On the record

Girard

WHAT: Board of Education meeting Wednesday

PRESENT: Joe Melfi, Diane Alejars, Cheryl Asente, Dave Cappuzzello, Pete Cardiero and Mark Zuppo

The board:

l Presented Girard students Hope Clark, Ondraya Frankino, Makayla Hugley and Sarah Ryser with the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership award;

l Heard a presentation by John Matuszwski, a math and science teacher of 47 years, who offered to help teach students penmanshipand basic math;

l Accepted the resignations of substitute teacher Anka Krakora and substitute custodian Edward Crish;

l Approved 23 individuals to work as needed for the 2016-2017 school year as substitute teachers, secretaries, cafeteria workers and detention supervisors;

l Approved the employment of Angela Menz for the instructional educational assistant position at Prospect Elementary for the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year;

l Approved the employment of Nikki McConnell for the nurse’s aid position at Prospect Elementary for the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year;

l Entered into an agreement with Daktronics Sports Marketing (DSM);

l Approved Gene DeChristofaro to volunteer as a band chaperone for the 2016-2017 school year;

l Approved volunteer FIRST Robotics mentor Donnell Connor for the 2016-2017 school year;

l Approved the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Mahoning Valley’s request to use the high school cafeteria for their annual Christmas party on Dec. 11;

l Approved the Girard PTA’s request to use the school’s facilities for the Harvest Festival on Oct. 20, the Monster Mash on Oct. 27, the Prospect vs. GIS Volleyball Game on Nov. 22 and the Spring Carnival on March 16, 2017;

l Approved the employment of Ryan Timbur, Eric Conway and Tina Culp, and the re-employment of Gary Orosz, Beth Drennen, Kevin Hetrick, Tracey Golden, Carol Racick, Nancy Thomas, Linda Costello and Alyssa Henderson for the 2016-2017 school year;

l Approved the hiring of seven individuals as after-school intervention instructors at Prospect Elementary from Oct. 3 to April 8, as well as Debra Gratz as the administrator of the program. Seven other individuals were approved as after-school intervention instructors at Girard Intermediate for the same duration, with Greg Bonamase as the administrator;

l Approved six coaches and two volunteers for the girls’ basketball team and approved seven coaches and four volunteers for the boys’ basketball team for the 2016-2017 school year;

l Approved hiring Michael Cardiero, Nicholas Coggins, Jacob Carpenter, J.T. DelGarbino and Walter Brame as wrestling coaches for the 2016-2017 school year;

l Approved hiring John Cardiero as the assistant bowling coach for the 2016-2017 school year;

l Approved temporarily employing Joseph Hudak and students Trevor Gill, Mason Grant, Nathan Mitchell, Nick Racketa, and Mike Wolfgang as event aides for school events during the 2016-2017 school year on an as-needed basis;

l Approved employing Tracy Gardner as the head speech and debate coach for the 2016-2017 school year;

l Approved employing Career Based Intervention students Thomas Olesky, Scott Shonce, Melanie Netroe and Chase Sotak for the 2016-2017 school year;

l Approved a resolution that specified the Girard City School District’s intention that career-technical education will not be provided to grades seven and eight for the 2016-2017 school year; and

l Approved a resolution that outlined a plan for makeup work during “calamity days,” such as the posting of lessons online and the distribution of “blizzard bags,” or paper copies of online lessons that can be distributed to students if there is a snow day.

– David Dye

Howland

WHAT: Township trustees meeting Wednesday

PRESENT: Rick Clark, Matt Vansuch and James Lapolla

Trustees:

l Recognized police officers Tony Villanueva and Jeff Edmundson for their work in getting a ”cold case” involving a rape solved. Howland police were able to make major break in an almost 20-year-old cold case. New DNA testing at the state level helped Howland police and authorities in Utica, New York, track down and arrest Jack Sheetz, 48, indicting him on charges of rape of an elderly Howland woman in 1996;

l Reported the first week has been successful in operating the Bolindale fire station 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m Monday to Friday. Previously the station had been closed because of a lack of staffing;

l Announced the new natural gas supply rate of $2.69 mcf with Santanna Energy Services has been set for gas consumed December 2016 through November 2017 bill cycle. Those wanting to opt-in will receive a notice in the mail around Oct. 5 or at www.HowlandSES.com or call 800-764-4427;

l Set trick-or-treat 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

– Bob Coupland

Niles

WHAT: Board of Control meeting Wednesday

PRESENT: Mayor Tom Scarnecchia and Safety Service Director Jim DePasquale

Members allocated:

l $1, 825 to Ed Miller Signs for safety graphics on police cruisers;

l $5,000 to multiple vendors for contracted labor at the Wellness Center.

l $949 to White’s Towing for its share of cash earned from unclaimed impound vehicles;

l $1,720 to Boardman Heating and Air Conditioning for the repair of an air conditioning unit;

l $713 to Staples Advantage for office supplies;

l $1,104 to Pantalone Towing for its share of cash earned from unclaimed impound vehicles;

l $29,400 to Service Master by Lewis Construction for mold containment and cleaning;

l $11,797 to Phillips Sekanic Architects Inc. for design work;

l $1,320 to Sliwinski Design Services for a site visit, site development, plan review and other services at the Harbor Woods building;

l ? $996 to Modern Office Products for office supplies;

l $529 to Bella Installations to install a commercial water closet flushmeter seat;

l $538 to Mac Tools for a rubber eraser;

l And approved a $42,240 contract with Perigee Business Technologies for the new VOIP telephone system.

