On the record


What: Howland Trustees regular Wednesday meeting

Who: Rick Clark, Matthew Vansuch, Dr. James Lapolla


Accepted the resignation of firefighter/paramedic Russell Moser and firefighter/EMT Amy Shafer.

Approved the purchase of a dump truck body and accessories for about $38,900 through the ODOT Cooperative Purchasing Program from Gledhill Road Company.

Authorized the transfer of $5,000 from the gasoline tax materials fund to its maintenance and equipment fund.

Authorized the advertisement of bid for two vehicle exhaust removal systems to be installed at fire station 30 and 32.

Declared 14 properties to be a nuisance.

Approved to forgo a hearing to transfer the liquor permit for Wine Styles from A & K Legends Again LLP to VINOH53 LLC.

Approved the establishment of a Fire Loss and Demolish Insurance Account.

Approved a contract with Frank Gates as the township’s third-party administrator for worker’s compensation claims at an annual fee of $11,272.

Approved to discontinue the fire department’s medical direction services with Dr. Ted Spiritos, since the department found a free alternative through the county EMS.

Hired Carmen Altobelli as a part-time patrolman at $12.29 per hour on an as-needed basis.

Authorized the sale of a weed eater and several miscellaneous items to be put up for bid on LightGov auction.

Approved an alternative tax budget for fiscal year 2015 to be submitted to the Trumbull County Budget Commission.


WHAT: Brookfield Township trustees special meeting Tuesday

PRESENT: Ron Haun, Dion Magestro, Gary Lees


Met with representatives of the Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer’s office regarding the South Bedford Road sewer improvement project. Haun said trustees are looking at what grants will be available to help residents;

Discussed various projects and goals for the remainder of the year including cracking down on violators on the public maintenance codes, working with the school district on promoting drug-free community, and completing road projects;

Hired two new volunteer van drivers to transport local senior citizens and residents to doctor’s appointments, stores and other locations;

Discussed declaring parcels through the county recorder ”historic” at the township historical district at the square off state Route 7.

– Bob Coupland

Howland BOE

WHAT: Howland Board of Education meeting on Monday

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

The board:

Discussed plans to place a 10-year renewal emergency operating levy on the November general election ballot. Superintendent John Sheets said there will be no increase in taxes with a renewal. Two motions will be needed by the board to place the issue on the ballot, with the first motion set for the July meeting;

Approved a two-year contract to Vincent Procopio as Howland Middle School assistant principal. He had served previously as a middle school physical education teacher;

Named former district teacher Stephen Kovach as H.C. Mines Intermediate principal;

Accepted the retirement resignation of Howland Springs elementary teacher Marilyn Malys, who worked in the district since 1991;

Employed Shannon Stevens as a high school family and consumer science teacher;

Set school lunch prices at $2.25 for grades first to fifth, $2.75 for sixth to 12th, $3.25 for adult lunch, 50 cents for milk and 40 cents reduced lunch. Sheets said the only increase was 25 cents for grades sixth to 12th;

Gave first reading to revisions on a policy on wireless personal communication devices to allow students to bring iPads, smartphones and tablets to school for learning as recommended by the technology planning committee;

Approved Michael O’Hara on a supplemental contract as varsity rifle coach for the Rifle Club;

Entered into an agreement with Mangiarelli Rehabilitation LLC to provide athletic training service for one year;

Approved Tyco SimplexGrinnell at a cost not to exceed $112,000 for replacement and updating of the fire alarm system at the middle school;

Approved continuing agreement with The Nutrition Group of Irwin, Pa., for food service management. Sheets said the company has ordered the food and managed the food services department for two years;

Named Darrin as delegate and Jones as alternate to the Ohio School Board Association meeting in November.

– Bob Coupland

Trumbull County Commissioners

WHAT: Regular weekly meeting of Trumbull County commissioners Wednesday

PRESENT: Frank Fuda, Paul Heltzel and Dan Polivka


Authorized county engineer to purchase 44,000 pounds of crack and joint sealant from McDaniel’s Construction Corp. Inc. for $20,240. The sealant will be used for repairing county highways and will be paid for from the County Engineer’s fund;

Granted county engineer permission to close Girdle Road in Farmington Township, North Leavitt Road in Warren Township and Parkman Mesopotamia Road in Mesopotamia Township;

Granted special hauling permits to move overweight equipment over Trumbull County roadways to Chadderton Trucking Inc. and Rich’s Towing and Service, Inc.;

Renewed the public official bond of attorney John Gargano as director of the Trumbull County Department of Job and Family Services. Gargano’s bond is $5,000 for the term beginning July 5, 2014 and ending July 5, 2015;

