On the record


WHAT: Board of Education regular meeting on Wednesday

PRESENT: Bruce Bacak, Cheryl Basista, Joshua Garris, Robert Palmer and Tracey Thomas

The board:

l Hired Matthew Cluse as a health and physical education teacher on a one-year limited contract at $43,000 for the 2014-15 school year;

l Hired Lynn Flaviano as a fifth-grade teacher on a one-year limited contract at $42,400 for the 2014-15 school year;

l Hired Gia Prezioso as a language arts teacher on a one-year limited contract at $30,000 for the 2014-15 school year;

l Hired Jessica Pignatelli as a language arts teacher on a one-year limited contract at $30,000 for the 2014-15 school year;

l Hired John Hontula as a school nurse on a three-year contract at $31,400 for the 2014-15 school year, $32,400 for the 2015-16 school year and $32,700 for the 2016-17 school year;

l Hired Debbie Donkers as cafeteria supervisor on a three-year contract at $22,800 for the 2014-15 school year, $23,000 for the 2015-16 school year and $23,500 for the 2016-17 school year;

l Hired Jim Hideg as certified athletic trainer at $2,000 for the 2014-15 fall athletic season;

l Hired Matt Cluse and Jonathan Snyder as assistant football coaches for the 2014-15 school year;

l Hired the following substitute bus drivers for the 2014-15 school year: Steven Rose, Thomas Houser, Christine Baird, Aubrey Reese, Rick Lemley, Billie Cocca, Joyce Waller, Chuck Kucera and Sara Bayless;

l Approved the following building use permits: middle school gym on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 to 10 a.m. for competition cheerleading practice; middle school practice field, Monday through Friday, July through October, 5 to 8 p.m. for Little Rams football practice; and Mineral Ridge Football Stadium, Sept. 6 to 27 and Oct. 4 for Little Rams football games;

l Set the next meeting for 7 p.m. Aug. 20.

– Bonnie L. Hazen

On the record


What: Howland Township trustee meeting on Wednesday

Present: Rick Clark, James Lapolla and Matthew Vansuch


Approved a three-year contract with the police, fire and public works departments, which includes a one-year, 3.5 percent increase in wages, effective July 1.

Approved supporting the Golden Triangle Local Technical Assistance application through the U.S. Economic Development Administration and committing 50 percent of the required match for the $76,000 infrastructure improvement grant. The township will provide $9,000 in addition to $1,056 in-kind contributions. The partnership is between Howland, Warren, Trumbull County commissioners and county engineers;

Hired Kimberly Curry as a part-time postal employee at $10.28 per hour with no benefits;

Declared 12 properties public nuisances due to debris and uncut grass and ordering that properties be placed in property maintenance compliance;

Rejected all bids for purchasing vehicle exhaust removal systems in order for the county prosecutor to revise the bid specifications;

Approved placing two police departments vehicles, a 2006 and 2008 Chevy Impalas, for auction on the Internet through LightGov;

Purchased a 2014 Braun Express Type III ambulance at $86,369 through the state purchasing program. The vehicle is needed to update the fleet. The township will borrow the money at 2.5 percent annual interest rate for five years from Middlefield Banking Company;

Hired Terri Kish, Andrew Bickerstaff, Randy Sottlemire, Russell Moser and Larry Manaro as fire and emergency medical service training center instructors at $16.48 for lead instructor and $11.33 for assistant instructor.

– Margaret Thompson

On the record


WHAT: Mathews Board of Education meeting on Wednesday

PRESENT: Tarin Brown, Jamie Koehler, Terry Woodyard, Ken Wallace and Mary J. Swift

The board:

l Granted superintendent Lewis Lowery a three-year contract from Aug. 1, 2014, to July 31, 2017, at a salary of $90,000;

l Accepted the lowest quote for bread and dairy products for the 2014-15 school year from Dean Dairy for dairy products and Nickles Bakery for bread products;

l Accepted the following donations from the class of 2014: $500 each to Baker and Currie Elementary principal funds for landscaping expenses and the addition of a bench outside the building entrance; $500 to the Mathews Music Boosters / Choir for future musical production expenses; and $500 to the Mathews Music Boosters / Band for instrument repair expenses;

l Approved a resolution to submit to the electors of the district the question of a renewal levy of 7.80 mills for current expenses for five years;

l Approved a change fund for the athletic director in the amount of $800 to be continued throughout the 2014-15 athletic season;

