On the record


What: Bristol Board of Education special meeting on Monday

Present: Dennis Lenney, John Hickey, Kathie Johnson, Don Mickel and Scott Chapman

The board:

Approved Valerie Wires and Dana Slencsak as home instructors for the 2013-14 school year;

Approved Gene Jones as a substitute principal at a rate of $200 per day on an as-needed basis;

Non-renewed the following athletic supplementals: James Bosely, JV girls basketball; Michael Moore, boys soccer; Jack Rasmussen, girls soccer; and David Rowland, eighth-grade girls basketball.

– Bonnie L. Hazen


WHAT: Champion Board of Education meeting on Monday

PRESENT: David Mahan, Kelly Boyle, Jim Scher, Amy Schwab and Roger Samuelson

The board:

Will open bids at 3 p.m. for the planned relocating of the administrative/ board offices to the southeast corner of the high school. Renovation work will be done on the four classrooms to turn them into offices. Board offices now are on the third floor of the elementary school. The board decided to move offices to the handicapped-accessible high school;

Will have staff make up two calamity days at the end of the school year, with the last day for students moved to June 2. Champion used seven calamity days this winter, and the state allowed five;

Approved Brandon Vanscoy’s Eagle Scout project to construct three benches for and entrance to the high school parking lot. Work will be done this summer. Vanscoy is a junior at the high school and a member of Boy Scouts Troop 90;

Will begin negotiations with the district’s two unions whose contracts expire this summer;

Re-employed Central Elementary Principal Alexandra Nannicola on a five-year contract; High School Assistant Principal Anthony Carsone Jr. on a one-year contract; and James Koterba as part-time assistant principal at the elementary and middle schools on a one-year 178-day contract of six hours per day;

Re-employed Mark Harper as supervisor of maintenance / transportation on a three-year contact;

Accepted the resignations of custodian Richard Gwin with 41 years of service; and bus driver John Shaffer with six years;

Recognized middle-school science teacher David Murdock, who is one of 15 teachers nationwide selected for the Shipboard Science Workshop spending one week in July on board the research vessel Lake Guardian conducting aquatic research on Lake Erie;

Recognized eighth-grader Erin Goebel, who will advance to the state Power of the Pen tournament May 22 and 23 at College of Wooster;

Announced graduation is 11 a.m. May 24 at Packard Music Hall;

Announced the township’s Memorial Day parade will begin at 9 a.m. May 26 at the high school parking lot and travel to the cemetery.

– Bob Coupland


What: Girard City Council meeting on Monday

Present: Reynald Palone, Steve Brooks, Larry Steiner, George Eicher, Thomas Grumley, Joseph Shelby, John Moliterno and Louis Adovasio


Approved an ordinance authorizing the service director to enter into a pipeline right-of-way agreement with Halcon Field Services LLC;

Passed a resolution to seek renewal of a 3 mill, five-year tax levy for the fire department on the November general election ballot;

Authorized the director of public service to hire 10 temporary seasonal employees that are to be paid minimum wage of $7.95 an hour at a total cost not to exceed $50,200.

– Colin Harris


WHAT: Howland Board of Education regular meeting on Monday

PRESENT: Warner Bacak, Matt Darrin, Ken Jones, Scott Lehman and Barbara Wright

The board:

Accepted the following donations: $360 from Ohio Athletic Committee to the National Honor Society; $60 from Mahoning Valley Society of Professional Engineers to MS Math Counts; and two Smart Boards from Howland Glen PTO for Howland Glen;

Approved a change fund of $100 for the high school cafeteria snack line for the remainder of the school year;

Issued three-year administrative contracts to the following people: Gary Gawdyda, Erin Pierce and Kevin Spicher, principals; Michael Pollifrone and Maria Theofilos, co-principals; and Jeffrey McVicker, supervisor;

Accepted the retirement resignations of Debra Burke, night custodian; Janet Horsley, head night custodian; and Mary Pasquale, cook / cashier;

Authorized the creation of a fifth-grade teaching position at North Road Intermediate School for the 2014-15 school year due to student enrollment numbers;

Approved the purchase of two 2015 conventional 71-passenger Thomas Buses from Myers Equipment Corp. of Canfield for a total cost of $151,274;

Approved the instructional fee schedule for the 2014-15 school year, with two new fees including $14 for botany and $11 for astronomy;

Authorized the use of district school buses for the transportation of adults and / or students to and from the Thunder Over the Valley Air Show on May 17 and 18;

Set the next regular board meeting for 6:30 p.m. May 19 in the Middle School Media Center.

