On the record


WHAT: City council meeting Monday.

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


• Postponed by a 6-1 vote acting on a zone change from residential to business for properties located at 520 and 542 Churchill Road to allow a Dollar General to be constructed. Standohar said council will wait until the Dec. 12 meeting, when Hurley and Stewart Architects will have made additional aesthetic improvements to the property and building as requested by council. Shelby, who cast the“no” vote, said the legislation has already been postponed twice;

• Requested legislation be prepared for a joint project with Trumbull County for a $242,300 waterline project on East Drive off Churchill Road. Safety Service Director Jerry Lambert said the city and the county will each pay $37,500 for the project, which will also be covered by Ohio Public Works Commission grants;

• Approved a one-year renewal agreement with Trumbull County commissioners for $2,800 to provide legal defense for indigent defendants for 2017 at Girard Municipal Court;

• Announced representatives of the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber will meet 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 with council on the 422 Corridor project and bike trail;

• Canceled the Dec. 26 meeting due to Christmas holiday.

— Bob Coupland


WHAT: Board of education meeting Monday.

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

The board:

• Heard from Howland Springs Principal Gary Gawdyda, who has taken a survey of parents at the kindergarten to second grade school regarding concerns and questions on bullying;

• Entered into a facilities agreement with the American Red Cross to provide school buildings for use for emergency services in the event of a disaster;

•Approved an amendment to the agreement with Ohio Association of Public School Employees Local 34 to include vacation time for part-time employees. Lehman said the agreement did not address part-time employees who can accrue vacation based upon hours worked.

— Bob Coupland

Newton Township

WHAT: Trustee meeting Monday.

PRESENT: Bob Page, John Nemet and Darlene Lutz.


• Approved seeking $138,853 from the Ohio Public Works Commission to widen and resurface Oak Knoll Avenue in 2017. Page said the township’s 46 percent share of the project is $63,872;

• Approved a three-year agreement with the Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste District for a recycling a drop off site at the township administration building. Page said the township will maintain the site as part of the agreement;

• Agreed to a $3,300 contract with Diamond Doors of Newton Falls. It calls for the purchase of two overhead garage doors and repairs to existing doors at township garage;

• Rescheduled the next meeting to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 27 due to Christmas and set an organizational meeting for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 3.

— Bob Coupland