l Approved a change fund for the food service supervisor in the amount of $100 to be used throughout the 2014-15 school year;

l Approved paid administrative leave for Adam Brown, effective Aug. 25;

l Accepted the resignations of teacher Brittany Danko, effective Aug. 19; and teacher Amy Garland-Rusnak, effective at the end of the 2013-14 school year;

l Accepted the resignation of assistant principal Shannon Gunther and approved the transfer to intervention specialist for the 2014-15 school year at a salary of $62,000;

l Approved Brandi O’Connor as a tutor at $20 per hour;

l Hired Jennifer Soukenik as assistant principal / Title I teacher at Currie Elementary at a salary of $60,000;

l Hired Gary Jones as a social studies teacher on a one-year limited contract at a salary of $30,000;

l Approved a reduction in force of the vacant board office custodian position, effective Aug. 19;

l Suspended the contracts of Brenda Madden and Pamela Fischer as lunchroom monitors, effective Aug. 19;

l Employed the following supplemental positions for the 2014-15 school year: Kevin Haynie, varsity assistant football coach, $2,950; Samantha Hintemeyer, cheerleading advisor, $1,160; and Mark Mollohan, head boys basketball coach, $4,620;

l Recommended to the Trumbull County BOE the following persons as suitable for driving vehicles of transportation for school children: Brenda Madden, Carol Cain, Cassie Wakefield, Erica Corson, George Thomas, Glen Armstrong, Jeff Cole, John Martucci, Kathleen Schultz, Kellie Chismark, Paul File and Tom Terpin;

l Employed the following non-licensed individuals for the 2014-15 school year: Jim Nicula, varsity assistant football coach, $2,950; John Protopapa, varsity assistant football coach, $2,950; Mike Mazey, 7 & 8 football coach, $1,800; Jeff File, 7 & 8 football coach, $1,800; Steffany Armstrong, JV volleyball coach, $1,800; Megan O’Dell, 7 & 8 volleyball coach, $1,590; Debbie Menci, cheerleading advisor, $1,790; Joe Bornemiss, head girls basketball coach, $4,620; Tyler Matthews, percussion instructor, $750; Ron Aulet, low brass instructor, $250; Missy Colbert, majorette choreographer, $250; and Joe Mansfield, woodwind instructor, $250;

l Approved the following volunteer assistants for the 2014-15 school year: Randy Pavlicko, varsity football; and Wade Prueitt, Ed Freel, Mike Hafer and Tyler Halavick, 7 & 8 football;

l Approved the lowest and / or best quote by Plaster Masters LLC for plaster repairs at Mathews High School in the amount of $4,750;

l Continued participation in the Federal Free and Reduced Price Lunch Program during the 2014-15 school year;

l Approved a letter of arrangement with the auditor of state to conduct the financial audit for the year ending June 30, 2014, in the amount of $22,400;

l Approved the Tier I Investigation Report prepared by PSI Inc. for the closure assessment of the MHS property housing the diesel / gas storage tanks;

l Approved the marching band to attend band camp at Eastern Ohio sports complex in Sherrodsville from Aug. 6 to 10;

l Approved the 2014-15 prices as follows: breakfast K-12, $1.25; Type A lunch, K-2, $2.25; 3-6, $2.50; 7-12, $2.75; milk, $0.50; and adults, $3.25 plus beverage;

l Approved 100 students under the open enrollment policy for the 2014-15 school year.

– Bonnie L. Hazen


WHAT: Hubbard Board of Education meeting on Tuesday

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

The board:

l Recognized retiring Superintendent Richard Buchenic who attended his final board meeting. He retires next week and Raymond Soloman becomes the new superintendent on Aug. 1. Soloman’s resignation as elementary principal was accepted.

l Approved the following pool employees for the 2014-15 school year: head secretary Chrissy Ellis at $9 per hour; evening / weekend secretaries Darla Evans and Kim Dixon at $8 per hour; and lifeguards Patrick Goclano, Mitchell Perry, Joseph Spurio, Kaitlyn Evans, Hunter Herzberger, Jonathan Torok, Travis Bennett, Michaela Ellis, Zachary Burrelli and Rachel McConnell at $8 per hour;

l Rescinded the board agenda for May 28;

l Approved a two-year contract for Shawn Marcello as Hubbard Elementary School principal at $70,000;

l Approved a two-year administrative contract for Tracie Liptak as Hubbard Middle School assistant principal at $70,000;

