On the record
WHAT: Township trustee meeting Tuesday
PRESENT: Gil Blair, Marvin McBride and Steve Gerberry
l Entered into an agreement with the Regional Chamber of Commerce at $20,000 for one year for economic development, government and marketing services to help with business retention, expansion and attraction and advocacy at the statehouse regarding local government issues;
l Agreed to install a street light at the intersection of Salt Springs-Youngstown Road and Four Mile Run-Watson Marshall Road with Ohio Edison to install the light;
l Will seek a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant for securing self-contained breathing apparatus and also a tanker truck for the fire department;
l Secured attorney Daniel Daniluk as special counsel to take legal action against Gateways to Better Living Inc (GTBL) Development for locating a facility in a residential neighborhood in violation of zoning regulations;
l Approved Shelley and Sands of Akron for pavement repair, additional asphalt concrete and butt joint milling work on Warner Court at $26,472. Other streets included in the project are Prospect, Morris, Williamson, Church, Ashland, Oakwood, Sixth and Seaborn streets and Dumont and Rosalyn drives;
l Recognized Haskel Westmoreland of Mineral Ridge for volunteering and picking up litter and debris on the township bike trail. Westmoreland served as a command sergeant, the highest level a noncommissioned officer can attain in the U.S. Army, during 22 years of service in the military. He received 27 decorations including five Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts;
l Announced a Spirit Day parade 4:30 p.m. Oct. 23 starting at the high school parking lot;
l Announced a Historical Ghost Walk 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 22 at the former middle school property off Route 46 that will include a ghost story, an outdoor movie and free food;
l Reported resident Michele Nutt has established a Little Free Pantry across from the Church of Christ on Main Street and is accepting donations of nonperishable items;
l Announced residential tree limb chipping program will conclude Oct. 28 with those needing tree limb pickup to call the township administration building on Thursdays;
l Reminded residents that portable garages or other structures made of tarps, tents, plastic or similar materials are prohibited in the township.
— Bob Coupland
WHAT: Township trustee meeting Wednesday
PRESENT: Sam Plott, Dan Tietz and Bob Reader
l Will have Fire Chief Tom Strock contact Champion Fire Chief John Hickey and Champion trustees to schedule a meeting for discussing shared fire services beyond mutual aid between the two townships. Plott said Southington does not always have enough people during day turn to staff the department;
l Have scheduled a special meeting 6 p.m. Oct. 26 to review 25 applications received for a township road position as current Road Supervisor/ Cemetery Sexton Clarence Speaker will be retiring in early 2016. Plott said the list will be narrowed down and interviews scheduled later;
l Heard from two zoning board members about setting up a historic area focusing on rural heritage in the center of the township, which was included in the township’s comprehensive plan. Plott said many communities have designated historic districts;
l Met with county engineer officials on possibly locating a water tower on township property near the intersection of U.S. Route 422 and state Route 534 behind the Halfway Restaurant. The tower would supply water for the township’s new water lines.
l Approved $77 for Arm’s Trucking in Claridon for road materials;
l Approved sending two firefighters for 36-hour basic fire training at $525 each at the Auburn Career Center.
— Bob Coupland