On the record – Newton Falls

WHAT: Village council meeting Monday

PRESENT: Joseph Battisti, John Baryak, Mark Stimpert, Phillip Beer, Tarry Alberini and Mayor Lyle Waddell

Council:

• Heard from Beer of council considering offering Village Manager Jack Haney a “one-year floating contract” so he can stay and get some grant projects completed for the village. Beer said Haney has brought in a lot of grant money for various projects in recent years. Council had previously voted 3-2 not to renew Haney’s contract, which ends in November. Baryak said the vote was needed in May or Haney’s contract would have automatically been extended for six months;

• Heard from Stimpert that 85 percent of the mutual aid calls the fire department makes are to Braceville, which also provides reciprocity to the village;

• Will have the village and school district co-host local state representatives, including State Rep. Michael J. O’Brien, D-Warren, 7:30 to 9 a.m. Sept. 18 at Newton Falls High School;

• Heard from Haney local Boy Scout Jonathan Beckner is doing an Eagle Scout project to collect old U.S. flags for a flag retirement ceremony in September. A box will be set up to collect the flags;

• Heard from Haney the mosquito that tested positive for West Nile virus was not exactly at the community center as reported by the Trumbull County Combined Health District, but on township property near the village park;

• Heard from Haney of seeking Ohio Public Works Commission funds for the Maple Street sanitary sewer project, with bids to be opened today. Funds also are being sought for the Ridge Road and Eagle Point sewer separation project;

• Heard a request from Stimpert of getting lights for the veterans park and the falls area installed before Veterans Day;

• Heard from resident Richard Zamecnik of Ridge Road that he is seeking Ohio Nature Works grants for a splash pad;

• Will have Haney provide more detailed reports from the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments meetings;

• Rescheduled the next meeting to 6 p.m. Sept. 4 because of Labor Day. Also set was a budget work session 5 p.m. Sept. 17.

— Bob Coupland

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