l Approved a contract modification for Debbie Paris, cleaner, from 6.5 hours day / step 10, to 8 hours day / step 10, effective June 11; and 6.5 hours a day / step 8, to 8 hours per day / step 10;

l Accepted with regret the resignations of lifeguard Brittany Mesmer and crossing guard Donald Revis;

l Approved the following club advisers for the 2014-15 school year: Josh MacMillan, Rich Magazzine, Dan Nestich, Andrea Lewis, Melissa Carchedi, Megan Schellhorn, Andrea Stamp, Lisa Shattuck, Stacy Fabrizio, Debbie Wack, Mary Mathews Bebech, Tiffany Bendersky, Anna Badurik, Carol Killian, Laura McCleery and Megan Schellhorn; and volunteer advisors Mary Mathews-Bebech and Tiffany Bendersky;

l Approved Jessie Jones-Carter as HHS math teacher for the 2014-15 school year;

l Approved Brian Hoffman as weight training advisor for the 2014-15 school year;

l Accepted the resignation of St. Patrick’s nurse Joan Humphrey, effective June 30;

l Approved Cassie Wakefield as a substitute bus driver for the 2014-15 school year;

l Passed a resolution for consent to perform urinalysis for drug testing for the 2014-15 school year;

l Approved the following 2014 summer band advisors and band camp: Rachel Minto, Sarah Komsa, Richard Dickinson, Rachel McConnell and Scott Killian, $200 each, and percussion advisor Josh Ryhal, $1,000 for the entire marching season;

l Approved a contract modification for cleaner Joe Petrosky from eight hours per day to 6.5 hours per day, effective Aug. 11.

– Bonnie L. Hazen


WHAT: Hubbard City Council meeting on Monday

PRESENT: Timothy O’Hara, Ben Kyle, Justin Silvidi, Raymond Moffitt

ABSENT: Lisha Pompili-Baumiller, Jerome Crowe


l Set the sanitary tap fee for CHCC Health Care Center at $15,000, to be paid in three equal payments of $5,000;

l Authorized the service director to execute a contract between the city and Aqua Pennsylvania to furnish potable water to the city. The contract is set to begin Nov. 1, 2014 and will last 20 years;

l Because of a lack of quorum to suspend the rules to give legislation final reading, other legislations received only first readings including authorizing the board of control to enter into an enterprise zone compensation agreement with the Hubbard Board of Education and creating the position of storm water board secretary.

– Colin Harris

On the record


WHAT: Champion Board of Education meeting Monday.

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

The board:

Approved 1.75 percent pay increases each year for three years for non-bargaining union employees, which includes secretaries, board office workers and assistants to the treasurer, and for school administrators. The increases are the same granted to the district’s teachers union. The board is negotiating a contract with the district’s classified workers;

Heard from Connie Young of the Trumbull County Foster Grandparents program, in which community residents 55 and older work with students in the schools who need help with schoolwork. She asked if Champion schools would be interested. Board members and Central Elementary Principal Ali Nannicola will review the program;

Announced the annual school report will be made available to the public on Aug, 15 at local businesses;

Accepted the resignations of teachers Karie Korbar, Terrie Turney-Lynn and Jennifer Soukenik, who have all found positions in other districts;

Heard from architect Gary Balog of Balog, Steines, Headricks and Manchester Architects Inc. regarding reviewing and possible updating a master plan for the district done 10 years ago through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.

– Bob Coupland

On the record


WHAT: Niles Board of Education meeting on Thursday

PRESENT: Richard Limongi, Christopher Doutt, Susan Longacre, Mary Ann McMahon, Tony Perrone

The board:

l Approved the calamity alternative makeup plan for the 2014-15 school year to include blizzard bags in paper and online form if the district goes over the five calamity days allowed by the state. Blizzard bags are given when there is a snow or calamity day, and students have two weeks to complete and turn in the work from when it is assigned. Superintendent Frank Danso said last school year, Niles used nine snow days and used blizzard bags on three days and made one day up at the end of the year;

l Approved the lease purchase of two school buses from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA at $162,650;

l Announced an online auction from July 28 to Aug. 5 will be held for school items such as desks, overheads, file cabinets and furniture no longer needed by the district since the demolition of three school buildings;

l Approved an agreement with NEOMIN for a minimum of 100 additional wireless devices not covered by the current Internet Access Contract;

l Heard from high school teachers Chad Ries, Michelle Spagnoletta and Richard Sprague, all of the technology committee, of how students use Internet-capable computer devices and cell phones in and out of class on assignments as part of the curriculum. Students can take tests and do assignments online and receive grades and comments from teachers online as part of ”Teaching in the 21st Century.” Plans are to show this to families during fall open house at the high school.