– Renee Fox

On the record

Bazetta

WHAT: Township trustees meeting Monday

PRESENT: Frank Parke and Ted Webb

ABSENT: Paul Hovis

Trustees:

l Approved $1,765 to PTNE Inc. for setup and installation of five telephones with power bricks at the new fire station under construction;

l Accepted the resignation of firefighter Nicolas Wildman, who accepted another job;

l Approved spending up to $2,000 for Alert-All Corp. for Fire Prevention Week supplies;

l Set trick-or-treat 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

– Bob Coupland

Warren Township

WHAT: Trustees meeting Tuesday

PRESENT: Kay Anderson, Ed Anthony and Bob Bush

Trustees:

l Hired attorney John Albers as legal counsel for the development of the Joint Economic Development District agreement between Warren, Howland and the township at the former RG Steel property. Attorney fees will be shared between the three entities with each paying a portion of $1,000 for services;

l Appointed James Williamson as the interim road superintendent and cemetery sexton at $38,000. He replaces Rick Jones, who retires Nov. 30;

l Hired Adam Rios as a part-time police officer at $10.50, effective Sept. 10;

l Heard from Anthony the township will seek grant funding for installation of sidewalks on South Tod Avenue between Carl Street and Jefferson PK-8 School. Officials said this will be for benefit of schoolchildren;

l Approved payment for 29 hours of work performed by interim fire protection officer Darrel Wells who worked those hours at the authorization of trustees prior to his official appointment to the position in July;

l Took the first step for proceeding with demolition of the former B&B Tavern, 6783 state Route 5, which was declared ”insecure, unsafe and structurally defective” by the fire department and county building inspector;

l Announced local volunteers will take part at noon Oct. 22 in Make A Difference Day activities in the township with cleanup and beautification;

l Set trick-or-treat 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.

– Bob Coupland

On the record

Braceville

WHAT: Township trustees special meeting Tuesday

PRESENT: Todd Brewster, Aaron Young and Rebecca Rood

Trustees:

l Purchased a salt spreader box for $2,600 from Youngstown Hoist and Body for the International truck in the road department;

l Set trick or treat hours for 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.

– Bob Coupland

Howland

WHAT: Board of Education meeting Monday

PRESENT: Susan Brocoli, Matt Darrin, Ken Jones, Scott Lehman and Barbara Wright

The board:

l Approved a memorandum of understanding with Ohio Association of Public School Employees Local 34 for a one-time retirement incentive of $7,500 per person for eligible employees who may plan to retire before the end of the school year in June 2017. Superintendent Kevin Spicher said eight employees who are eligible need to let the administration know by Dec. 31;

l Entered into an agreement with Youngstown State University for students enrolled in the college’s nursing program for use of clinical facilities to obtain clinical experience at Howland schools;

l Heard from parent Brian Garbus that his first-grade child has to be on the school bus for an hour at the end of day, not getting home until 4:15 p.m. or later. Darrin and Spicher said with adding all-day kindergarten for the first time in the district, busing routes had to be adjusted;

l Accepted $3,446 donation from North Road School PTO to cover costs for field trip busing;

l Approved Monica Vansuch, Jeanne Killen, Mary Smith and Patricia Cernich as Title I academic reading coaches for grades kindergarten to fifth at $30 per hour;

l Approved Jerome Gentile to provide Title I math services and Elysha DiTommaso to provide Title I reading services to students at John F Kennedy Lower Campus at $25 per hour.

– Bob Coupland

Newton

WHAT: Township trustees meeting Monday

PRESENT: Bob Page, Doreen Lutz and John Nemet

Trustees:

l Approved pursuing a gas aggregation agreement with Santanna Energy Services with a current rate at $2.70 per thousand cubic feet;

l Will be seeking a zoning secretary following a recent resignation;

l Will apply for Ohio Public Works Commission grant for widening and resurfacing Oak Knoll Avenue;

l Set trick or treat for 5 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

– Bob Coupland

Lordstown

WHAT: Board of Education meeting Monday

PRESENT: William Catlin, Tracie Allen, Roberta Hiller, Niki Reid and Ronald Tyndall

The board:

l Heard from Superintendent Terry Armstrong that demolition of the former elementary school off Tod Avenue is scheduled to be completed by second week in October;

l Approved the trip to Washington, D.C., Jan. 17 to 20 for the presidential inauguration at a maximum of $400 per student;

l Approved the senior class trip to New York City May 19 to 22;

l Approved resignation of bus mechanic Thomas Vickers, effective Sept. 9, and hired Paul Antal as bus mechanic on one-year limited contract;

l Announced high school political history club will sponsor a candidate and issue night 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5.

– Bob Coupland

On the record

Bristol

WHAT: Township trustees meeting Wednesday

PRESENT: Doug Seemann and Ramon French

ABSENT: Mark Webb

Trustees:

l Appproved the purchase and installation of a steel door on the garage at $800 from Dave Mahan;

l Approved the installation of base cabinets and purchase and installation of countertop and beadboard for the Old Fire House Banquet Center at $400 from Dave Mahan;

l Set trick-or-treat 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

– Bob Coupland

Kinsman

WHAT: Badger Board of Education meeting Wednesday

PRESENT: Jerad Sutton, John Phillips and Eltha Logan

ABSENT: James Hynes and Gary Kidd

The board:

l Heard a presentation regarding the Junior Achievement program, which will be given to students in grades 7 through 9. The program is expected to teach students job interview skills and financial responsibility, among other topics;

l Approved the reports, financial accounts and bills paid for August 2016;

l Approved the permanent appropriations for fiscal year 2017;

lApproved the employment of Karen Forsha and Kelly Wells as substitute personnel according to the Trumbull County adopted substitute list;

l Approved the employment of Kelsey Tokarsky, Lisa Huscroft, and Emily Goerig for the 2016-2017 school year following Ohio Certification / Licensure and background check verification;

l Approved payment for Holly Ceci, Tina Difford, Marcy Foertch, Emily Goerig, Brittany Hoover, Deann Kirby, Gina Malatesta, and Rachel Wilson for attending the TCESC-sponsored 2016 Summer Growth program;

l Approved the Athletic Department payscale for the 2016-2017 school year, amounting to $749; and

l Presented a proclamation by Superintendent Dr. David Bair regarding the Joseph Badger School District’s commitment to education while objecting to the measures put in place by the Ohio State Legislature, such as the Ohio Local Report Card.