– Bonnie L. Hazen


WHAT: Hubbard Board of Education regular meeting on April 23

PRESENT: Donald Newell, Martin Franko, Tony Pantone Jr., Rocky Adams and Linda Silvidi

The board:

Accepted the following donations for an eagle mural to be painted in the middle school gymnasium: $250 from Dr. Sammarone; $50 from Ray Fallen; $100 from the Kelley-Robb-Cummins Funeral Home; $100 from Mayle Realty; and $200 from Kilar Fabrication;

Approved the transfer of $860 from the old athletics bank account to the Athletic Fund;

Approved Rhonda L. Baldwin as the board designee to attend public records training approved by the Ohio Attorney General;

Accepted the resignation of Kamiren Sieman, high school head swim coach, effective immediately;

Approved the following coaches for the 2014-15 school year: Christina DeSantis, varsity; and Brianna Lammers, seventh and eighth grade;

Non-renewed the following coaches: John W. Schiraldi Jr., head baseball and varsity assistant; Tim Schiraldi, JV baseball; Ken Miller, varsity softball; Kali Roberts, assistant varsity softball; volunteers Megan Schultz and Harry Roberts; Rodney Greenamyer, head varsity track; Ross Stoffer, Don Gosney and Ed Wilson, co-varsity assistant track; Josh MacMillan, assistant track; and Trent Stubrich, Karen Cassano and Trina Jones, co-junior high track;

Approved the following volleyball coaches for the 2014-15 school year: Jeremy Porter, head; Kimberly Smaldino, JV; Josh Howard, ninth grade; Greg Powell, eighth grade; and Katie Wright, seventh grade;

Accepted the resignation of high school teacher Amy Ramey, effective at the end of the 2013-14 school year;

Approved the following employees for a one-year limited contract for the 2014-15 school year: Barbara Toth and Julianne Carsone, HES; Danielle Amorganos, Diane Glodek, Colene Zedaker, Amy Slade and Evelyn Woods, HMS; Lisa Cricks, Damon Haught, Denise Parise, Holly Roberts, Katherine Sacco, Megan Shellhorn, Angela Walsh and Stephanie Hansley, HHS;

Approved the following advisers: Dan Nestich, band; Andrea Lewis, band assistant; Stacey Fabrizio, majorette adviser; and Sarah Gordon, flag line advisor;

Approved the following high school club advisers for the 2014-15 school year: Mary Ann Smiley, Carol Killian, Irene Pizanias, Mary Mathews-Bebech and Melissa Carchedi.

– Bonnie L. Hazen


What: Liberty Board of Education regular meeting on Monday

Present: Diana DeVito, Faustino, James Jones Jr., Gloria Lang and David Malone

The board:

Approved the Success by Six program at E.J. Blott from July 28 to Aug. 15;

Approved Ohio Graduation Test summer classes and testing at Liberty High School from June 9 to 20;

Accepted the retirement resignation of fifth-grade W.S. Guy teacher Cynthia Gagliano, effective June 30;

Accepted the resignations of high school science teacher Cassandra Bonvissuto and math teacher Lauren Catuogno, effective June 30;

Accepted a $1,000 scholarship donation for an LHS senior from CR Electric; and a $125 Visa gift card from Home Savings & Loan in Liberty;

Approved the following field trips: Student Council to the Mayor of Youngstown on May 15; grades 5 to 8 to Scrappers Field on May 9; grades 6 and 7 to the Skate Zone in Austintown on June 5; grade 8 to Splash Lagoon on June 5; and grade 8 to Washington, D.C., from May 21 to 23;

Granted supplemental contracts to Andrew Wilde, head softball coach, for $2,900; and William Amero, assistant softball coach, for $2,250;

Approved Laura Amero as a volunteer assistant softball coach for the 2013-14 school year;

Set the next board meeting for May 26.

