On the record – Liberty

WHAT: Township trustee organizational meeting Monday

PRESENT: Jodi Stoyak, Greg Cizmar and Arnie Clebone

Trustees:

• Named Stoyak chairwoman and Clebone vice chairman;

• Heard from Clebone about seeing if a forum of local communities, such as Liberty, Girard, Howland, Niles, Vienna and others, could come together at meetings to discuss shared services, working together and address similar problems each faces. Stoyak suggested Clebone contact Howland Trustee Jim LaPolla about the Eastgate Council of Governments, a group similar to what he suggested;

• Heard from fire Chief Gus Birch of plans to purchase a new ambulance this year;

• Heard from Fiscal Officer Steve Shelton the Optitraffic cameras usd by police generated $129,000 last year and it was placed in the general fund helping the fund to end $2,000-plus in the black. He said the general fund started 2017 $153,000 in red.

• Reported trustees will meet with Nita Hendricks of the state auditor’s office to see what the township needs to do to get out of fiscal caution;

• Approved contacting the county engineer’s office for an assessment to be done on Sampson Drive because of flooding issues on the road, mostly in the 5300 block;

• Approved Clebone to serve as representative for Howland and Liberty townships on the Trumbull County Land Reutlization Corporation;

• Approved re-appointing Mark Finamore as township law director at $90 per hour and $100 per hour during court time;

• Re-appointed Carole McDonough to the zoning commission and Frank DiRubba to the zoning appeals board, both for five years ending 2022;

• Heard from Clebone about getting business owners in the Belmont Avenue corridor to come together to discuss improvements, enhancements and development to the area;

• Set meetings for 6 p.m. the third Monday of the month and also 11 a.m. the first Thursday of the month, both at the administration building. The next two evening meetings have been changed to Jan. 16 and Feb. 20 because of federal holidays. Trustees said during the summer months, they may change the evening meeting to a different location because of parking.

— Bob Coupland