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Big Barn Burns in Huntsburg TownshipA 16,000-square-foot structure at 17076 Chardon-Windsor Road in Huntsburg Township was destroyed by fire early Saturday morning, according to a…

Big Barn Burns in Huntsburg Township

A 16,000-square-foot structure at 17076 Chardon-Windsor Road in Huntsburg Township was destroyed by fire early Saturday morning, according to a Middlefield Fire Department representative.

The department responded to a 9-1-1 call at 4:20 a.m. from someone who saw the fire.

The blaze was brought under control in less than an hour with assistance from Montville, Chardon, Hambden, Burton and Windsor fire departments.

The building, formerly a horse barn, was not occupied and no one was injured, according to the report.

The Geauga County Fire Investigation Unit did not have a cause at press time.

The Geauga County Auditor’s Office website shows the 15-acre parcel and building belongs to Todd and Mary Pittis from Chardon.

Heating Assistance Available to Help

Geauga County Job and Family Services reminds county residents that there are several programs available to help low-income individuals and families needing assistance with the cost of heating their home.

This season’s extreme temperatures might have caused many households to consume a greater than normal amount of heating fuel. For low-income households this can create a real financial hardship.

Programs that assist with providing bulk fuel delivery as well as past due regulated gas and electric bills are available through Geauga County JFS.

Applications are accepted Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for the Home Energy Assistance Program Winter Crisis Program, Community Services Block Grant, and the Prevention, Retention and Contingency program.

Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements to receive assistance and they differ with each program.

Applications are available at Geauga County Job and Family Services, 12480 Ravenwood Drive, in Munson Township.

For additional information, call 440-285-9141.

County Recognized for Excellence

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has awarded Geauga County a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its comprehensive annual financial report.

“The certificate of achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management,” according to a GFOA news release.

The award was presented to Geauga County Auditor Frank Gliha, whose office is primarily responsible for preparing the CAFR.

The CAFR is judged by impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to communicate clearly its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR, according to the GFOA.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

GSWCD Special Meeting

Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District will hold a special meeting at 7:30 a.m. March 24 at the Patterson Center, 14269 Claridon-Troy Road, Burton.

The purpose of the meeting is to review the NPDES Phase 2 Memorandum of Understanding between county departments and townships.

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