Approved hiring of Brandon Ray as draftsperson with the Trumbull County sanitary engineer’s department, effective July 7 with a pay range 6;

Authorized all of Trumbull County’s participation in the Ohio Department of Transportation Cooperative Purchasing Program. Counties, townships and municipal corporations can participate in contracts for the purchase of machinery, materials and other supplies;

Approved part three of an agreement with Glaus, Pyle, Schomer, Burns and DeHaven Inc. to provide engineering services for the Tru-Newton Falls Bailey Road Bridge Replacement Project. The third phase will cost $22,131;

Approved part three of an agreement with DLZ Ohio, Inc. to provide engineering services for TRU-Palmyra Road Warren #5 Bridge Replacement project located on Palmyra Road over Little Duck Creek in Warren Township. Part three of the project will cost $16,702;

Approved purchase of rock salt for the 2014-15 winter season from Morton Salt, Inc. The price delivered and piled to Trumbull County is $42 per ton and will be paid from County Engineer’s Fund;

Awarded lowest and best proposal to Thompson Mechanical, Inc. for removal of the current chiller condenser necessary for the air conditioning at the Trumbull County Family Court Center. The total cost to the county will be $42,100 and will be paid from the Casino Shares Revenue Fund;

Adopted a resolution declaring it necessary to levy a tax in excess of the 10-mil limitation and requested the county auditor to certify the current tax valuation and amount of revenue produced by a 0.8-mil renewal levy for programs of the Trumbull County Children Services Board;

Approved the employment of Christine Denovchek, William Gedeon and Jennifer Kimbrough as unit support workers with the Trumbull County Department of Job and Family Services, effective July 14. All three will be paid $11.69 per hour with full benefits and serve a nine-month probationary period;

Authorized President of the Board of Trumbull County Commissioners Frank Fuda to sign the final plat map for the vacation of the portion of Columbus Avenue and South Broadway in the Heaton-Chute Addition No. 1, located in Weathersfield Township;

Announced that the month of July is “Dress Down Month” for all Trumbull County employees. Each employee may make a voluntary contribution of $1 each Monday for the chance to dress business casual every Monday in the month. All proceeds are going to The Camelot Center, a nonprofit therapeutic horse-riding program;

Announced that the Board of Trumbull County Commissioners’ regular weekly meeting scheduled for July 9 will be held at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds at 10:30 a.m.

– Colin Harris

Warren Township

What: Warren Township trustee meeting on Tuesday

Present: Kay Anderson, Terry Ambrose and Bob Bush


Approved hiring Debra Porter and Theodore Pettigrew as part-time paramedics / emergency medical service workers at $9.50 per hour;

Declared a township-owned asphalt pug mill, which makes asphalt, and a semi-tractor trailer as obsolete equipment;

Heard from Ambrose that a walking trail is being proposed for Johnson Community Center off Gilmore Road with grants to cover costs for the project.

– Bob Coupland

On the record


What: Champion Board of Education meeting on Monday

Present: Amy Schwan, Jim Scher, Roger Samuelson and Kelly Boyle

Absent: David Mahan

The board:

Reported a $30,000 new roof project will be completed this summer in the high school gymnasium. Schwab said work is needed to prevent water from getting on the wood floor;

Reported at $17,000 new intercom communication system will be installed at the high school this summer for safety for communicating with each room;

Hired Anthony Napolitano as a special education intervention teacher and Erin Glabb as a kindergarten teacher, both on one-year contracts. There will be all-day kindergarten this fall in Champion for the first time with five teachers needed.

– Bob Coupland


What: Vienna Township trustees special meeting on Monday

Present: Rich Dascenzo, Phil Pegg and Heidi Brown


Approved purchasing a $650,000 fire rescue truck from Pierce Manufacturing. Dascenzo said with the up-front purchase, there will be $30,000 discount savings and an additional $70,000 savings over 10 years. He said the new vehicle will replace two other vehicles;

Reported work on the new police department is scheduled to be completed this week, with an open house to be scheduled. Work is continuing on the new fire department.

– Bob Coupland

On the record


What: Bristol Township trustee meeting on Tuesday

Present: Doug Seemann, Ramon French and Mark Webb


Approved applying for a grant to purchase 12 self-contained breathing apparatuses through Scott Safety;

Approved a bid from Grunder Contracting and Tile to repair the tile on the kitchen floor at the station for $544;

Met with Trumbull County engineers to do the preliminary surveying to set stakes for the new driveway to Kagy Cemetery;

Approved inspections of fire vehicles. One squad is having electrical issues with brake lights issues, another with transmission and brakes, and on a third, a support cabinet fell off and an air tank needs replaced, both due to rust;

Thanked the Holko family for the donation of Memorial Day memorabilia to the township;

Approved sharing road work with Bloomfield Township, which will save the township approximately $11,000 in payroll;

Approved the alternative tax budget for 2015 which is available for viewing at the fiscal officers’ office.