– David Dye

Niles

WHAT: Board of Control meeting Wednesday

PRESENT: Mayor Tom Scarnecchia and Safety Service Director Jim DePasquale

Members allocated:

l $73,000 for state examiner fees for 2015 and 2016 audits;

l $3,653 to Parr Public Safety for police equipment for a new 2017 Ford Explorer cruiser;

l $1,554 to Red Diamond Uniform for equipment and uniforms for a new police officer;

l $6,615 to Summit Supply and Storage for supplies for an emergency sewer repair on East Federal Street;

l $3,867 to various companies for wellness center expenses;

l $793 to Stanley Security Solutions for monitoring and maintenance charges from August through January;

l $584 to Modern Office Products for office supplies;

l $2,550 to Bob Sumeral Tire Co. for the remainder of a 2016 purchase order;

l $1,080 to Power Tool and Supply for a tool;

l $4,000 to Brown’s Custom Concrete for concrete to restore sidewalks and driveways after water line breaks;

l $5,000 to Pep Boys for the remainder of 2016 purchase order;

l $1,475 to Summit Supply and Storage for emergency waterline repair material on state Route 46 in Mineral Ridge;

l $610 to Rhiel Supply Co. for wellness center supplies;

l $975 to Trinity Door Systems for labor and supplies to repair a door;

l $602 to Bob Sumeral Tire Co. for tires for a sewer department vehicle;

l $25,000 to Software Solutions for a budget module for financial software;

l $2,229 to Power Line Supply for clothing and stock items;

l $1,739 to SHI International Corporation for computer equipment for the police body cameras;

l $1,000 to Midwest Occupational Health Management for an employee evaluation;

l $1,197 to Cross Radio Service for labor and parts to upfit a new 2017 Ford Explorer cruiser.

– Renee Fox

Niles

WHAT: City Council meeting Wednesday

PRESENT: Robert Marino, Michael Lastic, Stephen Papalas, Linda Marchese, Frank Pezzano, Steven Mientkiewicz, Barry Steffey, Ryan McNaughton and Mayor Thomas Scarnecchia

Council:

l Heard from Councilman Barry Steffey, D-4th Ward, that U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is working to secure federal resources for the city’s waterline issues;

l Tabled a motion that would have allowed the treasurer to enter into a contract with National Enterprise Systems Inc. to collect delinquent income taxes while the finance committee further discusses the issue. The deal would not cost the city money, but would add a 25 percent fee to the taxpayer’s bill;

l Accepted the Trumbull County Auditor’s amounts and rates for tax levies in 2017;

l Passed a resolution that allows the safety service director to enter into a contract for a new roof after bids are opened 11 a.m. Wednesday in the first floor conference room of the city administration building;

l Ratified a labor agreement between the city and its dispatchers through 2018;

l Adopted conflict of interest and city vehicle use policies for city employees and officials;

l Authorized the transfer of $94,000 from the general, water, light, sewer and street funds to cover costs associated with repairs to city hall, designating $44,000 for mold remediation and $50,000 to the architect leading the work;

l Set a safety committee meeting to discuss building, zoning and housing issues 5 p.m. Sept. 29 and reminded the public of a 5 p.m. Wednesday meeting of the Niles Community Improvement Corp. in council chambers, where a 6 p.m. meeting with the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber will follow.

– Renee Fox

On the record

McDonald

WHAT: Board of Education meeting Monday

PRESENT: Kevin O’Connell, Catherine Harvey, Thomas Hannon, Jody Klase, John Saganich and Superintendent Robert A. Rostan

The board:

l Voted to start advertising for bids to update lighting at the McDonald High School auditorium. The cost is capped at $25,000, and bids will be opened Oct. 5;

l Approved a contract with Trumbull County for $266,251 for the village’s portion of shared educational resources for its students;

l Gave first reading to the district’s policies;

l Approved 15 requests by district staff for professional leave for training, conferences and events;

l Accepted participation in the federal school lunch program;

l Selected Nickels Bakery in Girard to provide bread and Dan Dairy Products in Sharpsville, Pa. to provide milk;

l Hired Dana Thomas and Michael Hecker as substitute teachers and Daniel Dean and George Karabin as substitute bus drivers;

l Selected delegates to attend the Ohio School Boards Association annual November conference for superintendents, treasurers and school board members.

– Renee Fox

Trumbull County

WHAT: Commissioners regular meeting Wednesday

PRESENT: Mauro Cantalamessa, Frank Fuda and Daniel Polivka

The board:

l Approved change orders with Foust Construction Inc. of Girard for the Commonwealth Improvement Project in Howland. The change order added about $36,200, making the total cost of the project to $188,046. The project is being funded 100 percent by an Appalachian Regional Commission grant;

l Awarded Kirila Contractors Inc. of Brookfield as the lowest and best bid for the third phase of the countywide road improvement program that includes the paving of Northwest Bridge Road in Warren Township in the amount of $86,370. Other bids were submitted by Stateline Paving of North Lima ($95,531), Barbicas Construction Co. Inc. ($97,110), Chagrin Valley Paving Inc. of Chagrin Falls ($98,470), Shelly and Sands Inc. of Akron ($100,393) and Americon Industrial Services of Youngstown ($102,920);

l Approved contracts for right-of-ways purchased for the County Line Turnpike Road bridge replacement project in Southington with Donald A. and Theresa A. Niles of state Route 534, Southington, and David R. and Twila Cross, of County Line Turnpike Road, Southington;

l Awarded lowest and best proposal submitted by Youngstown Fence Inc. for the purchase of two chain link gates, chain link fence and appurtenances at a cost of $8,095 to be installed at the Mosquito Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant on Anderson Avenue in Howland. Other proposals were submitted by Eagle Fence Co. Inc. of Warren ($8,800) and Estherlee Fence Co. of North Lima ($9,000); and

l Entered into an agreement for professional engineering services with Environmental Design Group of Akron for the Brookfield Wastewater Treatment plant generator replacement project at a cost of $48,000. Also invited to submit proposals were R.E. Warner & Associates Inc. of Westlake ($71,000) and Burgess & Niple Inc. of Painesville (no proposal submitted).