– Bob Coupland

On the record


WHAT: Bristol Township trustee meeting Tuesday

PRESENT: Doug Seemann, Ramon French, Mark Webb


Held a zoning hearing for proposed changes to the zoning book which included classification of uses, wind turbines, addition of parking facility regulations, addition to sign lighting movement regulations, and no political signs allowed on township property. Changes were approved by trustees;

Approved Andrew Pleso to place a flag pole at the Evergreen Cemetery Chapel as an Eagle Scout project;

Announced that any residents who would like to express an opinion or complaint concerning the renewal of liquor permits within the township to do so by the next meeting of August 5 to any trustee;

Approved appointment of Nathan Novicki as a volunteer firefighter cadet;

Approved a preventive maintenance program with Best Furnace for heating and cooling systems at $850;

Approved the lease of an ambulance from Penn Care for $100 per day;

Approved the repair and purchase of a new transmission for Squad 17 from Redlich Transmission at $3,500. Purchased tire from Hovis Tire for Squad 17 $821. Reported Squad 17-1 is still having electrical issues, two different companies have worked on this unit and are unable to find a cause. Officials said the vehicle needs to be replaced with an affordable new squad.

– Bob Coupland


WHAT: McDonald Village Council meeting Wednesday

PRESENT: Marty Puckett, Brian Fisher, Richard Harvey, Michael O’Brien, Paul Stitt, Scott Seitz


Awarded Butch and McCree Paving at $550,000 for the resurfacing of Marshall Road with 100 percent of project costs to be covered by a state grant through Ohio Department of Transportation;

Awarded Foust Construction at $360,000 for sidewalk installation project with 80 percent of the costs covered by grants;

Reported village Administrator Thomas Domitrovich will attend a preconstruction meeting on the road and sidewalk projects next week with both projects to begin in late July;

Heard from Mayor Glenn Holmes that the force main project to place a line under the McDonald bridge is near completion. The $974,000 project with 80 percent of costs covered by a grant will allow for the tearing down of the bridge. The line takes sewage to the Niles city treatment plant.

– Bob Coupland


WHAT: Niles City Council meeting Wednesday

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


Approved an ordinance regulating overnight parking on city streets and alleys. Under the new rules, no one will be permitted to park or leave a motor vehicle, trailer, boat, camper or other recreational vehicle on any street or alley between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. Emergency and public safety vehicles are exempt. Council will extend a 60-day grace period where violators will receive warning notices. After that, violators will be ticketed;

Approved an ordinance regulating the placement of donation boxes within the city. Clothing donation boxes will be allowed only in non-residential zoning districts and not on vacant properties or city properties. The rules will ban the boxes in the front setback area of any building and require they be placed within 20 feet of the side or rear of a building, and at least 20 feet away from any public right of way. They also may not obstruct pedestrian or vehicular traffic flow;

Authorized second quarter cash transfers in the sum of $1.7 million to the city’s funds for parks ($100,000), capital projects ($100,000) and police and fire ($1.5 million).

– Colin Harris

On the record


What: Warren Board of Education regular meeting on Tuesday

Present: Andre Coleman, Patricia Limperos, Regina Patterson, Robert Faulkner Sr. and Rhonda Baldwin-Amorganos

The board:

l Approved an agreement with Infobase Learning to provide access to Learn 360, a Cloud-based content hosting and digital media delivery for teachers and students, from through June 30, 2015, for $3,238;

l Approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the Board of Education and the Ohio Association of Public School Employees Local 288 extending the collective bargaining agreement through June 29, 2015;

l Approved an agreement with Environmental Services Department for garbage pickup for two additional months per year for summer feeding programs for $3,960;

l Hired Shawn Pompelia as a volunteer boys varsity assistant basketball coach on an as-needed basis;

l Awarded a contract for the K-8 photographs for the 2014-15 school year to Lifetouch School Portrait Specialists in the following package amounts: $20, $15, $11, $9 and $7;