– Bonnie L. Hazen

On the record


WHAT: McDonald Board of Education regular meeting April 14

PRESENT: Tom Hart, Robert Jones Jr., John Saganich and Eric Shehadi

ABSENT: Joseph Krumpak Jr.

The board:

n Accepted the retirement of high school English teacher George Peffer, effective May 30;

n Accepted the supplemental resignation of varsity cheerleading adviser Jessica Foster;

n Approved the following certified personnel on one-year limited contracts for the 2014-15 school year: high school teachers John Anthony, $39,117; Shannon Averell, $45,993; Jody Conway, $41,419; and Danielle DeChellis, $34,057; elementary teachers Amy Dolsak, $36,976, and Dana Larson, $40,836; high school teachers Tom Senich, $34,057, and Danica Ronghi, $42,555; half-time high school teacher Beverly Simpson, $22,997; and elementary teacher Erin Rogers, $38,825;

n Approved the following certified personnel on three-year contracts beginning with the 2014-15 school year: full-time school nurse Carol Augustine, $61,302; and high school teachers Louis Domitrovich, $52,091, and Cynthia Robinson, $47,712;

n Hired Kristin Edwards as part-time elementary computer teacher on a one-year limited contract at $20,222;

n Hired Diana Hughes as central office assistant at an hourly rate of $13;

n Accepted the resignation of high school study hall monitor / attendance Diane Hughes, effective April 15, and hired Chaille Wray on a one-year limited contract at an hourly rate of $9.25;

n Granted a 2.75 percent raise to computer technician Joe Celli, at a new hourly rate of $19;

n Hired Stephen Dunlop as bus driver for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year;

n Approved an eighth-grade field trip to Washington, D.C., on May 4, 5 and 6, under the guidance of high school teacher Chuck Mooney;

n Non-renewed all supplemental contracts, substitute contracts and federal grant contracts issued for the 2013-14 school year as a “housekeeping” action;

n Approved the following for professional leave: Beverly Simpson; Sharon Rose; Samantha Rozzo; Dave Vecchione; Laurie Smith; Lou Domitrovich; Cindy Robinson; Samantha Rozzo; Dan Williams; Danielle DeChellis; Pam Ross; and Renee Ifft;

n Approved a contract with the Village of McDonald for the use of the Woodland Park Pavilion for picnics.

– Bonnie L. Hazen


WHAT: Lordstown Board of Education meeting on Wednesday

PRESENT: Roberta Hiller, Ron Tyndall, Tracie Allen, William Catlin and Sandra McBride

The board:

n Approved the 2014-15 school calendar, with the first day for students Aug. 25, and last day May 31, 2015;

n Were presented a $14,000 donation from Michael Nelson, plant manager at Lafarge, for upgraded school technology.

In addition, a recent antique auction, craft show and dinner hosted by local parents generated $25,000 for immediate and future technology needs;

n Approved Mabel Jane Jackson, a registered nurse, as a consultant at $100 per month. If additional services are needed, she will be paid $25 an hour;

n Accepted $250 donation from Imperial Communities Inc. and $200 from Fear Forest.

– Bob Coupland

On the record

Warren Township

WHAT: Warren Township trustee meeting on Tuesday

PRESENT: Kay Anderson, Bob Bush

ABSENT: Terry Ambrose


l Approved placing the renewal of a 1.5-mil, five-year police operating levy on the Nov. 4 general election ballot. Officials said there will be no increase in taxes for the renewal levy, which generates funds used for day-to-day needs and maintenance operations of the police department. This will be the first time the levy has been placed on the ballot for renewal since it was originally passed five years ago;

l Approved new Pine Knoll Cemetery fee schedule effective this month, which includes $30 fee for use of the chapel. Only taxpaying residents of six months or more can purchase in the cemetery, unless they own a plot. Other fees are available at the township hall or from the cemetery sexton;

l Approved participating in the state cooperative purchasing program for supplies, services, equipment and other materials.