– Guy Vogrin

On the record

Hubbard

WHAT: City Council meeting Monday

PRESENT: William Williams, Benjamin Kyle, Tim O’Hara, Lisha Baumiller, Michael Toda, Justin Silvidi, Patton Gilliland, Jerry Crowe and Mayor John Darko

Council:

l Heard the police chief received a letter from the Hermitage Police Department chief thanking the Hubbard Police Department for cooperating in the arrest of two bank robbers Aug. 16;

l Announced the finances used this year by the parks and recreation department included training for the park program for $500, a basketball backboard for $629.20, repairs to a fountain for $125 and new bleachers for $2,102.64;

l Announced that a work session is scheduled 6 p.m. Tuesday to discuss utilities;

l Heard the police chief turned over a check to the city auditor for $948.12 for the sale at auction of a 2005 decommissioned Crown Victoria that was formerly used as a police car;

l Announced that the city website is now active and operating sufficiently, and the developers are working on at least three different ways for people to contact the city;

l Announced Steve Telego Sr. is running for a seat on the Trumbull Soil and Water Conservation District. The election is Oct. 7 at the district offices in Cortland;

l Passed an ordinance authorizing an agreement between the city of Hubbard and First National Bank for a 2017 International Dura Star Model 4300 truck with a dump body and snow and ice removal package;

l Passed an ordinance that authorizes an agreement between the city of Hubbard and the Trumbull County Combined Health District; and

l Passed an ordinance authorizing a contract between the Board of Control and Quasar Energy for sludge hauling and disposal at the Wastewater Treatment Facility in 2017.

– David Dye

Newton Falls

WHAT: City Council meeting Monday

PRESENT: Richard Zamecnik, John Baryak, Mark Stimpert, Philip Beer and Tarry Alberini

ABSENT: Mayor Lyle Waddell

Council:

l Gave final reading setting municipal park hours, with the park being closed sunset to sunrise. No vehicle or person shall be permitted in the park. Officials said in recent years there has been increased vandalism and loitering. Curfew for minors is 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday to Thursday and 11:59 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday and Saturday;

l Declared a 2004 Ford Taurus used previously by the municipal court’s probation department no longer needed. It will be placed on Internet auction;

l Announced hydrant flushing will be today through Friday in the areas of Warren Ravenna Road, state Route 5, Braceville-Robinson Road and state Route 534;

l Will hold a special meeting 6 p.m. today at the municipal building.

– Bob Coupland

Bristol

WHAT: Board of Education meeting Tuesday

PRESENT: John Hickey, Misty Berry, Scott Chapman, Kathleen Johnson and Don Nickel

The board:

l Heard from Hickey of plans to redo the outdoor community announcement sign in front of the high school. He said money received from a donation from resident Stella Shaffer will be used to cover costs. Shaffer, who died in 2011, left money to the schools and township;

l Announced Johnson will receive the Ohio School Boards Association’s Board Member Award Nov. 16 at the 61st annual capital conference and trade show in Columbus. Johnson is being honored for 25 years of service and will be among 30 board members in the state to receive the award;

l Approved a contract with Bristol Public Library for services and use of room at $8,000. The library is located next to the high school;

l Accepted a donation of 50 recycling bins from Trumbull-Geauga Solid Waste District;

l Increased pay for football game ticket sellers to $35 per night. Sellers will only be paid $20 on nights when there is one freshman game or one middle school game;

l Hired Alyssa Suffron as an intervention specialist and also play director;

l Approved a constitution for the new high school science club;

l Approved the disposal and sale of various athletic uniforms that have been deemed obsolete; and

l Reported Superintendent Chris Dray and Treasurer Mario Nero will attend a public records training session Oct. 14 on behalf of the board.

– Bob Coupland

Southington

WHAT: Board of Education meeting Tuesday

PRESENT: Tim Arbogast, Betsy Dunn, Steve Gilanyi, Tom Proverbs and John Shaffer

The board:

l Hired Ryan Hancock as a high school intervention specialist and Michael Pflager as a part-time social studies teacher, both on one-year limited contracts;

l Announced a temporary visitor’s side section for the football stadium was added to allow for more visitors to be seated at games. Superintendent Rocco Nero said the matter is being addressed to possibly add more seating in the future;

l Reported all roof repairs and interior work are completed following a fire in June on a section of the school roof. Nero said work was completed in late August when students returned to school;

l Approved rules and guidelines for high school students who drive to school. Nero said the rules are for safety of all drivers;

l Approved paying teachers $18 per hour for Saturday detention duty;

l Approved use of the cafetorium and concession stand for the Team Faith craft show Dec. 3 and use of the cafetorium, gym and concession stand for the Hall of Fame alumni game April 8.

– Bob Coupland

On the record

Cortland

WHAT: City Council meeting Monday

PRESENT: Dennis Linville, Deidre Petrosky, James Edwards, Patti Keller, Don Moore, Kevin Piros, Scott Rowley and Mayor Jim Woofter

Council:

l Approved submitting an application for Federal Surface Transportation Program funds from Eastgate Regional Council of Governments for improvements and resurfacing of a section of state Route 46 from Wakefield Drive to the northern city corporation limits. Service Director Don Wittman said the state would provide 80 percent of costs and the city 20 percent, or $116,000, toward the $580,000. Wittman said the first step is securing the funding;

l Heard from Wittman that work is continuing on a sled hill on Eastlake Park off state Route 46, north of Lake Vista. He said dirt has been placed there to create a hill for winter sledding;

l Heard from Woofter that workers with My Splash Pad Co. are addressing leaks and other updates at the facility, which is closed at Pearl Park for the season;

l Heard from both fire and police officials about seeking grants for 2017 for vehicles and other items for their departments;

l Gave second reading to a five-year agreement under consideration with Trumbull County Combined Health District that would cost $13,781 per year for health-related services;

l Announced residents Carol and Salvatore Caronite received the ”Community Pride Award” for residential landscape. Woofter said a local business will also be presented an award later this month;

l Announced a fall cleanup Sept. 29 and 30 with items to be placed with regular trash collection;

l Set trick or treat for 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

– Bob Coupland

Lordstown

WHAT: Village Council meeting Monday

PRESENT: Robert Bond, John Mansell, Donald Reider, Karen Jones, Ron Radtka, Howard Sheely and Mayor Arno Hill

Council:

l Moved for the state’s director of transportation to proceed with necessary bridge inspections in the village. Mayor Arno Hill said the two railroad bridges on Palmyra Road and Ellsworth Bailey Road, which the village takes care of, will be inspected by the state every two years;

l Accepted Brookhollow Drive, Ravine Court and and turnaround ”T” at the end of Brookhollow Drive as public streets within the village road system. Hill said the village already has been maintaining them;

l Updated the village’s drug and alcohol use testing policy for both elected and non-elected officials and full- and part-time employees prohibiting marijuana for recreational and medical reasons;

l Heard from Superintendent of Utilities Bruce Platt he met with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency this summer regarding an odor issue at the lift station. He said the EPA monitored the station for hydrogen sulfide levels and did necessary testing and cleaning. The village had received a letter from a resident concerned for residents’ safety with the hydrogen sulfide odor;

l Accepted the resignation of Robert Nutt from the fire department;

l Met in executive session on contract negotiations with employees and also a contract with SCOPE for the local center at the elementary school. Hill said the schools and village each will pay $4,500 for the center, which received $45,000 from the county;

l Heard from Hill that the Ohio EPA and Trumbull County Board of Health and LaFarge have asked the village to use administration building for a meeting over LaFarge’s license renewal;

l Passed a resolution proclaiming September as ”National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.”