l Accepted the resignations of assistant high school principal Arlo Brookhart, effective July 27; principal Corey Bubon, effective July 27; elementary education teacher Angela Campana, effective Aug. 19; art teacher Kate Johnson, effective Aug. 19; secondary education teacher Adam Lewis, effective July 31; special education teacher Tricia Mark, effective Aug. 19; industrial arts teacher Thomas Parker, effective Aug. 19; early childhood education teacher Jennifer Pierce, effective Aug. 19; middle childhood education teacher Renee Pownell, effective Aug. 19; and Spanish teacher Mary Lynn Sharisky, effective Aug. 19;

l Approved early retirement incentives of $20,000 for Carolyn Shaffer and Paul Trina;

l Employed Danielle Miller as supervisor of technology for the term of July 28 to June 30, 2016;

l Hired Ashley Bayuk as early childhood education teacher; Logan Hileman as secondary education teacher; Vani James as secondary education teacher; Jessica Logan as early childhood teacher; Suzanne Melia-Danzo as art teacher; Ashlee Shier as secondary education teacher; Brandi Shrock as early education teacher; Shannon Street as Spanish education teacher; and Christine Ulrich as elementary education teacher, for the 2014-15 school year;

l Granted supplemental contracts for Kimberly Armstrong, speech-language pathologist, $23.85 per hour; Amy Clementi, special education case manager, $23.85 per hour; six certificated teaching staff for attending 1-day learning summit workshops at $75 per day; and professional development presenters Jill Redmond and Susan Senvissky for presenting CASEL training during the 2013-14 school year;

l Granted supplemental contracts for six WLPDC teacher members for work outside of regular hours at $24 per hour as needed; and one for ESY tutoring of a special education student at $24 per hour; eight substitute teachers for the 2014 Jump Start into Kindergarten Program at $24 per hour;

l Granted extended time supplemental contracts for Hillary Allen, James Bell, Jodi Brown, Daniel Bubon, Patricia Fisher, Mark Fleming, Elizabeth Gray, Erin Kampf, Jaqueline Lawrence, Sylvia Littleton, Richard Lloyd, Charles Penny, Lisa Rek, Michelle Senediak and Candace Ungaro-Jones, for the 2014-15 school year;

l Granted one-year co-curricular positions to the following employees: Kimberly Armstrong, Thomas Crockett, Tracy Ishee and Jesse Wonders;

l Approved tuition reimbursement for two certificated and one classified employee, for a total of $800;

l Granted classified temporary employment to 47 food service helpers at the current rate plus $1 per hour;

l Granted a leave of absence for Roger Hoffman, plant manager two;

l Hired educational aides Melissa Gibbs and Maggie Mae, effective Aug. 20;

l Granted a supplemental contract to Anthony Davis for revising the district’s plan at a rate of $17 per hour;

l Granted supplemental contracts to Patrick Flanagan Jr. and Jalon Lee for maintenance summer cleaning at a rate of $11 per hour;

l Hired Andrea Miller as early childhood education teacher for the 2014-15 school year.

– Bonnie L. Hazen

On the record


What: LaBrae Board of Education meeting on Monday

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

The board:

Hired Corey Heinzman as an eighth-grade science teacher to replace Alyse Consiglio, whose resignation was accepted after 17 years as a teacher in the district. Consiglio accepted a new job at Trumbull County Educational Service Center;

Approved paying the district’s $7,017 fee based on 1,430 students to the Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy in school funding.

– Bob Coupland


What: City of Girard city council meeting on Monday

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


Passed agreed to advertise for the paving of 14 streets in the city: Liberty Street, Woodlawn Avenue, Beaver Street, Highland Avenue (Powers Avenue to Churchill), Highland Avenue (Liberty Street to Kline Street), Elruth Avenue, Highland Avenue (Smithsonian Street to Park Avenue), Stewart Avenue, Squaw Creek, Hillside Drive, Ward Avenue, Navajo Trail, Moccasin Trail and Patricia Drive. The total cost to pave the streets is estimated at $220,016;

Passed an ordinance approving seeking renewal of a five-year, 3-mill levy for the city’s fire department on the November ballot.