– Bob Coupland


What: Brookfield Board of Education special meeting on Wednesday

Present: Gwen Martino, Ronda Bonekovic, Tim Filipovich, Kelly Bianco and Ron Brennan

The board:

Hired Kimberly Kirila as a clerk / typist at 20 hours per week at $14 per hour, effective July 7;

Accepted the resignation of Kimberly Kirila as an educational assistant, effective Aug. 31;

Hired Dawn Burns as middle school secretary at $15 per hour, effective Aug. 1;

Accepted the resignation of Dawn Burns as educational assistant, effective July 31;

Hired James Haywood as Spanish teacher at a salary of $50,400 for the 2014-15 school year;

Hired Sallie Brenner as an elementary teacher at a salary of $33,800 for the 2014-15 school year;

Hired Stephen Sambroak as secondary intervention specialist at a salary of $42,100 for the 2014-15 school year.

– Bonnie L. Hazen


WHAT: Niles City Council meeting Wednesday:


Approved advertising for bids for the North Main Street reconstruction and paving project from the north end of the viaduct to Federal Street. Mayor Ralph Infante said a $386,000 grant will be received for the project scheduled for August, with the city’s share at $110,000;

Heard from Infante that the city will be seeking grant funding for the planned $403,000 paving of Vienna Road and Warren Avenue in 2015;

Approved advertising for bids for the paving of eight streets including East Park Avenue this summer at around $150,000 as part of the annual paving program;

Approved seeking bids for purchasing self-contained breathing apparatus and related equipment for the fire department, with a $157,000 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant to cover 95 percent of the cost;

Transferred $26,000 to cover income tax refunds with Treasurer Robert Swauger noting refunds average around $60,000 annually due to overpayment by residents and businesses;

Heard from Councilman at-large Steve Papalas that a recent transfer of $500,000 from the light department fund to the general fund to help the city’s finances and will be used for the repaving of streets. He said the light department owed the general fund $1.5 million;

Reported improvement work on the cemetery mausoleum was completed. Papalas said the structure was refurbished since parts of it were coming apart;

Approved refunding 12 firefighter test applicants $15 each due to a Civil Service Commission testing date having to be rescheduled;

Announced council will be on their summer schedule with one meeting per month at 6 p.m. July 16 and Aug. 20.

– Bob Coupland

On the record


WHAT; Hubbard City Council meeting on Monday

PRESENT: Timothy O’Hara, Lorrie Brown, Lisha Pompili-Baumiller, Bonnie Viele, Daniel Havalo, Justin Silvidi, Jerome Crowe and Raymond Moffitt


Reported that the 4th Ward Democratic precinct committee will meet to name a replacement for Havalo, who attended his last meeting since he submitted his resignation to the Trumbull County Board of Elections due to his job commitments. He was in the first year of his second term on council;

Approved Butch and McCree Paving Inc. at $207,000 for paving various streets this summer. Mayor John Darko said major routes in the city will be paved next summer;

Announced branch and brush pickup will be held next week, with residents asked to place items at curbside;

Announced council will be on summer recess in August with no regular meetings.

– Bob Coupland


WHAT: Village Council meeting on Monday

PRESENT: Robert Bond, John Mansell, Donald Reider, Ron Radtka and Howard Sheely


Authorized the mayor and clerk to accept the bid of J.S. Bova Excavating for the state Route 45 Lordstown Waterline Relocation Project, which will provide water utility service to the Ohio Commerce Center industrial park, 5232 Tod Avenue S.W. The bid totaled $154,525. In the same ordinance, however, council rejected a bid by J.S. Bova for the Warren Waterline Relocation Project, which came in at $373,661, because it exceeded funds available by $113,661;

Transferred a total of $156,383.19 within the village’s utility water fund;

Created the positions of assistant fun days administrator, instructors and student aides for the village’s summer 2014 recreation program. All three positions are part-time and will last for a total of 10 weeks. The assistant fun days administrator will be paid $11.50 per hour for a total of 80 hours, the instructors will be paid $11.50 an hour for a total of 1,051 hours, and the student aides will be paid minimum wage for a total of 1,052 hours;

Scheduled summer council meetings for July 21 and Aug. 18.

