On the record – Braceville, Bristol, Champion


WHAT: Township trustee meeting Tuesday

PRESENT: Dennis Kuchta, Rebecca Rood and Jeff Tucker


• Named Joshua Rudesill as interim police chief at $1,200 per month effective March 1. He has been with the department for more than 10 years. Trustees removed former police chief William Garro as credit card user and replaced him with Rudesill;

• Heard from Rudesill the police department has eight officers. He said he would like to hire two more;

• Approved purchase of two Tasers not to exceed $2,190. Rudesill said he wants officers to have Narcan and medical kits on them in case of emergencies:

• Heard from Rudesill two police cruisers need repaired as a tree branch fell on one, damaging the hood and headlights, and the other had a motorist crash into it when it was stopped, damaging the front bumper. He said insurance should cover the costs, which will be determined;

• Discussed possibly getting dog waste stations set up along the walking trail because of recent problems there;

• Approved Layfield Car Clinic to replace police cruiser brakes at $743;

• Approved entering into an agreement for the establishment of the Trumbull County Council of Governments for providing certain public services on a cooperative basis between communities;

• Passed a letter to be sent to the Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission supporting Camp Ravenna to become a missile defense site;

• Will contact Trumbull County 911 regarding radios as officials would like to use available grant money for traditional broadband radios or MARCS radios, which are being used by more communities;

• Approved purchase of chainsaw and other equipment not to exceed $500 and emergency medical supplies at $200 for fire department;

• Accepted the resignation of firefighter Daniel Jaros effective Feb. 15;

• Heard from Zoning Inspector Al Morar he has sent letters to several property owners to get trash and junk vehicles addressed. He informed trustees residents have been responding;

• Set spring cleanup 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 5 and set fall cleanup with shredding and tire collection Sept. 28 and 29.

— Bob Coupland


WHAT: Township trustee meeting Tuesday

PRESENT: Doug Seemann, Ramon French and Mark Webb


• Heard from fire Chief Tom Dempsey that he is in talks with Greene Township on possible extension of the emergency medical service contract Bristol provides to Greene at $1,500 per year. The current six-month agreement was previously extended for six months;

• Announced the historic barbershop and doctor’s office buildings will be dedicated at noon May 26 at township center with an open house set 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The two old buildings were moved from state Route 45 to the center and restored;

• Heard from French that Mike Makes Sign will have an electronic sign installed by late April at township center announcing local events;

• Heard from Webb of concerns of high water and flooding Thursday and Friday off Hyde Shaffer Road following heavy snowfall;

• Appointed Sandra Ash as an alternate to the zoning appeals board;

• Set spring cleanup 8 a.m. to noon May 5 at township garage;

• Rescheduled the next meeting to 7 p.m. March 21.

— Bob Coupland


WHAT: Township trustee meeting Monday

PRESENT: Rex Fee, Brian Bugos and Doug Emerine


• Announced they are having a resolution on guidelines for transient vendors being reviewed by legal advisor Mark Finamore. Fee said there has been concerns from residents, especially elderly, of door-to-door vendors being very aggressive. Officials said many of the vendors are from out of state;

• Heard from residents of Shafer Road concerned about recent flooding. Trustees said the heavy snow Thursday evening created problems after it melted this weekend;

• Will have Police Chief Jeff White look into concerns of residents of Nutwood Avenue of four-wheel drive vehicles making a lot of noise in the area and driving off road;

• Approved Shelley and Sands for the paving of Calla Avenue and Earl Drive with the township paying $48,640 of the $170,337 total project cost;

• Approved Campbell Carpet of Cortland at $4,271 for carpeting installation at the fire department and also $1,200 for paint and supplies for remodeling and improvements. Fee said work is being done on the restrooms, showers, training room, kitchen and other areas;

• Approved firefighter reserve/ paramedic Kevin Bloom at $10 per hour for the first 90 days and then $11 per hour after;

• Set cleanup day in conjunction with the Champion Rotary 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 14. Tire and household items will be collected;

• Announced Fiscal Officer Peggy Mercer’s last day is March 31 after working since October 2002. Mercer will be replaced by Courtney Hatt, who will fill the remainder of Mercer’s term through March 2020;

• Accepted the resignation of police clerk Leah McAllister effective Saturday;

• Announced cemetery cleanup will be held with decorations needing to be removed from markers by April 30.

— Bob Coupland