On the record – Champion, Lordstown


WHAT: Township trustee meeting Monday

PRESENT: Rex Fee, Brian Bugos and Doug Emerine


• Will hold second interviews for the fiscal officer position. Fee said trustees received three additional applicants in addition to the original six after advertising a second time for the post. Current Fiscal Officer Peggy Mercer will retire at the end of the month;

• Approved having an asbestos remediation study done on the Lil’ Mac building, 814 State Road, at a cost not to exceed $600. Trustees said they are tearing down the vacant building after receiving no response from owners to get the property cleaned up. The study is needed before demolition, estimated at $17,400;

• Will move trustee monthly meetings to the high school community room, effective 6:30 p.m. March 5. The former trustees room at the township hall will be converted into the fiscal officer’s office;

• Approved paying a $3,000 share to the Champion SCOPE Senior Center, its part of the local match of the Trumbull County Senior Services levy’s annual $30,000 funding. Trumbull Career and Technical Center, which is hosting SCOPE, paid the other $3,000 match;

• Heard from Mike Wilson, director of SCOPE, that 149 residents used the Champion senior site, attending bingo, computer classes, sewing and walking. Wilson said seven homebound residents receive free food from SCOPE grocery distribution twice a month;

• Approved changing zoning codes to require churches, schools, synagogues and government buildings to have to pay for a zoning certificate;

• Declared property at 979 State Road as a nuisance due to tires and couches on the lawn. Zoning Inspector Rhonda Fonce will send letter requiring the property be cleaned up or the township will do the work and place costs on tax lien for the property;

• Heard from Fee that trustees will wait to make the final payment of the Calla Avenue and Pearl Drive Ohio Public Works Commission project until noted problems are rectified. The total local share is $88,400;

• Will hold a work session 3 p.m. Thursday with Champion Board of Education over a grant application for making improvements on school property off state Route 45;

• Announced communitywide garage sales May 3 to 5, with no zoning permits required;

• Approved fire Chief John Hickey to attend Ohio Fire Chiefs winter symposium March 6-7 in Columbus, not to exceed $275.

— Bob Coupland


WHAT: Village Council met Monday in its chambers

PRESENT: Council members Robert Bond, Karen Jones, Ron Radka, Donald Reider and Howard Sheely

ABSENT: Lamar Liming was excused


• Approved the purchase of $15,094 for the purchase of a new server, software and other equipment for a data processing system needed by the police department;

• Approved by a 4-to-1 vote spending $35,976.48 for a new Chevrolet Tahoe from Tim Lally Chevrolet for the police department. The new vehicle will replace one of two cars in the department’s 12-vehicle fleet. Each of the two vehicles being considered for replacement have more than 100,000 miles on them;

• Approved entering into an aggregation agreement with First Energy Solutions Corp. in which the village’s residential customers will receive 6 percent off the current prices and commercial accounts will receive 4 percent off comparable prices. Under the new plan, village customers who chose to opt out of using First Energy Corp. will not have to pay a termination fee.

— Raymond L. Smith