Bob Coupland

On the record

What: Newton Falls Village Council regular Monday meeting

Who: Richard Zamecnik, Nancy Hoffman, David Wilson, Phillip Beer and Tarry Alberini


l Approved an ordinance creating the position of crew chief within the water department with a pay range between $20.76 and $23.77.

The position was created to replace the position of the retired distribution supervisor, thus saving the village money in wages.

The new crew chief will be under the supervision of the water plant supervisor.

l Approved an ordinance amending zoning regulations based on findings of the planning and zoning commission, in order to make the village’s regulations more consistent, especially pertaining to setbacks.

l Approved a liquor licence for Mi Amigo Mexican Restaurant at 11 W. Broad St.

– Margaret Thompson

On the record


WHAT: Board of Education meeting on Monday

PRESENT: Russell Sewell, Virginia Blaney, Diane Duncan, Tim Gibson, Gary Morton

The board:

l Accepted the retirements of elementary teachers Karen Kish with 30 years and Lynn Kondoleon with 22 years;

l Accepted a $13,163 Toshiba America grant obtained by teacher Joseph Slifka for starting a Lego Robotics program for junior high school students next school year;

l Approved a two-year contract for Kiley Pal as superintendent’s secretary;

l Non-renewed high school science teacher Cory Hinzman at the end of the school year due to revisions in the science program;

l Approved Gibson to a three-year term as the board’s representative to the Trumbull Career/ Technical Center;

l Approved the high school band trip to Kalahari Water Park April 25-26 paid by the Band Boosters;

l Accepted a donation of 25 mini Ipads at $7,500 for Bascom Elementary and $287 to the principal’s fund from Warren Township Fraternal Order of Police;

l Approved the four-week Success by Six summer program for kindergarten readiness offered at Bascom Elementary School;

l Approved the Youngs-town Magic Club’s Night of Comedy program Nov. 8 at the high school complex;

l Held an executive session on negotiations with the LaBrae Education Association and the Ohio Association of Public School Employees Local 278. The certified union’s current three-year contract, representing teachers, expires Aug. 29, and the classified union’s three-year contract expires July 1.

– Bob Coupland


WHAT: City Council meeting on Monday

PRESENT: Steve Brooks, Larry Steiner, George Eicher, Thomas Grumley, Joseph Shelby, John Moliterno, Louis Adovasio

ABSENT: Reynald Paolone


l Approved a bid of $95,999 from Curtis Crump Construction for construction of new soccer fields at Liberty Park. The fields have been discussed by council for a long time as an enhancement project for the park.

– Bob Coupland

West Farmington

What: West Farmington Village Council meeting on Monday

Present: Melissa Moriarty, Dan Patchin, Shirley McIntosh, Renee Stevens, Kim Stevens and Tom Mooney


l Gave second reading to an ordinance for establishing connection requirements for the sewer system in the village. Mayor Thomas Christlieb said the third reading is scheduled for May 5;

l Heard from Joyce Gray of Rural Development, who presented a recap of the sewer project and explained the funding;

l Announced the festival committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at the village hall;

l Set spring cleanup and scrap tire pickup for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 10, with dropoff on Main Street;

l Announced the Easter egg hunt is 2 p.m. Saturday at the park.

