BRACEVILLE - Redheaded woodpeckers and four-toed salamanders are just some of the Ohio species found on a 142-acre area in the township that the Western Reserve Land Conservatory wants to protect.
Township trustees by a 2-1 vote on Tuesday approved supporting the Eagle Creek wetlands protection project and the conservatory's application to the Ohio Public Works Commission for funding for the effort.
Trustees said the conservatory plans to apply for Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation Program funds to acquire the area, which includes 54 acres of prime wetland serving as a nesting, resting and feeding area for migratory waterfowl, a breeding habitat for redheaded woodpeckers and a growing location for Eastern Straw hedge and sphagnum moss hummucks.
Officials said the effort will also protect 4,877 linear feet of Eagle Creek, a tributary that flows from the Mahoning River.
Trustee Chairman Todd Brewster said the area is located off Nelson Mosier Road.
He said the long-term goal of the project is for the conservatory to get the funding to acquire the property so it cannot be used for any building development or possibly be turned over to the Trumbull Metroparks.
Township trustees also:
l Approved five new sets of benches and tables for the township park at $200 for lumber, materials;
l Announced chip and seal work will be done on sections of Nelson Mosier Road, Phalanx Herner Road and Oviatt Road;
l Approved $300 for a fire burn tower for firefighter training class;
l Approved a firefighter cadet program in the fire department pending approval by legal counsel. Applicants must be ages 16 to 18 with free training offered. Call 330-872-5892
Trustee Dennis Kuchta cast the ''no'' vote, questioning taxpayer money being involved.
In other business, trustees are still in talks with Newton Falls officials for a proposed joint economic development district.
Trustee Aaron Young said money would be needed to get the JEDD started and operated as well as a five-member board established to oversee it.
''The city and township will be able to benefit financially from this. We are still investigating the parameters of the JEDD. We don't have an area yet,'' he said.
Young said the board would include two representatives from the city and two from the township with the fifth seat to alternate each year with a representative one year from the city and the next from the township. Officials said funding would be sought. Kuchta said money would need to be set aside for infrastructure and utilities for the JEDD in order to make it work. Officials are currently reviewing how the property and income tax of the JEDD would be shared between the two communities.