– Colin Harris


WHAT: McDonald Board of Education meeting Monday

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

The board:

Approved a service agreement with Boak and Sons from July 1 to June 30, 2015, to perform roofing maintenance services at a cost of $4,000 for the high school and $1,870 for the elementary school;

Entered into a contract with the Weathersfield schools to hire Luke Bottorff for psychology services for the 2014-15 school year. Hart said both districts will share the costs for the services as they have in the past. The psychology services are provided based on 75 days per year (40 percent) share of costs. McDonald will pay $31,923;;

Approved a first reading of a resolution to establish minimum age requirements for admission to kindergarten and first grade at age 5 or 6 respectively by Jan. 1 of the school year in which admission is requested through the accelerated admittance. The main admittance deadline is in August;

Accepted a $2,029 donation from Robert and Jennifer Wimberly for the high school math department;

Passed a resolution to dispose of 23 textbooks;

Hired Chaille Wray as high school study hall monitor at $9.25 per hour on a two-year limited contract for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years;

Heard from resident Dale Wilkerson, who asked why a study hall monitor is hired instead of teachers covering study halls. Officials said teachers need time for their classes;

Hired Dana A. LaRiccia as a bus driver and Amanda Kale as a substitute custodian at $8.50 per hour, both on a one-year limited contract;

Hired Michele O’Leary and Patrice Simmons as mentor teachers for the 2014-15 school year at a cost of $500 each;

Approved adult high school teacher lunches to be offered at $3 each. The amount stayed the same;

Authorized the use of the high school and / or elementary gymnasium facilities and equipment for a summer camp on Saturdays from June 7 to July 19 for girls in grades K to 6 at $35 per girl.

– Bonnie L. Hazen

On the record


WHAT: Bristol Board of Education meeting Wednesday

PRESENT: Dennis Lenny, John Hickey, Don Mickel and Scott Chapman

ABSENT: Kathie Johnson

The board:

Hired Kim Miller as K-12 guidance counselor and John King as girls varsity basketball coach;

Approved a $5,000 donation from Lowe’s for fencing around the playground and an outdoor learning lab;

Scheduled a special meeting at 5 p.m. June 26 on fiscal matters.

– Bob Coupland


WHAT: Township trustee meeting on Tuesday

PRESENT: Gil Blair, Steve Gerberry and Marvin McBride


Increased Assistant Fire Chief Ken Boring’s pay due to additional work and maintenance at the three fire stations in the past 18 months, from $7,500 to $9,500;

Reported the township will purchase a columbarium for cremated remains for Kerr Cemetery;

Are discussing a cooperative program with Niles the sweeping of certain streets in the township. Blair said Weathersfield will provide the supplies for the sweeper and Niles will use their sweeper on certain roads;

Entered into a lease / purchase agreement at $11,668 mower from Baker Vehicle Systems in Macedonia;. Payment is $2,586 annually over five years;

Entered into a one-year IT services cooperative agency use agreement with Bazetta to help reduce costs for services or products. The cost is $40 per hour or services during normal business hours and $60 per hour for non-business hours;

Donated $50 for Girard American Legion and $100 for Mineral Ridge VFW Post 4192 for flags and decoration for veterans’ graves at local cemeteries.

– Bob Coupland

On the record


WHAT: LaBrae Board of Education meeting on Monday

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

ABSENT: Russell Sewell

The board:

l Hired Ryan Kistler as a K-8 guidance counselor and Jenna DePizzo as a first-grade teacher at Bascom Elementary;

l Granted three-year contracts to Todd Rowe, the athletic director / assistant high school principal and Martin Kelly, middle school principal.

Also granted a two-year contract to Lisa Brunke-Jones, cafeteria supervisor;

l Agreed to let the Trumbull County Health Department use the high school auditorium and cafeteria Aug. 20 for a school food conference.

Blaney said the department provides a summer lunch program in the schools;

l Approved agreement with Ohio Environmental Protection Agency regarding guidelines on wetlands since the new school complex was partially built in such an area; and

l Accepted service donation worth $451 from Robin Mermer, who served as the sixth-grade camp nurse and for providing a summer safety presentation.

– Bob Coupland


WHAT: Liberty trustees meeting on Monday

PRESENT: Stan Nudell, Jason Rubin, Jodi Stoyak


l Agreed to transfer $13,000 from the general fund to help pay for the Colonial Drive sidewalk improvement project.

l Amended the police department’s rotating towing policy to reflect an increase in towing fees for vehicles towed, removed, ordered in storage or impounded.

The fee will increase by $25 per tow.

l Approved the last payment, for $12,049, for the 2009 Mansell Drive Culvert Replacement project.

l Approved new three-year agreement with Teamsters Local 377, which represents full-time clerks and secretaries in the township.

