On the record – Girard

WHAT: City council meeting Monday

PRESENT: John Moliterno, Reynald Paolone, Lily Martuccio, Thomas Grumley, Mark Standohar, Mark Ragozine, Fran Wilson and Mayor James Melfi

ABSENT: William Ryser

The board:

• Heard from Grumley council is reviewing materials for Tobacco 21, which is an initiative to increase the age to purchase tobacco and cigarette products from 18 to 21. Jenna Amerine, health educator with the Trumbull County Combined Health District, spoke on the Tobacco 21 initiative, which will let local municipalities decide on whether to increase the age. Grumley said several large cities, such as Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus, have approved it. He said he is not aware of any Trumbull County communities approving it yet;

• Will advertise for bids for the annual street paving program. Standohar said 18 roads are being proposed, but that may change based on available funds;

• Heard from Melfi road conditions are being reviewed since Squaw Creek Drive, Ward Avenue and Highland Avenue have underground natural water that affects them, as does heavy traffic flow;

• Heard from Standohar of reviewing the lawn mowing ordinance because there are problems when weather gets warmer of residents not keeping lawns cut;

• Named Steve Drake as the new fire captain to fill an opening in the fire department with the retirement of Sal Ponzio.