On the record – Howland, Trumbull County, Warren Township, Warren


WHAT: Township trustee meeting Wednesday

PRESENT: James Lapolla and Matthew Vansuch

ABSENT: Rick Clark


• Approved the lease purchase of a 107-foot Pierce Ladder firetruck from Finley Fire Equipment at $871,000 with a 10-year finance from PNC Bank at a 3.45 percent interest rate;

• Purchased two new dump trucks at $24,000 each through state purchasing to replace two 1998 trucks in the road department

— Bob Coupland

Trumbull County

WHAT: Commissioners’ regular meeting Wednesday

PRESENT: Frank Fuda, Mauro Cantalamessa and Daniel Polivka

The commissioners:

• Approved a consulting services agreement with James T. Elze of LZ Forestree Consulting for services related to the sale of timber from county property, in exchange for 8 percent of any timber sale income;

• Authorized the advertisement of bids for raised pavement markers on the center lines of Warren Sharon Road, State Road and Tibbets Wick Road, which will be 100 percent funded with a Highway Safety Improvement Project federal grant;

• Scheduled a public hearing for the Blueprint Waterline Initiative Project — to bring water to Braceville, Southington, Farmington and West Farmington — 7 p.m. March 29 at Southington Local School, 2482 state Route 534;

• Paid $46,084 in membership dues to the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments;

• Authorized the applications for the 2018 Community Development Block Grant and Community Housing Impact and Preservation programs;

• Designated Basement Outreach Ministries as the receiver of money donated in March by county employees who elect to “dress down” on Mondays;

• Rejected the five bids submitted for work on the Trumbull County Courthouse’s stairs because they all came in over price. The building department will redesign the bid packages and adjust the parameters for a cheaper contract;

• Entered an agreement for $40 per inspection with Ares Electrical Services, of Columbiana, to conduct electrical inspections on an as-needed basis to assist the one inspector in the county building department;

— Renee Fox

Warren Township

WHAT: Trustee meeting Tuesday

PRESENT: Ed Anthony, Kay Anderson and Ryan Yoho


• Accepted the resignation of part-time police officer Mark Flynn, which was effective Jan. 30;

• Heard from Police Chief Don Bishop the Fraternal Order of Police #198 will have Major Productions doing phone solicitation for tickets to support sending handicapped children to a Scrappers game July 9 in Niles. The campaign will begin Monday. Residents who have questions on such calls may contact the police department at 330-898-5588;

• Are continuing negotiations with the local Ohio Patrolmen Benevolent Association, whose contract expired Dec. 31. Anderson said the five full-time officers represented by the union are working under a contract extension through April 1 and a tentative agreement has been reached.

— Bob Coupland


WHAT: City Council meeting Wednesday

PRESENT: Larry Larson, Alford Novak, Mark Forte, Cheryl Saffold, Eugene Mach, Eddie Colbert, Dan Sferra, Helen Rucker and Council President Jim Graham.

ABSENT: John Brown and Ken MacPherson


• Passed legislation allowing the city to apply for the Moving the Community Forward Planning Grant. The federal grant provides funds for projects that integrate transportation and land use planning, which increases transportation options;

• Passed legislation allowing the city to pay Mississippi Lime Co. $4,182 for water department chemicals, Johnson Controls $3,407 for boiler repairs at Packard Music Hall, and Neptune Equipment Co. $34,687 for water meters for the water department;

• Approved the hiring of Marc Morgan for the operation of all adult softball programs in city parks during 2018;

• Passed legislation to apply for a grant through the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School program;

• Passed legislation to enter into a one-year contract for the purchase of liquid emulsion polymer for use in the Water Pollution Control Center;

• Approved the city paying $20,778 to the Trumbull County Transit Board for program year 2017.

• Placed into first reading an ordinance to seek bids for the naming rights of the Warren Community Amphitheater and/or Amphitheater site.

— Raymond L. Smith