– Colin Harris


What: Brookfield Township trustees meeting on Monday

Present: Ron Haun, Gary Lees and Dion Magestro


Approved placing a 2-mill, five-year police renewal levy on the November general election ballot to raise $247,515 for day-to-day operations and needs of the department. Officials said there will be no increase in taxes with the renewal;

Received a total of $12,000 donation from the Shenango Valley Foundation for the ”Welcome to Brookfield” sign and historic bell for the township’s historic district. The Kirila Family Foundation, O’Brien Children Memorial Fund and Strimbu Memorial Fund each gave $4,000;

Appointed Mark Ferrara for five years, Cindy Mathews four years, Gina Sabulksy three years, Deborah Kirk two years and Ron Komorek as an alternate to the exterior property maintenance appeals board;

Heard from residents concerned of flooding on Third Street caused by a nearby beaver dam. Road Supervisor Jamie Fredenburg said the dam was removed but the beavers have started building a new one so plans are to call the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to trap them;

Heard from Magestro of a meeting with school officials on the proposed injection well drilling in the township near the high school. Officials said they are only legally able to object to the project;

Increased part-time police officer pay from $9 to $10 per hour, effective Aug. 1. There has not been an increase since 2006;

Hired Shane Stelk as a part-time firefighter / emergency medical technician at $8.75 per hour with no benefits;

Heard from a resident about the need to close the alley behind Olive Street due to traffic problems;

Heard from Magestro of the need to address maintenance and upkeeps of areas at the ballfields, gazebo area and administration building. Officials said an outside firm will handle the work;

Will look at lowering the speed limit on Yankee Run Road due to speeding cars;

Heard from police Chief Dan Faustino of a safety check-in program for senior citizens and other residents;

Will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday for a walk-through at the township green to discuss placement of the township sign, memorial trees and historic bell.

– Bob Coupland

On the record


WHAT: Champion Township trustee meeting on Monday

PRESENT: Bob Farmer, Jeff Hovanic and Keith Bowser


l Took the first step toward placing a 0.5-mill, five-year renewal police levy on the Nov. 4 general election ballot. Hovanic said the levy generates around $62,000 annually for day-to-day operations;

l Accepted Ohio Department of Transportation selection of Rush Trucking to purchase two cab and chassis 2015 International single-axle trucks at $144,248. A $115,396 grant along with the township’s 20 percent share at $28,8409 will cover costs;

l Tabled two bids for demolishing a township-owned house in the 5700 block of Mahoning Avenue. Farmer said there is no reason to rehab the house but plans are to keep the garage on the property;

l Accepted a $3,750 Ohio Department of EMS equipment grant for the fire department;

l Accepted a $97,500 FEMA Assistance to Firefighter grant to purchase a brush unit, with the township’s local match at $4,876;

l Approved the township’s 20 percent share at $15,835 for snow and ice removal for two trucks;

l Accepted donation of surplus furniture from Delphi Champion Test Center which includes desks, dry erase board, and chair valued at $2,500 for the fire department;

l Heard from resident of Lauder Avenue concerned with an engineering business in the 4500 block of Mahoning Avenue near her property of broken concrete, dirt and high weeds along with water runoff from the area causing flooding which is affecting several residents’ properties. Zoning Inspector Rhonda Fonce said she sent a letter to the environmental enforcement officer to see what can be done on the matter;

l Heard from police officer Kelly Boyle, a local school board member, questioning why he was not contacted for bulletproof vest fitting. Farmer said since Boyle is on sick leave, he will be fitted when he returns to active status. Boyle also asked what will be done to work around his once-a-month schedule to attend board meetings since he works 3 to 11 p.m. shifts and board meetings are in the evening. Farmer said the matter will also be addressed when Boyle returns to active status;

l Heard from fire Chief John Hickey that police and fire will begin being on new scanner frequency channels starting today. He said many departments will share the same channel;

l Accepted the resignation of fire reserve Tal Lewis, who is leaving the area for another job;

l Approved Road Supervisor Chris Connolly getting materials to chip-and-seal Anderson Anthony Road and Summerdale Avenue at $15,000 and patching work throughout the township at $5,000;

l Approved purchase of three sets of turnout gear for the fire department from Warren Fire Department at $5,700;

l Approved two light bars at $1,085 for police cruisers;

l Will submit Calla Avenue, Earl Road and Folsom Avenue for the 2015 Issue I road paving project;

l Enrolled in Frank Gates workers compensation program at $3,832, an increase from the 2013 cost of $3,615;

l Announced the township auction is 9 a.m. July 19 and mosquito spraying is July 22 and Aug. 19;

l Will meet with Integrys regarding gas aggregation program at 6 p.m. July 15.

