Weathersfield to build police training center

WEATHERSFIELD — Township officials say they are hoping to have work begin this year on a $500,000 multi-jurisdictional training center for police departments.

Trustee Gil Blair said at this week’s trustees meeting the project has secured $150,000 in state funds toward the building to be located off state Route 46 at the former middle school site that is now used by the township as a park.

He said trustees should know in a few months the official start date for construction.

“The building is still being planned. We are hoping to get something started this year,” Blair said, noting the complex would house classes and training for different police departments.

Township Administrator David Rouan said last year the township has about $200,000 — mostly in grants — already raised for the building that would be used not only by law enforcement but also for community purposes.

Officials said a goal is to have the building completed within two years.

Blair said the township received word the state is providing $150,000 from the capital budget after local officials went last summer with the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber to Washington, D.C.

The building would have a main area for classrooms as well as a stage.

Rouan has said the building is part of discussions on shared services with other communities such as Niles and McDonald. The township already shares a prisoner transportation vehicle with Niles.

In other matters, trustees reminded residents to help safety and emergency vehicles by making sure their house numbers are clearly displayed on the front of their home.

Officials said this helps safety forces easily identify their location when responding to an emergency.

In other business, trustees:

• Named Steve Gerberry as trustee chairman and Marvin McBride as vice chairman;

• Recognized Steve Badurik of Badurik’s Butcher Block in Mineral Ridge for their 10th anniversary of being in business;

• Recognized Joseph Hendry for his years of service on the zoning commission and who trustees said was known as “The Mayor of McKinley Heights” due to close interaction with the residents of that area of the township;

• Announced a real estate auction for the Warren Depot property off Niles-Warren Road is set for Feb. 20;

• Passed a resolution supporting a new credit card policy developed by the Ohio Township Association to ensure compliance with current statutory requirements;

• Set meetings for 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month with open forum at 6:15 p.m. Work sessions are 7 a.m. each Thursday except for caucus at 7 a.m. Thursdays two weeks prior to the monthly meeting.