– Bob Coupland

Champion

WHAT: Board of Education meeting Monday

PRESENT: David Mahan, Kelly Boyle, Roger Samuelson, Jim Scher and John Pitts

The board:

l Approved $25,000 for equipment to be installed to eliminate access limitations to disabled students at Champion Central Elementary School. The board will purchase a Garaventa incline platform lift and pedestrian handrails through Burning River Lifts and Elevators in Hiram at $49,500 for two lifts. The purchase is in response to a Civil Rights Commission regarding Americans with Disabilities Act matter to meet agreement obligations with Civil Rights Commission;

l Accepted the retirement resignation of Carolyn Stear, the superintendent’s secretary, effective Dec. 31 after 25 years of service. Stear, a former teacher in Finley and Indianapolis, served seven years as a guidance secretary and 18 as a superintendent secretary in Champion;

l Will apply for an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Diesel Emission Reduction grant that would provide up to 80 percent of the replacement costs for a conventional bus and a new clean air bus. Mahan said plans are to get two new buses. The district received a similar grant four years ago;

l Accepted a donation of a lot in The Bluffs development off state Route 45 from Home Savings and Loan. Mahan said the board has not decided what to use the land for.

l Accepted a donation of a used Kimball baby grand piano from an anonymous donor to be used at the high school for music classes and performances on the stage in the auditorium;

l Approved a new science class fee of $2 per student for grades fifth to eighth and reading fees of $20 per student for fifth to eighth;

l Accepted a $2.448 Martha Holden Jennings Foundation ”Grants to Educators” awarded to eighth-grade language arts teacher Jessica Hrubik;

l Heard from middle school principal Heather Campbell and four science club members who have created a web page about science activities such as Envirothon that students participate in each fall;

l Announced the “Fall Fest” appreciation / awards luncheon for local senior citizens will be 11 a.m. Oct. 20 at the middle school. A ”Senior Citizen of the Year” will be named. For reservations call 330-847-2338 by Oct. 14.

– Bob Coupland

Farmington

WHAT: Township trustees meeting Tuesday

PRESENT: Martha Yoder, Brad Hall and Kevin Bontrager

Trustees:

l Reported resident Barb Scott was appointed to head the road committee, working on ideas for future road maintenance. The township’s contract with Trumbull County expires next year. The committee will examine all available options after that;

l Announced summer decorations must be removed from the township cemeteries by Oct. 1. Trustees approved rental expenditure for a trash receptacle for collection. Cleanup will be 10 a.m. Oct. 8 at both cemeteries;

l Reported that due to contractor illness, concrete footers do not need to be poured for grave markers. Trustees are exploring other options to expedite the process;

l Discussed needs at the Hillside Cemetery Chapel. Bontrager will get estimates for work on the porch and steps as well as scraping and painting of the outside trim. He also will address a leak at the chimney;

l Heard that Yoder signed a letter of agreement allowing a previously approved wetland survey on Peck Leach Road to proceed. Hall will conduct a new roads survey;

l Hall gave a report on fire hall work in preparation for 24/7 EMS and fire staffing;

l Read Zoning Inspector Joe Adam’s report noting 18 problem properties in Plalan Lakes.

– Bob Coupland

On the record

Cortland

WHAT: Lakeview Board of Education meeting Monday

PRESENT: Donna Zuga, Mary Williams, Larry Sherer, Jennifer Nicholas and Troy Adair

The board:

l Approved the out-of-state field trip to Iron Mills Farmstead in New Wilmington, Pa., for kindergarten to third-grade students. Cortland Elementary Parent Teacher Organization will pay all costs associated with the trip;

l Approved a resolution to waive career technical education for seventh- and eighth-grade students, according to House Bill 487, due to unfunded initiatives by the Ohio Legislature;

l Entered into a contract for services with Trumbull County Educational Service Center for fiscal 2017 at $421,618.

– Bob Coupland

Howland

WHAT: Township trustees meeting Wednesday

PRESENT: Rick Clark, Jim Lapolla and Matt Vansuch

Trustees:

l Approved paying its $34,015 share for the school police resource officer for nine-month period through June 1, 2017, with Howland schools paying the other share. The officer will be at all Howland school buildings;

l Accepted resignation of part-time police officer Marcus Coonce, effective Thursday;

l Hired Lori Stull as part-time postal employee at $9.93 per hour with no benefits on as-needed basis;

l Approved renewing for one year township life health, dental and life insurance for all full-time employees with Huntington Insurance (Anthem) with 4 percent premium increase;

l Approved contract with John Albers with Albers and Albers to represent Howland, Warren city and Warren township to split $1,000 costs for services for the joint economic development district;

l Declared eight properties public nuisances cited for violation due to high grass and debris. The zoning office has not heard from property owners either by email or telephone on rectifying the violations;

l Appointed Planning Director Kimberly Mascarella to represent Howland on the Natural Resource Assistance Council-Green Space Conservation Program District 6 Public Works Integrating Committee for three years;

l Authorized adjusting the minimum bids from $4,000 to $3,000 each for 2008 Chevrolet Impala police cruisers on LightGov.auction.