– Bob Coupland


WHAT: Cortland City Council regular meeting on Monday

PRESENT: James Woofter, Dennis Linville, James Edwards, Deidre Petrosky, Kevin Piros, Scott Rowley and Terry Tackett


l Authorized the service director to direct Moody and Associates and ITC Crane Rental to replace the well pump and motor in Well No. 1, for $11,800 and $2,275 respectively;

l Authorized the mayor to contract with MyCommunity Mobile, LLC for mobile app development and support services for the City of Cortland’s government and community services, for $1,800;

l Authorized the mayor to contract with ms consultants Inc. to perform engineering design services for the North High Street Pedestrian Enhancement Project, for $32,400;

l Authorized payment of $107,086 to the Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer’s Office as the City’s share for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Headworks Improvement Project;

l Authorized the fire chief to purchase a wireless intercom system from North Coast Two-Way Radio Inc. for Fire Department Trucks, for $12,853;

l Authorized the mayor to enter into a contract with Foust Construction Inc. for the South Colonial Storm Sewer Improvement Project, for $177,019.

-Margaret Thompson

Newton Falls

WHAT: Newton Falls Village Council regular meeting on Monday

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


l Passed the first reading of an ordinance authorizing the village manager to enter into a $207,269.75 settlement with the school district for utility underbilling;

l Authorized the finance director and village manager to sign checks for the village based on the recommendation of the Auditor of State;

l Authorized the village manager to enter into an agreement for $72,359.50 with Shelly & Sands Inc. for resurfacing streets.

– Margaret Thompson


WHAT: Vienna Township trustees regular meeting on Monday

PRESENT: Richard Dascenzo, Heidi Brown and Phil Pegg


l Hired two new police officers on a part-time, as-needed basis at a rate of $10.50 per hour.

l Announced the summer concert series will begin July 20 and run every Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. until Aug. 10 at the pavilion.


WHAT: Weathersfield Township trustees meeting on Tuesday

PRESENT: Gilson Blair, Steven Gerberry and Marvin McBride


l Appointed Michael Naples Jr. as acting police chief due to Chief Joseph Consiglio being on extended leave;

l Recognized the police department for its 30 years of service to the community. The department was formed July 1, 1984;

l Awarded a contract with Shelly and Sands of Akron for the Oakview Drive storm water drainage upgrade project at $113,084.

Blair said the first phase was completed six years ago;

l Promoted Corey Hinderliter and Jonathan Thacker to firefighters;

l Approved seeking 2015 state capital improvement funds to cover 69 percent of the costs for the safety upgrade for Garland Street.

The project would include widening and resurfacing the road in conjunction with the Robbins Avenue / Tibbetts Wick Road intersection improvement and signalization project;

l Reported trustees will be meeting with residents of Austintown Warren Road and South Main Street on estimates from Dominion East Ohio Gas to get the company to extend commercial gas to the area and what process is involved. Blair said residents in the area had their gas wells go dormant, with costs at $3,000 per household to extend the gas lines;

l Increased the administrative fee from $50 to $75 for police department vehicle release for the police impound lot;

l Applied for a COPS Hiring Grant from Department of Justice for the police department, with word to be received shortly;

l Announced the community leadership awards will be presented at 7 p.m. Aug. 12.

– Bob Coupland

On the record


WHAT: Southington Township trustees meeting on Wednesday

PRESENT: Sam Plott, Bob Reader and Dan Tietz


l Discussed vacating the south end of Shanks Down Road, which passes through four townships. Plott said that section of the road has been closed for more than 20 years. The first step is for Southington and Braceville in Trumbull County and Windham and Nelson in Portage County to petition their county commissioners to vacate the road;

l Passed a resolution supporting the county engineer’s conducting a traffic count on Countyline Turnpike Road to determine number of vehicles that will cross over the bridge on the road, east of state Route 534. Plans are to determine the amount of weight the bridge can hold for an upcoming project;

l Approved MRM of Southington at $1,300 for restroom upgrades in the township garage;

l Announced that volunteers are needed to help varnish benches at the park. Those who can help can contact Don Strock at 330-847-0234;

l Announced the Fun Day in the Park will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 9 for local school children.

l Set a work session at 5 p.m. July 9 on the township budget and also to meet with various employees to discuss and plan one- and five-year goals and projects.

– Bob Coupland

On the record


What: Bristol Township trustee meeting on Tuesday

Present: Doug Seemann, Ramon French, Mark Webb


Scheduled a public hearing for 6:30 p.m. July 15 at the township hall on classification of uses; wind turbines in a residential district; addition of parking facility regulations; addition to sign lighting movement regulations; and no political signs being allowed on township property;

Hired Jonathan Massett as a part-time firefighter and emergency medical technician; and appointed Tyler Dempsey and Aaron Williams as a volunteer firefighter / cadets;

Reported road patching is two-third complete due to the sharing of personnel with Bloomfield township;

Reported installing a new air tank on Engine 17 and also replacing a cabinet support bracket;

Replaced the battery on Squad 17-1 due to a short, and fixed a sensor light socket at rear brake light, repaired corrosion problems.

