Newton officials review options for township’s comprehensive plan

NEWTON TOWNSHIP — Township officials are reviewing options for getting the first comprehensive plan completed for the township.

Trustee Chairman John Nemet said trustees heard from Michael Hripko, vice president of research at Youngstown State University, who explained what services could be provided to create a plan for the township. Nemet said officials would like to have a plan in place to help prepare the community for the next five to 15 years.

“We want to get a community vision to see where residents want the township to be in the future. The plan will help with future growth and development and a program for roads,” Nemet said.

He said the township has never had its own comprehensive plan, but was included in a western Trumbull plan for several communities completed 10 years ago.

Trustees are looking at whether to use services of YSU or the Trumbull County Planning Commission.

“We are looking at the best avenue to take for the township,” he said.

Trustees have scheduled a special meeting at noon May 26 to make a decision on options for the plan. At the meeting, trustees also will discuss hiring Newton Falls High School Ohio Work Education students for work in the summer and discuss a cemetery levy that is up for renewal in November.

In other business at Monday’s meeting, trustees:

• Approved purchase of fire extinquishers, smoke detectors and signs for $750 from Warren Fire Equipment;

• Approved new Zoning Inspector Nick Roberts as a member of the Trumbull Zoning Inspector Association;

• Approved zoning board members and zoning secretary Susan Montgomery to attend a zoning conference June 8 in Conneaut.