On the record

Howland

WHAT: Township trustee meeting April 12

PRESENT: Rick Clark, Matt Vansuch and James Lapolla

Trustees:

l Approved the township’s 3 percent cost of $8,500 for a grant application by the county commissioners for the Ohio Development Service Agency Appalachian Rapid Response Program for the Golden Triangle Mill and Supreme streets improvement project. Officials said the grant being sought is for $187,000, with commissioners being the lead applicant and Howland covering a portion of costs;

l Purchased a 2017 Ford Explorer at $27,070 through state cooperative purchasing program;

l Will advertise for bids for street paving of 17 roads, with work for the first part in early summer and the second group to be placed for bid in July. Clark said voters passed a road levy to cover costs. The bid amounts will determine how many streets get paved;

l Approved a contract with Govdeals to perform consulting services for online surplus property networking auction services at no annual fee or start-up fee. Clark said the township previously used LightGov, which charged 6 percent of the sale price. He said the service is for auction of items, such as vehicles;

l Scheduled a public hearing 5 p.m. May 24 at township hall to hear comments for and against demolition of property at 2033 Stillwagon Road NE. The property was declared unfit for habitation.

— Bob Coupland

WHAT: Township park board meeting April 13

PRESENT: Allen Seman, Jessica Gault and John Sandberg

The board:

l Reported striping and painting has been done on the pickleball courts at Bolindale Park. Bazetta resident Robyn Hineman said she can assist in getting clinics or programs started. She said she has worked with Trumbull Family Fitness on instructing pickleball;

l Heard from Gault that resident Mary Pipino with the local Girl Scouts received a $500 grant that can be used at the park;

l Met with representatives of the soccer league about having more time between games for people to get in and out of the township park to avoid traffic congestion and parking issues. It was suggested scheduling games 45 minutes apart. League members, who use park fields for games, said this would be hard for families who have to stay for several games.

— Bob Coupland

WHAT: Township trustee meeting April 26

PRESENT: Rick Clark, Matt Vansuch and James Lapolla

Trustees:

l Approved the resignations of Zachery Hileman, a part-time firefighter / emergency medical technician who is moving to Florida for a new job; Tony Villanueva, a police detective, who is becoming the new chief of the Trumbull Ashtabula Group drug task force; and Roger Gillum, a part-time patrolman moving to Las Vegas for a police position;

l Approved a three-month extension of a six-month moratorium on the issuance of permits for dispensing marijuana within the township;

l Paid the township’s $17,000 share to the Trumbull County Engineer’s Office for the Warren Sharon Road and Howland Wilson Road intersection safety upgrade and signalization project;

l Approved the sale of two police vehicles at $2,000 each to Jeff Payne of Payne Auto Body Inc.;

l Hired Leone DiCesare for summer work to Sept. 30 not to exceed $1,170 per month with no benefits. From Oct. 1 to March 31, DiCesare will work as needed at a rate of $8.53 per hour;

l Declared 10 properties in different parts of the township as nuisances in violation of township zoning codes because of high grass. The zoning office has not received any response from property owners to correct the violations.

— Bob Coupland

WHAT: Board of Education meeting April 24

PRESENT: Ken Jones, Susan Brucoli, Matt Darrin and Barbara Wright

ABSENT: Scott Lehman

The board:

l Heard from H.C. Mines Principal Jennifer Stephenson of a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) program for students held on Saturdays at the school. Jones said students learn about science, chemistry and math and take part in experiments and hands-on learning incorporating different subject areas;

l Announced more than 210 seniors are scheduled for graduation 7 p.m. May 31 at Packard Music Hall in Warren;

l Approved $1,500 to the school district’s Destination Imagination program with a team from Howland Middle School and Howland North Road School scheduled to take part at global finals May 24 to 27 in Knoxville, Tenn. Teams from the district have advanced to finals in prior years;

l Approved changing the kindergarten entry age from the current must be age 5 by Sept. 30 to must be age 5 by Aug. 1 effective with the 2018-2019 school year. Jones said this will bring the district in line with most other districts that have an Aug. 1 deadline;

l Heard from Jones, who explained the recent pay increase for Superintendent Kevin Spicher from $100,000 to $112,500 for the 2017-18 school year, which will be his pay for the next five years through July 2022. The board approved the contract extension in February. He said Spicher is below the state average of $125,000 for district of similar size and population as Howland. Jones said Spicher in his years as superintendent implemented all-day kindergarten, redistricted the school buildings, eliminated a bus route to save money, and reassigned 37 teachers at the high school to be in areas best suited for meeting state educational standards;

l Rescheduled the next meeting to 5:30 p.m. May 22 at the middle school.

— Bob Coupland

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