News & Current Events

Fire hydrant accessibility vital for residents’ safety

July 10, 2012

To ensure fire response times are as quick as possible, the Butler Township Fire Department is asking residents to keep fire hydrants clear of obstacles and obstructions year round.

We also encourage residents to report blocked or damage hydrants to the fire department at 890-2491.

Fire officials agree that hydrant accessibility is key to preventing fire damage. In fact, the Ohio Fire Code states that “materials shall not be placed or kept near fire hydrants,” and “a three-foot clear space shall be maintained around the circumference of the hydrants.”

Here are some quick fire hydrant safety reminders for residents to keep in mind:

Please – DO

Keep hydrants free of snow and ice
Keep hydrants free of overgrown grass and weeds
Report any damaged or leaking hydrants to the Butler Township Fire Department
Report any vehicles blocking hydrants to the Butler Township Police Department
Please – DO NOT

Paint hydrants
Alter or attempt to repair hydrants
Mark your curb or street

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Cemeteries have long history in township

June 12, 2012

Some Butler Township residents may remember back just 35 years or so when grave diggers at the Polk Grove Cemetery used dynamite to blast through the bedrock less than a foot below the ground’s surface. The process has become somewhat less disruptive these days with the use of a hydraulic jackhammer, now the tool of choice for digging 35-40 new graves per year.

Although the nearly 200 year old Polk Grove Cemetery is the only one still active, the Township Service Department maintains five cemeteries in all. In addition to digging the graves, township personnel pour bases for headstones, mow the grass, control weeds and keep the cemeteries clean and attractive.

Some 5,000 plots are still available for purchase. Pricing information is available on the township’s website ( or by calling the service department at 890-1218.

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