On the record – Braceville, Champion, Hartford, Trumbull County


WHAT: Township trustee meeting Tuesday

PRESENT: Tod Brewster, Aaron Young and Rebecca Rood


• Entered into contract with the Trumbull County Engineer’s Office for chip and seal work on Allen Smith Road at $51,071 to be done next year;

• Approved 250 tons of limestone from Fairfield Coal at $5,600, including delivery;

• Purchased two pulse-oxygen meters for the ambulance from Penn Care at $1,200;

• Set its end-of-year meeting 6 p.m. Dec. 19, which is the last meeting for Brewster, who served 16 years as a trustee and was a former zoning inspector, and Young, who served about 10 years.

— Bob Coupland


WHAT: Township trustee meeting Monday

PRESENT: Keith Bowser, Rex Fee and Jeff Hovanic


• Waived the township’s $400 zoning appeals board’s variance fee for the school board’s variance request regarding the replatting of Champion Central Elementary School. Officials said the variance is for front footage off Route 45 or the bus garage on the school property. When the school is demolished, the township will take over the property with the exception of the bus garage;

• Approved Folsom Avenue storm sewer drainage upgrade and resurfacing project to be done in one to two years. The townip was awarded a grant for the project;

• Discussed possibly having a hauling permit in place for large vehicles on township roads. The matter was tabled until next year. Hovanic said Vernon and Mesopotamia have such permits in place;

• Approved proceeding with the purchase of two 2018 Ford Explorer Interceptor police cruisers at $33,500 each from Lebanon Ford through state purchasing.

• Recognized Hovanic and Bowser for their service on the trustee board. Hovanic chose not to run after 20 years of service and Bowser, who had eight years, was defeated in the election;

• Accepted the resignation of John Streitferdt effective Dec. 31 from the zoning board after 51 years of service;

• Set the year-end meeting 9 a.m. Dec. 16.

— Bob Coupland


WHAT: Township trustee meeting Tuesday

PRESENT: Rebecca Whitman, Phil Wilhelm and Mike Bridge


• Accepted a $1,000 donation to the fire department and $750 donation to the cemetery fund, both from Sharon Speedway thanking the township for police protection at the raceway during the year;

• Met with Brookfield fire Chief Keith Barrett and other fire representatives to discuss plans to remodel and revamp the Hartford fire station;

• Set year-end meeting 7 p.m. Dec. 27 and organizational meeting 7 p.m. Jan. 3.

— Bob Coupland

Trumbull County

WHAT: County commissioners meeting Wednesday

PRESENT: Commissioners Frank Fuda, Mauro Cantalamessa and Daniel Polivka

The commissioners:

• Reappointed Kevin Gavitt to the Trumbull County Children Services Board for a four-year term;

• Approved Trumbull County Department of Job and Family Services transportation contracts from Oct. 1 to February 2018 with Garwin Inc. for $200,000, Trumbull Community Action Program for $70,000 and All American USA Taxi Inc. for $375,000;

• Rejected all bids submitted for the Brookfiled wastewater treatment plant generator replacement project because of a design change, and will re-advertise for the project estimated to cost $465,000;

• Authorized an application and a contract with the Ohio Public Works Commission for a 0 percent interest loan of $3.174 million for the Mineral Ridge hydraulic improvements project;

• Authorized an application and a contract with the Ohio Public Works Commission for a 0 percent interest loan of $750,000 for the $2.128 million Heaton Chute sanitary sewer improvements project. The rest of the funds is grant money;

• Authorized an application and a contract with the Ohio Public Works Commission for a 0 percent interest loan of $290,905 for the Huntley Drive water improvements project in Howland, which will connect residents using wells to a county water line;

• Approved a $7,500 agreement with Clemans-Nelson and Associates for human resources management consulting services for a personnel issue in the sanitary engineers department;

• Authorized an application and a contract with the Ohio Public Works Commission for $820,721 of a $1.519 million project to improve in 2018 portions of Logan Way in Liberty, Ridge Road in Vienna, Niles Warren River Road in Weathersfield, South Canal Street in Newton Township and Shannon Road in Liberty;

• Removed John D. Robertson from the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board;

• Authorized the advertisement of bids for the replacement of the concrete entrance to the Trumbull County Courthouse;

• Approved the purchase of a $17,678 Ford Fusion S for the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office drug task force;

• Approved the monthly capital charge to the 16 property owners who benefited from the Allison Avenue sanitary sewer improvements project at $16.39 a month, rather than the $49.48 a month presented at a public meeting in August 2016.

— Renee Fox