– Bob Coupland

On the record


What: Bristol Board of Education meeting on Wednesday

Present: Dennis Lenney, John Hickey, Kathie Johnson, Don Mickel and Scott Chapman

The board:

l Approved keeping pay-to-participate fees for the 2014-15 school year the same – $100 per high school sport and $75 per junior high sport, not to exceed $300 per family. Lenney said the amounts have remained the same for several years;

l Approved purchasing fencing for the newer part of the elementary playground, and materials and labor for an outdoor learning lab in honor of Stella and Allen Shafer, who donated to the schools. The project is not to exceed $10,000;

l Purchased a 71-passenger bus from Myers Equipment Corp. at $78,222, and approved selling an older school bus to Bloomfield-Mespo Schools at $1,800;

l Reported the Beta Club won third place at the March state convention;

l Recognized students Anna Pleso and Brandon White for winning first and second place respectively in the Trumbull County Realtor Association essay contest with the theme ”Home is Where the Heart Is;”

l Approved 52 seniors for graduation at 2 p.m. May 25 in the school gymnasium;

l Will have students make up three calamity days June 2 to 4;

l Approved the 2014-15 calendar with first day for students Aug. 25 and last day May 29, 2015;

l Approved a donation of services from a dental sealant team from the Warren Health Department for specific grade levels of between 150 and 180 students. The cost would have been $6,750 in sealants;

– Bob Coupland

On the record


What: Howland Township trustees meeting on Wednesday

Present: Rick Clark, Jim LaPolla and Matt Vansuch


l Purchased two 2014 Chevy Impala police cruisers through the state cooperative purchasing program at $21,000 each;

l Renewed the agreement with the volunteer fire department for one year through March 31, 2015, at $15,000;

l Voted to not request a public hearing at the recommendation of police Chief Paul Monroe for the renewal of liquor permits for Avalon South Golf Course. Clark said official had no objections on the business obtaining new permits;

l Approved Alexander Pest Control for mosquito sprayings set for May 19 and 20, June 16 and 17, July 14 and 15, Aug. 11 and 12 and Sept. 8 and 9. Rain dates are the following evenings;

l Approved a fund balance policy to ensure in the event of an unanticipated event or emergency that adequate funds and reserves are available for continued and sufficient township operations;

l Heard from LaPolla that the wellness committee met this week to focus on community events and programs on promoting good health for residents.

– Bob Coupland


What: Bazetta trustees regular Monday meeting

Present: Trustees Paul Hovis, Franke Parke and Ted Webb


l Awarded the bid for spring cleanup to Sunburst Environmental Services, the low bidder at $693;

l Approved a supplemental appropriation of $6,300 to police for tools and equipment fund;

l Approved an expenditure not to exceed s $6,300 for three computers and adapters from CDW;

l Approved the promotion of reserve officer Mark Sember to part-time officer at a rate of $12 per hour with a $100 uniform allowance;

l Accepted several donations of guns and ammunition from Walmart to be traded to Standard Law Enforcement Company with the proceeds going toward the purchase of body armor and equipment;

l Approved the conditional hire of Thad Wajda as a full-time laborer at the contract rate, pending background check and pre-employment drug screen results;

l Approved an expenditure, not to exceed $5,000 for the emergency repair of a storm drain at 2761 Beaver Trail;

l Approved an expenditure not to exceed $4,500 to Mark Thomas Ford for a 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis to be paid from the general fund;

– Margaret Thompson

  • Granted Captain Mike Smith light duty status per contract until May 23.



WHAT: Township trustee meeting on Tuesday

PRESENT: Gil Blair, Marvin McBride, Steve Gerberry


Entered into a mutual agreement with Niles to transfer a 1989 fire pumper fire engine to the city upon delivery of a new 2014 Pierce fire pumper engine purchased by the township. Blair said the township and city agree to share fire equipment and firefighters and mutual aid on fire calls;

Reported the township and Niles are working to establish a joint economic development district covering about 100 acres in the area of state Route 169, and hope to finalize the JEDD within about a month;

Announced they resolved the billing issue with Girard for the Oakwood Estates residents regarding sewage usage with credits to be issued by the city in the next three month. Blair said there was a conversion rate issue when the bills were calculated with Girard to credit the residents;

Received a $2,362 scrap tire collection grant from Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste for curbside scrap tire collection and a $500 grant from Ohio Township Association Risk Management for firefighter training;

Promoted Dan Lowery from firefighter to lieutenant and Rae Cantola, John Minich, Anthony Fairbanks and Lou Vigilio from probationary firefighter to firefighters;