The agreement runs through 2016.

– Colin Harris


WHAT: Girard City Council meeting on Monday

PRESENT: Reynald Paolone, Larry Steiner, George Eicher, Thomas Grumley, Joseph Shelby, John Moliterno and Louis Adovasio


l Passed ordinance creating a residential property maintenance code, which puts into place minimum standards to make all houses in the city safe, sanitary, free from hazard and beneficial to the public welfare.

Also passed a similar code for commercial property;

l Created the position of alternate clerk of council. The person will be paid $75 a meeting with no benefits.

The alternate clerk will be used at council meeting when the regular clerk is absent;

l Agreed to let Service Director Jerry Lambert hire the Walter H. Drane Company of Beachwood for the yearly codification of city ordinances.

The Drane Company will be paid $600 for editorial services, $24 for each printed page that is changed, $10 for each page that remains the same and $3.50 a page to update the code on the Internet;

l Agreed to let Lambert buy two new fully-equipped police cars from Greenwood Chevrolet for $60,000 and two new fully-equipped, unmarked police cars from Klaben Ford for $48,000; and

l Entered into a delinquent letter program with the regional income tax agency.

Letters will be sent to non-filing taxpayers in the city at no cost to the city.

– Colin Harris

On the record

Newton Falls

WHAT: Newton Falls Joint Fire District Board special meeting on Wednesday

The board:

Will have the county auditor determine how much a 2.5-mill emergency medical service levy would generate to see if this would be enough to offer 24-hour EMS in the fire district. Board Chairman Patrick Pellin said the board is considering placing an EMS levy on the general election ballot but no final decision has been made;

Will seek proposals from private emergency medical service companies to compare their costs for such services to what the district is charging for offering the service in-house.

– Bob Coupland


WHAT: Niles City Council meeting on Wednesday

PRESENT: Frank Pezzano, John Merlo, Ed Stredney, Ed McCormick, Michael Lastic, Reggie Giancola Jr., Stephen Papalas.


Adopted a resolution authorizing the line item transfer of funds from the building and zoning wages account to the building and zoning vehicle maintenance account. The city will move $500 between accounts in order to pay for vehicle maintenance on the building inspector’s city vehicle;

Authorized a cash transfer and an appropriation of funds to the prisoner transportation contracted labor account. Council authorized the appropriation of $4,000 in order to provide funds for the transportation of prisoners to and from the county jail to the municipal court;

Filed an application with the Ohio Development Services Agency and adopted a proposed budget for the 2014 Community Development Block Grant Program. The city is eligible to apply for a grant in the amount of $75,000 under the Ohio Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program;

Announced it will hold council meetings June 18, July 16 and Aug. 20 during its summer session;

Announced that it will hold two public hearings before the June 18 council meeting. The first meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. and will deal with an ordinance regarding the parking of cars on city streets. The second meeting will be held at 5:45 p.m. and will deal with a possible ordinance aimed at regulating clothing donation boxes in the city. Both meetings will be held in council chambers at the Safety-Service Complex, 15 E. State St.

– Colin Harris


WHAT: Southington Township trustee meeting on Wednesday

PRESENT: Sam Plott, Dan Tietz, Bob Reader


Approved a contract with Warren Fire Equipment at $761 for testing all self-contained breathing apparatus;

Approved Total Tech Electric at $1,785 for connecting air conditioners at the town hall and offices;

Will have a meeting scheduled with the Trumbull and Portage county engineers and local townships on permanently closing a section of Doaks Road, which passes through the borders of two counties and different communities including Southington. Plott said the section had been closed before in the early 1990s;

Will have the county engineer’s office handle all the chip and seal work on roads this year.

– Bob Coupland

On the record


WHAT: Southington Board of Education special meeting on Thursday

PRESENT: Bob Baugher, Steve Gilanyi, Betsy Dunn, Patty Anderson and Tim Arbogast

The board:

l Renewed the contract of Transportation Supervisor Hope Songer for four hours per day at 220 days for a two-year period;

l Hired Donna Sharps on a one-year contract at 193 days as cafeteria supervisor, replacing Donna Beckner, who retired;

l Accepted the resignation of preschool teacher Sarah Highman. Board members noted the preschool is held four days a week instead of five;

l Heard from resident Connie Silvernail of fifth- and sixth-graders having to choose between art and band instead of getting to take both courses on a rotation basis either different nine weeks or different days of the week.

Board members said students take art, band, health and gym;

l Rescheduled the next meeting to 6 p.m. June 24.

– Bob Coupland