-Bob Coupland

Niles

WHAT: Board of Education meeting Thursday

PRESENT: Susan Longacre, Tony Perrone, Rebecca DePanicis, Mary Ann McMahon, Bobby Seifert and Superintendent Ann Marie Thigpen

The board:

l Revised salaries for six teachers and transferred four support employees between schools;

l Approved the second reading of guidance counselor evaluation policy;

l Approved several field trips for an Oct. 21 kindergarten class visit to Iron Mills Farmstead in New Wilmington, Pa., an April 26-28 trip for sixth-grade students to Camp Fitch, and a May 18-20 trip for seventh- and eighth-grade students to visit New York City;

l Hired on one-year supplemental contracts Edward Stredney as a junior varsity boys soccer coach and Karin Coughlin as a volunteer middle school drama instructor;

l Announced the completion of the primary school parking lot project;

l Learned that enrollment of Niles students at the Trumbull Career and Technical Center is down to 62 from around 80 last year;

l Scheduled the next meeting for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19.

– Renee Fox

On the record

Bazetta

WHAT: Township trustees meeting Monday

PRESENT: Paul Hovis, Ted Webb and Frank Parke

Trustees:

l Approved payment of $209,566 to Micam Inc. for work on the fire station under construction on Warren Meadville Road. Officials noted that the project is moving along more quickly than expected, with a grand opening possible by late November or December;

l Approved a resolution to accept and approve community service work on township property, as local high school students have expressed interested in acquiring service hours with work at the park;

l Received a $5,280 grant from the Trumbull Combined Health District to cover costs for the three mosquito sprayings in the township this summer;

l Extended firefighter / medic Nic Wildman’s temporary light duty from Sept. 13 to Oct. 11;

l Set trick or treat for 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

– Bob Coupland

Fowler

WHAT: Township trustees meeting Monday

PRESENT: Tom Carr, Albert Crabbs and Jeff Davis

Trustees:

l Accepted a $50,000 Department of Public Safety Safe Community grant to be used by the police department for traffic safety and safety training programs in the schools. The township has received the grant in past years;

l Approved Tarzan Tree Service to remove a tree in the Old North Cemetery at a cost of $800;

l Set trick-or-treat 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

– Bob Coupland

Johnston

WHAT: Township trustees meeting Tuesday

PRESENT: Davis Denman, Dominic Marchese and James Carnes

Trustees:

l Set trick-or-treat 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.

l Approved two new hoses for the fire engines, costing approximately $500.

– David Dye

Liberty

WHAT: Township trustees meeting Monday

PRESENT: Jodi Stoyak, Stan Nudell and Jason Rubin

Trustees:

l Swore in Aric Anderson as a new full-time firefighter;

l Will apply for $500 mini grant from Trumbull 100 for repairs to a “Welcome to Liberty” sign off Fifth Avenue and other beautification. Stoyak said the sign has weathered;

l Will have legal counsel Mark Finamore reviewing what can be done with the situation of mold, birds and mice at the Belmont Avenue fire station. Trustees plan to take action on what to do;

l Were informed that Kline’s Farm off Belmont Avenue that 46 units will be added to the development, which includes condos;

l Reported meetings will be held 9:30 a.m. today and Saturday at Churchill United Methodist Church, where plans are to establish a Liberty community food pantry. Volunteers are needed to help with the effort;

l Announced Mel’s Diner, a new restaurant, has opened at 3710 Belmont Ave.

– Bob Coupland

Niles

WHAT: Board of Control meeting Wednesday

PRESENT: Mayor Tom Scarnecchia and Safety Service Director Jim DePasquale

Members allocated:

l $1,360 to Tri-County Asphalt for 20 tons of hot mix;

l $1,970 to Central Sealing for sealing at the main substation lot;

l $10,529 to Thomasson Company for wooden poles;

l $1,331 to Grainger for an electric heater;

l $1,450 to KV Electric for repair to Ann Street services;

l $26,675 to Liberty Ford for a 2017 Ford Explorer AWD police special;

l $19,629 to Wolfcom for a police body worn camera system;

l $651 to the Office of the Ohio Treasurer;

l $656 to Bortnick Tractor Sales Inc. for repair of a backhoe;

l $500 to Handyman Supply for supplies;

l $1,764 to Rick Bates Garage for the repair of a truck’s transmission;

l $827 to Pipelines for a hymax coupling;

l $4,195 to Trumbull Industries for assorted parts and materials;

l $735 to Csutest.com for online training for firefighters.

– Renee Fox

On the record

Girard

WHAT: City council meeting Monday

PRESENT: Reynald Paolone, Mark Standohar, Keith Schubert, Thomas Grumley, Lily Martuccio, John Moliterno, Joseph Shelby and Mayor Jim Melfi

ABSENT: Steve Brooks

Council:

l Received a recommendation from the city’s planning commission of the board’s recent approval of a zone change from residential to commercial for five parcels off Churchill Road where a developer wants to build a Dollar General store. Hurley and Stewart LLC of Kalamazoo, Mich., has requested the change on behalf of Capital Growth, Buchalter Inc. of Birmingham, Ala. Council will need to hold a public hearing before taking action on the request. Melfi said he will speak to the developer on plans for upgrading the building and neighborhood;

l Announced the Girard Better Block event will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday on West Liberty Street in partnership with the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce and Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership.

– Bob Coupland

Champion

WHAT: Township trustees meeting Monday

PRESENT: Keith Bowser, Jeff Hovanic and Rex Fee

Trustees:

l Declared the former Lil’ Mac building, 814 State Road, as structurally defective and unsecured and ordered it to be abated. Trustees received recommendations from the township fire chief and county building inspector on the condition of the vacant building;

l Hired Brian Barton and Aaron Williams as reserve firefighters. Fire Chief John Hickey said the two have completed pre-employment criteria and are on duty;

l Presented a proclamation to John Streitferdt for his 50 years of service on the township zoning board of appeals;

l Declared properties at 210 and 220 Earl Drive and 233 Champion Ave. in violation of code because of high grass and debris;

l Announced the fire department open house 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 24;

l Scheduled trick-or-treat 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

– Bob Coupland

Warren Township

WHAT: LaBrae Board of Education meeting Monday

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

The board:

l Adopted a district emergency operations plan. Sewell said the plan, for gas leaks, bomb threats, lockdowns and other emergencies, explains what staff and students will do if they have to evacuate the building. The plan explains how the district will work with police and fire personnel;

l Approved the district’s tuition rate of $2,807 for the school year as set by State Department of Education;

l Named LaBrae Intermediate School Principal Milajean Harkabus as Title I coordinator. She and the other district principals will serve as credentialed counselor evaluators for the Ohio Counselor Evaluation System; and

l Presented a ”Service Award” to Bill Ambrose, who served 32 years in the district as a custodian before retiring.