Approved disposal of two 2003 police cruisers, a 1996 police interceptor vehicle and miscellaneous police equipment, including lights bars, sirens, interior cages, radar units and video equipment;

Approved demolition of a garage at 1473 Salt Springs Road at a cost not to exceed $1,500. The house on the property was vacant and burned down in April;

Will accept applications through April 25 from residents interested in serving on the zoning appeals board as alternate members. Applications can be brought to the township hall;

Recognized April as both ”National Child Abuse Prevention Month” and ”National Autism Awareness Month.” Employees were asked to wear blue today to take a stand against child abuse;

Announced all decorations must be removed from the cemetery by April 30 so crews can do spring cleanup for Memorial Da



WHAT: Champion Township trustee meeting on Monday

PRESENT: Bob Farmer, Jeff Hovanic and Keith Bowser


Approved the township’s share of $253 toward the purchase of 800 feet of fire hoses and two portable Deluge guns at $5,075, with a Federal Emergency Management grant of $4,821 covering most of the costs;

Purchased a fire bay door at $1,674 for the fire department;

Accepted a $2,588 tire grant from the Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District;

Scheduled spring cleanup for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26. Tires can be dropped off at the township garage and regular household debris at the elementary school parking lot;

Received a $3,197 Federal Emergency Management grant for the fire department’s exhaust system;

Rehired Earl Huff as a seasonal employee at $8.25 per hour and hiring Stan Petrick as a season employee at $8 per hour;

Announced decorations will need to be removed from the cemetery with new items to be placed any time after May 12 for Memorial Day;

Announced the township communitywide garage sale is May 15 to18. A signup list will be available at Gone Tomorrow at corner of Glendola and Mahoning avenues;

Approved Alexander Pest Control for mosquito spraying at $164 per hour. Sprayings are set for May 27, June 24, July 22 and Aug, 19;

Set the township auction for 9 a.m. June 28;

Tabled for further review a motion on providing funds for continuing operations of the Champion SCOPE Center;

Met in executive session for zoning department performance evaluation.

– Bob Coupland


WHAT: Township trustees meeting on Monday

PRESENT: Richard Dascenzo, Heidi Brown and Phil Pegg


Approved spending $12,000 to purchase about an acre property north of the road department and cemetery off state Route 193 to expand the cemetery. An abandoned home on the property will be demolished;

Approved plans for a new salt storage shed behind the road department at $26,000, as required by new guidelines of the Environmental Protection Agency;

Hired Cody Moyer for summer cemetery help at $8 per hour for 30 hours per week:

Announced work is continuing on the new fire and police buildings;

Approved an agreement with Ohio Department of Transportation for salt for the roads through state purchasing;

Announced Easter egg hunt 1:30 p.m. Saturday at fire station.

– Bob Coupland



WHAT: Village Council regular Monday meeting

PRESENT: John Mansell, Donald Reider, Karen Jones, Ron Radtka and Howard Sheely

ABSENT: Robert Bond


Approved contributing up to $5,000 to the Lordstown Board of Education to pay for use of the district’s facility by SCOPE;

Approved a revision ordinance to pay $13,840.91 to Emergency Communications Network LLC for a CodeRed emergency notification system for residents. A second revision ordinance was also passed to provide CodeRed weather warnings for a cost not to exceed $4,500;

Approved an ordinance to acquire approximately 6.97 acres of land known formerly as the John Kunkel Army Reserve Base from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Council passed a second ordinance to pay the Corps of Engineers $64,500 for the environmental and administrative costs of receiving the property;

Approved an ordinance to purchase three in-car cameras for the police department at a cost not to exceed $14,460;

Passed a resolution in opposition of the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium’s Vibrant NEO 2040 plan to revitalize the northeast Ohio region through urbanization and consolidation endeavors;

Approved the purchase of a 2008 GMC Envoy from Sims Buick-GMC-Nissan at a cost of $7,983, which includes a $1,300 credit for trade in of a 1998 Chevrolet Lumina and $2,000 credit for trade in of a 2006 Chevrolet Impala;

Approved an ordinance establishing a drug and alcohol use testing policy for elected and non-elected officials and employees of the village;

Approved the rehire of Al Joiner for part-time maintenance work with the parks at a rate of $7.85 per hour.

