On the record
WHAT: Township trustee meeting Monday
PRESENT: Fritz Birkhimer, Jim Governor and Dan Galbincea
l Agreed to increase the amount from $1,000 to $2,500 for normal circumstances and from $1,000 to $5,000 for emergency situations for department heads to not seek trustee approval or seek bids. Birkhimer said this will help move the process forward quicker and not require three bids in emergency situations, such as when a fire truck or snow plow breaks down. Birkhimer said he spoke to the county prosecutor’s office and this is permitted.
l Will speak with officials from neighboring Bazetta and Johnston townships regarding snow plowing of roads that are common to all three areas. Galbincea said Bazetta officials are proposing Mecca pay for a truckload of salt in exchange for Bazetta paving all of Portage Easterly Road. Previously, both Mecca and Bazetta townships were plowing half the road. Galbincea said Mecca also is speaking with Johnston officials about one winter Mecca doing all plowing and Johnston plowing the following year on roads that are located in both communities;
l Heard from former trustee Daryl Black about the need for striping roads with white lines since visibility is difficult when there is fog and darkness;
l Heard Galbincea will meet with the county engineer’s office about getting street lights either on existing poles or new poles at Morrell Ray and Housel Craft roads. He also will check on getting culvert pipe on Morrell Ray Road at Housel Craft;
l Approved one-way traffic 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 on Griffith Drive and Edgewater Drive for Halloween. All traffic will travel clockwise for the two hours for safety;
l Combined the fire department and EMS funds into one fund where bills for ambulance runs will be placed and the funds then used for equipment repairs;
l Approved having Greene Township’s ambulance and EMS bills previously handled by the fiscal officer handled by L&D Billing;
— Bob Coupland
WHAT: Village council meeting Monday.
PRESENT: Robert Bond, John Mansell, Donald Reider, Karen Jones, Ron Radtka, Howard Sheely and Mayor Arno Hill
l Gave second reading to various pieces of legislation granting a 50 cent per hour pay increase each year for three years for village employees of all departments including police, fire, streets, clerk’s office, economic development and income tax;
l Approved the village paying its share of $9,500 for 2016 and 2017 to the Lordstown Board of Education to defray rent for use of the district’s facility by senior citizens at the SCOPE Center at the rear of the elementary school. The agreement is through June 2017;
l Entered into an agreement with CT Consultants Inc. to provide engineering services for replacing the existing public alert system equipment at six locations at a cost of $13,000. Hill said there has been problems with some of the village’s six warning sirens, which will be replaced with the new sirens.
— Bob Coupland