– Bob Coupland

Vernon

WHAT: Township trustees meeting Tuesday

PRESENT: Walter Emrick, Richard Heberling and Walter Horodyski

Trustees:

l Received bids from Terminix, Alexander’s Pest Control and Orkin to exterminate pests in the town hall building, including bees, black ants and powder post beetles. The trustees then agreed to hire Alexander’s at the cost of $800;

l Will seek interest rates for a $50,000 loan to replace the one-ton plow truck with a new one;

l Motioned to accept bridge reduction limits recommended by the Trumbull County Engineer that would limit the bridge load on Township Highway 261 to two to three tons until the new bridge is erected in the spring;

l Approved the fire department to use the $10,000 equipment grant to purchase new turnout gear. The current turnout gear has either expired in the past year or will expire this year; and

l Allowed the Hartford Apple Festival Committee to use 150 folding chairs during the Hartford Apple Festival, which will be held Friday through Sunday.

– David Dye

On the record

Kinsman

WHAT: Board of Trustees meeting Monday

PRESENT: Tim Woofter, Greg Leonhard and Linda Miller

Trustees:

l Received two notifications from the Trumbull County Engineer’s Office that because of repairs, Center Street will be closed today, and the intersection of Burnett East Road and Farmdale North Road will be closed Wednesday. However, emergency vehicles will be accommodated;

l Received an estimate of $1,250 from Atkins Asphalt and Paving for renovations to the parking lot of the administrative building. Since the parking lot was renovated last year, the trustees deemed further renovations this year to be unnecessary;

l Motioned to reimburse Jim Doeberling $900 to cover 50 percent of the tie-in fee for the administrative building. Doeberling sold the administrative building to the township, and paid for everything such as removing the septic system, except the fee that he decided to pay half of;

l Motioned to hire Martuccio Frank Asphalt and Paving for road resurfacing, which was estimated at $150,000;

l Resolved to support Candidate’s Night at 7 p.m. Ocr. 24 at Joseph Badger High School;

l Received $19,835.39 from the Local Government Fund, which will be put into the general fund;

l Announced Steve Telego Sr. is running for an elected seat on the Trumbull Soil and Water Conservation District. The election will be Oct. 7 at the district offices in Cortland, and is open to anyone at least 18 years of age and a resident of Trumbull County.

– David Dye

On the record

Bristol

WHAT: Township trustees meeting Tuesday

PRESENT: Doug Seemann, Ramon French and Mark Webb

Trustees:

l Approved Gaumer Tree Service at $1,300 to remove a downed tree at Sager Cemetery that fell over during a recent storm;

l Heard from fire Chief Tom Dempsey the department received two new portable radios to better communicate with the staff at Bristol schools;

l Reported chip and seal work was completed for the drive by the chapel at Evergreen Cemetery and the driveway and parking area at Kagy Cemetery;

l Reported bid specifications were completed for the self-contained breathing apparatus for the fire department. Trustees will now advertise for bids for the items;

l Will do chip and seal work on Berry Lane and also Thompson-Clark Road between Hyde-Oakfield and Mahan Denman Road;

l Were informed the township did not receive a state grant to help cover costs for a new fire truck.

– Bob Coupland

McDonald

WHAT: Village Council meeting Wednesday

PRESENT: Brian Klase, Marty Puckett, Ray Lewis, Richard Harvey, Scott Seitz, Michael O’Brien and Mayor Glenn Holmes

Council:

l Passed a measure approving the paving of McDonald Avenue from West Marshall Road to Sixth Street. Americon Industrial Services is scheduled to start the $119,00 project in the fall and the village is responsible for half the cost. The Ohio Public Works Commission will cover the other $60,000;

l Renewed a 20-year agreement for the U.S. Post Office’s lease of its building from the village;

l Encouraged business owners in Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council member cities to ask their public officials about how to participate in low-interest loans ranging from $100,000 to $500,000 from NOPEC to make their businesses more energy efficient;

l Discussed the restoration of an all-terrain vehicle the fire department will be able to use to reach people in difficult areas, like industrial parks and fields.

– Renee Fox

Trumbull County

WHAT: Commissioners’ regular meeting Thursday.

PRESENT: Daniel Polivka, Frank Fuda and Mauro Cantalamessa

The board:

l Approved changes to the preliminary engineering work for the King Graves Road realignment project in Howland, adding $15,755 to raise the total contract amount to $379,181. Arcadis U.S. Inc. did the work, which was originally approved in April 2013.

l Approved an internship for Natalie Hall, an Ohio State University student who will be supervised by Julie Green, the county grants manager. Hall will work for three weeks in the grants manager office beginning Dec. 16. She will be paid a $1,500 stipend.

– Guy Vogrin

On the record

Lordstown

WHAT: Village council meeting Tuesday

PRESENT: Robert Bond, John Mansell, Donald Reider, Karen Jones, Ron Radtka, Howard Sheely and Mayor Arno Hill

Council:

l Discussed getting more local senior citizens to ride the senior citizen bus, especially during the fall and winter months. Officials reported the bus was used only six days in August and want to promote it more and transport people to area events;

l Discussed possibly negotiating to have full-time ambulance service. The village recently received a new ambulance that has been put in service;

l Met in executive session on pending litigation regarding a railroad crossing on Salt Springs Road and Lyntz Townline Road that has been blocking traffic in the village for long periods of time creating traffic congestion and delays, including for school buses transporting students;

l Acquired a parcel of land from the Kibler family at $20,000 that will be used for a water booster station and waterline off Salt Springs Road for the Lordstown Energy Center;

l Approved extending water utility service to Steven Anzevino, 2511 Pritchard Ohltown Road, North Jackson, by constructing a tap-in up to 2 inches;

l Approved CT Consultants at $1,000 to review the village’s stormwater pollution prevention plan;

l Approved a consent agreement with Ohio Edison Co. to conduct sewerline work within their transmission-rights-of-way in connection with the Lordstown Energy Center;

l Entered into an agreement with Century Link Sales Solutions for $1,113 for enhanced cable service for the police department to better coordinate with the county’s 911 Center;

l Approved Alex Behon, Thomas Paisley, Ginny Taylor and Lisa Mark as park / recreation instructors at $11.50 per hour and Nancy Trusz, Bonnie Taylor and Nicholas Johnson as park/ recreation supervisors at $9.50 per hour;

l Recognized Hill for being named a ”Business Advocate of the Year” by the Regional Chamber of Commerce at its Salute to Business event;

l Set trick-or-treat 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.