– Margaret Thompson

On the record


WHAT: Township trustee meeting on Monday

PRESENT: Gary Lees and Dion Magestro

ABSENT: Ron Haun


Will meet with fire Chief Keith Barrett and members of the fire department regarding the dog that is housed at the fire station. Lees said a van driver was frightened by the barking dog. Trustees want to discuss liability and guidelines of where the dog is to be kept at the station;

Will meet with Hartford Township trustees at 6 p.m. April 29 regarding fire and emergency medical service Brookfield provides to Hartford. Trustees will meet May 21 with officials of Hartford and Vienna and Al Sauline of Aqua Ohio regarding water service for the communities;

Presented Beautification / Betterment Awards for residential properties to Gary and Willie Radu and to Ryan Sereday and for commercial properties to Orange Village Care Center. The awards are presented annual for those who maintain and beautify their properties;

Discussed the need to find senior citizen van drivers as one has retired and one recently quit, leaving only two drivers;

Will have Probate Judge Thomas Swift and a Nicole Agani of the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office attend the May 5 meeting to discuss senior citizen / adult protective services;

Heard from school board member Ronald Brennen, who spoke to officials on the board’s objection to an drilling or injection wells where any toxic chemicals or materials are being placed in the ground in the township;

Set cemetery cleanup for April 9 to 23. Volunteers and scouts will place flags on veterans’ graves at 9 a.m. May 10 for Memorial Day;

Set tire cleanup for 8 a.m. to noon May 3;

Hired Dan Paris as a park seasonal worker at $9 per hour for 20 hours per week;

Property Maintenance Officer Jimmy Ewing and trustees will take part in a property maintenance trip to look at properties throughout the community;

Set the egg hunt for 10 a.m. April 19 at the township administration building.

– Bob Coupland

On the record


WHAT; Southington Township trustee meeting on Wednesday

PRESENT: Sam Plott, Bob Reader, Dan Tietz


l Approved the chip and sealing for this summer of Herner-Countyline, Shanks Down, Barclay-Messerly, and Leiby-Osborne roads. The Trumbull County engineer’s office is preparing bids for the 7.25 miles of roads;

l Reported Leiby-Osborne Road is having an aged bridge removed and replaced with double culverts with work to be done by April 15;

l Approved $1,556 to Finley Fire Co. for turnout gear;

l Set spring cleanup for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 10 at the township garage;

l Reported work will continue on the walking trail by the township hall and former school property when weather improves;

l Announced the Trumbull Trustee Association will host a candidate / issues forum at 6 p.m. April 10 at the Southington school complex for the upcoming May 6 primary;

l Scheduled a zoning hearing for noon Saturday at the township hall.

– Bob Coupland


WHAT: Niles City Council meeting on Wednesday

PRESENT: Robert Marino, Frank Pezzano, John Merlo, Edward Stredney, Edward McCormick, Michael Lastic, Reggie Giancola Jr. and Stephen Papalas


l Adopted an ordinance approving and updating the recodification, editing and inclusion of various ordinances that have been passed.

This legislation will conform to classification and numbering systems of codified ordinances, as well as add, amend or repeal codes to comply with state law;

l Adopted a resolution authorizing the first quarter cash transfer from the general fund to the police and fire fund in the amount of $2 million; police pension in the amount of $150,000; and the fire pension in the amount of $150,000;

l Adopted an ordinance authorizing the service director to issue a request for qualifications to provide technical and administrative services pursuant to the Clean Ohio Assistance Fund Grant to remediate issues at the former Republic Steel, current BRT Extrusions Inc., site.

l Adopted a resolution authorizing the mayor to file an application and to execute contracts in connection with the Congestion Mitigation / Air Quality program for funding the state Route 46 and Niles-Vienna Road intersection improvement.

– Ashley Newman