– Bob Coupland

Trumbull County

What: Trumbull County Commissioners regular Wednesday meeting

Present: Frank Fuda and Daniel Polivka


Adopted a resolution to place a 0.9 mill, 10-year renewal levy on the November ballot for the Trumbull County Children Services Board;

Granted special hauling permits to Chadderton Trucking Inc. to move overweight equipment over Trumbull County roadways;

Entered into a contract with Main Lite Electric Company Inc. for traffic signal maintenance, beginning July 7, for $49,200 for one year;

Approved an additional $12,564 for the bridge project located on Olive Street over the Mahoning River to be paid to ms Consultants;

Adopted a resolution supporting and endorsing the Trumbull Career and Technical Center’s 10-year, 2.4 mill renewal levy appearing on the November ballot.

– Margaret Thompson

On the record


WHAT: Niles Board of Education special meeting on Monday

PRESENT: Tony Perrone, Richard Limongi, Christopher Doutt, Susan Longacre, Mary Ann McMahon

The Board:

l Approved a new two-year contract with Treasurer Linda Molinaro through July 31, 2016. Superintendent Frank Danso said there is no change from the previous contract;

l Approved Griffith Agency Liberty Mutual for insurance for properties;

l Approved a memorandum of understanding with the Niles Education Association to make sure teachers are on the correct salary steps. Danso said there was a review of the steps but no changes made.

Bob Coupland


WHAT: Braceville Township trustees meeting on Tuesday

PRESENT: Todd Brewster, Aaron Young

ABSENT: Dennis Kuchta


l Announced trustees will be meeting with Warren city officials on July 14 over a possible joint economic development district at the Center of the World area along Route 5. Brewster said Warren provides water to the area with discussion to also include sewage;

l Heard from Brewster that trustees were willing to continue talks with Newton Falls officials over a JEDD between the two communities but Newton Falls recently pulled out of talks. Brewster said trustees believe issues over sharing of income tax and property tax in a JEDD were a sticking point;

l Will begin later this month a self-serve garage sale permit application at the town hall where people can fill out the form by themselves and pay through a drop slot. Offficials said this is designed to help the zoning department;

l Have started a firefighter cadet program for those younger than 18.

l Will schedule an informational meeting with the county planning commission for an update on the township’s comprehensive plan;

l Approved $5,070 for an air conditioning unit for the fire department’s training and radio rooms.

Bob Coupland

On the record


WHAT: Howland Board of Education special meeting on Monday

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

The board:

Heard from architects Andy Bednar of Baker, Bednar and Associates and Chris Smith of Venn Design about facilities reconfiguration options for a master future, which would include closing North Road School and having grade level school buildings for the other elementaries. Bacak said various ideas were discussed but nothing finalized;

Hired the following teachers: at North Road Intermediate School, Kasey Weymer and Jennifer Pierce, third grade; Angela Walls, fourth grade; Tricia Mark, fifth grade; at Howland Middle School, Carolyn Sovich, physical education; and at Howland High School Terrie Turney, language arts.

Bob Coupland


WHAT: McDonald Board of Education special meeting Monday

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

The board:

Approved Ohio School Plan as the insurance provider for liability and property insurance from July 1 through June 30, 2015, at a cost of $25,796. Hart said the board approved an additional $660 to cover earthquakes due to the fracking in the area;

Hired Brian Backur as high school language arts teacher on a one-year limited contract at $42,944;

Approved a second reading for a resolution to establish minimum wage requirements for admission to kindergarten. Hart said children have to be age 5 by Aug. 1 for kindergarten but some students born after that day may enter based on evaluations and meeting criteria.

Approved a contract with the Ohio Floor Company to refinish the high school gym floor for $16,200 and floor cover base for $2,745; and to repair the stage floor for $10,100;

Approved a contract with AO Construction and Restoration Inc. to restore the front balcony of the high school for $7,200;

Approved a contract with BSHM Architects Inc. to handle architectural responsibilities regarding chimney repair at the high school for $3,000 and authorized the advertisement for the repair project;

Approved a contract with Gas Search for natural gas for the district, covering July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015.

– Bonnie L. Hazen