WHAT: Bristol Board of Education meeting on Wednesday
PRESENT: Dennie Lenney, John Hickey, Don Mickel and Scott Chapman
ABSENT: Kathie Johnson
Reported the district will make up three calamity days June 2 to 4 after having to use eight calamity days this winter. School districts are given a maximum of five days they do not need to make up for severe weather. Lenney said the board approved a calendar that included make-up dates the first week in June if needed. Like other districts, officials were seeing what the state would allow beyond five days;
Approved being able to use the Ashtabula County substitute list for filling in for employees if needed. Lenney said the district uses Trumbull County's list first;
Approved Barbara Cibella as head girls varsity soccer coach; Sean McLaren as head boys varsity soccer coach; Kristie Woods as junior high volleyball coach; Brooke Anderson as junior high girls track coach; Mark Mollohan as junior high boys track coach; and Bill McCartney as a baseball coach;
Reported a mural of a school crest symbol was completed by art students in the cafeteria.
- Bob Coupland
What: Howland Township trustees regular meeting Wednesday
Present: Matt VanSuch and Jim LaPolla
Absent: Rick Clark
Purchased a $104,000 ambulance for the fire department to replace a 2008 vehicle. Farmers National Bank approved financing for $90,000 at 2.75 percent interest;
Accepted the resignation of part-time firefighter Jaci Greaver;
Heard from LaPolla of a township wellness committee and that anyone interested in serving on the committee can contact him;
Declared May as Motorcycle Awareness Month, and asked that residents watch for motorcyclists on the roadways.
- Bob Coupland
WHAT: Trumbull County commissioners regular weekly meeting Wednesday. This week, the meeting was held at Fairhaven School in Niles
PRESENT: Frank Fuda, Paul Heltzel and Dan Polivka
Selected MS Consultants Inc. of Youngstown to engineer and do construction inspection on Phase III of the Western Reserve Greenway bike trail through Trumbull County. This third part of the trail is a 2.5-mile section between North River Road and Champion Avenue East.
Adopted a resolution that proclaims March 2014 as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in the county. This year's theme is ''Recognize Ability at Work.''
- Ron Selak Jr.
WHAT: Warren City Council regular meeting Wednesday evening in the council chambers
PRESENT: Council members Larry Larson, Alford Novak, John Brown, Greg Bartholomew, Vince Flask, Cheryl Saffold, Eddie Colbert, James Valesky, Dan Sferra, Helen Rucker and Council President James Graham
Passed an ordinance allowing the Ohio Department of Transportation to do spot paving on state Route 82 within the city limits during fiscal year 2015;
Passed an ordinance increasing the wage of the council clerk position to $3,848.28 per month in 2014 and to $3,906.11 in 2015. The ordinance also increases the wage of the deputy clerk of council position to $3,232.64 in 2014 and to $3,281.14 in 2015. The deputy council clerk's position is not filled;
Passed a resolution supporting the May 2014 ballot issue which authorizes the renewal of the sale of bonds by the state to fund the State Capital Improvement program. It encourages residents to vote for the renewal during the election;
Passed an ordinance implementing the collective bargaining agreement between the city and the Ohio Patrolman's Benevolent Association for rank officers, providing them annual 1.5 percent wage increases and allowing members to pay a portion of their health care premiums. It is similar to other contracts approved by council earlier this year;
Authorized the city to enter into contract with Marc Morgan to coordinate and operate all adult softball programs in city parks during 2014. The city's board of control must vote to finalize the contract.
- Raymond L. Smith
WHAT: Weathersfield Township trustee meeting on Tuesday
PRESENT: Gil Blair, Marvin McBride and Steve Gerberry
Approved settling a property damage claim related to the West Park fire station parking lot in the amount of $1,000 with Allied Waste / Republic Services. Blair said an Allied Waste truck caught fire and was brought to the parking lot;
Requested the county sanitary engineer's office to submit a community development block grant for the proposed Heaton Chute sanitary project in the township. The funding will help the office secure additional grant funding that will be available for the project;
Directed Fiscal Officer Fred Bobovnyk to place liens against properties at 2185 Gardenland Ave. and 612 McDonald Ave. in an effort to be reimbursed the costs of demolition. Blair said the demolitions were part of Moving Ohio Forward program;
Heard from resident Mary Wick of updating of records and improvements at the Welsh Hill Cemetery off Countyline Road;
Approved the sale of a Ford F-550 dump truck and plow to the county engineer's office at $58,513 and also a Dura Patcher machine to the county in exchange for $17,500 in labor and $17,500 in materials;
Reported the Oakview drainage project will begin this spring with funds awarded for the Warner Road project;
Announced the Flag Festival will be held June 12 to 15, and include musical entertainment, food and fireworks;
Set spring cleanup for May 5 to 9;
Proclaimed May as ''Motorcycle Awareness Month'' asking motorists to be aware of those riding motorcycles;
Approved an agreement with the county engineer for the township assistance program for collaborative efforts on projects;
Accepted donations of four laptop computers from Lenovo Corp.which were recovered as evidence by the police department;
Accepted a donation of fire hose from Boardman for the fire department;
Announced the Mineral Ridge Historical Society at 6 p.m. May 1 at the township hall.
- Bob Coupland