– Bob Coupland

Hartford

WHAT: Township trustee meeting Tuesday

PRESENT: Rebecca Whitman, Phil Wilhelm and Mike Bridge

Trustees:

l Approved installation of two new doors at the municipal building and maintenance garage at $1,083 each from Make A Door;

l Heard from Brookfield Fire Chief Keith Barrett who discussed forming a committee to get information to voters on need for passage of 2-mill fire levy on Nov. 8. The levy would raise funds for Hartford to cover costs for equipment and fire service from Brookfield;

l Reported new metal siding will be placed on the municipal building with the rest to be painted to match the siding by October;

l Purchased vertical blinds for the town hall at $400 each from JC Penney;

l Reported the annual apple festival is set Sept. 16-18 at town center.

– Bob Coupland

On the record

Braceville

WHAT: Township trustee meeting Tuesday

PRESENT: Todd Brewster, Rebecca Rood and Aaron Young

Trustees:

l Approved purchase of a body for the dump truck at $17,439 from Quality Truck Body and Equipment of Youngstown;

l Reported seven vehicles in the police impound lot will be placed on online auction at govdeals.com. Officials said the police department generates funds from sale of impounded vehicles

– Bob Coupland

Cortland

WHAT: City council meeting Tuesday

PRESENT: Dennis Linville, Deidre Petrosky, James Edwards, Patti Keller, Don Moore, Scott Rowley and Mayor Jim Woofter

ABSENT: Kevin Piros

Council:

l Passed an ordinance repealing a previous one to withdraw funding of $5,500 to YNG Air Partners for daily flights in and out of Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. The city learned the daily flights have been discontinued;

l Gave first reading to enter into a five-year agreement with Trumbull County Combined Health District at $13,781 per year. Linville said the city does not have its own health department;

l Swore in Cory VanKanegan as a new firefighter/ paramedic for the fire department;

l Set trick or treat for 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

– Bob Coupland

Vienna

WHAT: Township trustee meeting Tuesday

PRESENT: Phil Pegg, Rich Dasenczo, and Heidi Brown

Trustees:

l Recognized police Sgt. Michael Sheehy who saved a 21-year-old Sodom Hutchings Road man’s life by administering Narcan when the man was found on the floor at his home and not breathing. Sheehy was presented a certificate of recognition for life saving efforts;

l Heard from Fire Chief Richard Brannon that the Environmental Protection Agency issued written citations to two property owners for illegal outdoor burning of tires and questionable substances. He said the fire department investigated the burning complaints;

l Announced a 9/11 memorial service will be 1 p.m. Sunday at the fire station;

l Set trick or treat 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

– Bob Coupland

On the record

Niles

WHAT: Board of Control meeting Wednesday

PRESENT: Mayor Scarnecchia and Safety Service Director Jim DePasquale

Members allocated:

l $5,752 to Power Line Supply for meter bases, copper bugs and a hydraulic tool;

l $1,642 to Sumerel Tire Co. for tires;

l $9,150 to Solomon Corp. for a transformer for the Toyota dealership;

l $1,040 to Iron City for invoice balances for the wellness center from December through August;

l $1,077 to Iron City for invoice balances for the safety complex from February through April.

– Renee Fox

On the record

Lordstown

WHAT: Board of Education special meeting Wednesday

PRESENT: William Catlin, Tracie Allen, Ronald Tyndall, Niki Reid and Roberta Hiller

The board:

l Approved Cheri Pyles as part-time elementary computer/ technology teacher and James Frantz and Jenny Cox as afternoon-turn custodians;

l Adopted a policy that students in grades nine to 12 taking part in interscholastic athletics and cheerleading for at least two full seasons as documented by the athletic director are exempt from high school physical education. Officials said students are required to instead take another course of study in lieu of study hall to replace physical education;

l Entered into a shared services agreement with LaBrae schools that will provide web hosting services for Lordstown schools at $56 annually;

l Approved Superintendent Terry Armstrong and Principals James Vivo and Melissa Starkey as staff evaluators after receiving proper credentials;

l Accepted resignations of Walter Steffy as bus driver and retirement resignation of Randal Dieter as head custodian;

l Approved Mindy Moyers and Darla Banks as intervention tutors at the elementary at $20 per hour;

l Approved opting out of the seventh and eighth grade career technical education requirement. School districts have the option to notify the state of not providing such courses.

– Bob Coupland

Trumbull County

WHAT: Commissioners regular meeting Wednesday

PRESENT: Mauro Cantalamessa, Frank Fuda and Daniel Polivka

The board:

l Rescinded the bid that was submitted by Paycor of Independence for online payroll services. The $108,172 bid was accepted July 20, but according to commissioners, the board could not come to acceptable terms with Paycor. Auditor Adrian S. Biviano said the county is looking for options;

l Accepted the proposal by Duro-Last Roofing Inc of Saginaw, Mich., to complete a project at the Brookfield Wastewater Treatment Plant in Masury. The $29,878 reroofing job includes $235 to cover the cost of a required performance bond. The proposal was through the national cooperative purchasing program, with Holko Enercon Inc. of Fowler doing the work. The plans include use of prevailing wages and a 20-year labor and material warranty;

l Approved a three-year agreement with Buckeye Energy Brokers Inc. of Akron for opt-out electric aggregation services; and

l Reappointed Kevin Reilly, Lawrence Connelly and Larry Larson as members of the Trumbull County Board of Developmental Disabilities for additional four-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2017.

– Guy Vogrin