupt essential phone services or require residents to go to the sheriff’s department for information. This is true for other essential information about repeat offenders, lost dogs etc.
We encourage readers with smartphones to try the app. They might be surprised both at how useful it is and how easy it is to spend a fair amount of time exploring it.
Upgrade of processing plant is welcome
The grant money from the Ohio Public Works Commission will help begin the first phase of upgrading the Alliance wastewater treatment plant.
As recently reported, City Council gave the green light to Director of Safety and Utilities Michael Dreger to enter into a construction loan fund agreement between the city, the Ohio EPA and the Ohio Water Development. Authority.
Wastewater treatment is not a flashy use of funds, but it is necessary for the quality of life of residents. By treating wastewater, a municipality is able to significantly reduce the amount of contaminated water released into the environment. This decreases the health risks of contamination and leads to a more environmentally friendly community.
Some readers may not realize that the Alliance’s sewage treatment plant provides sewage sludge from the treatment process to farmers and gardeners in the area. Sludge, classified as biosolids on the plant’s web page, is an alternative to chemical fertilizers.
The use of biological sludge also makes it possible to reduce its sending to a landfill. Sludge is available for free from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., although the city recommends calling ahead, especially after 3 p.m. and on weekends.
While the results of the wastewater treatment are not visibly noticeable in and around Alliance, the process is a vital part of Carnation City. Any upgrade that can increase capacity and environmental efficiency, especially with part of the cost borne by a grant, is welcome.