Weathersfield set to move forward with community center

WEATHERSFIELD — Township trustees have approved a contract with Engineering Direct LLC of Columbiana to create architectural and engineering designs for a planned community center to be located in the park off Route 46.

Township Trustee Chairman Steve Gerberry said the agreement is at a cost not to exceed $25,000 with the plans to be used to help the township secure design and build proposals for the project.

“We want to get this started,” he said.

Trustees for the past year have discussed the project and say they are hoping to have work begin this year on the $500,000 community center, which will include a meeting room for community events, a library and multi-jurisdictional training classes for police departments.

Trustee Gil Blair has said the project has secured $150,000 in state funds toward the building to be located at the former middle school site, which is now used by the township as a park.

Township Administrator David Rouan said last year the township had about $200,000 — mostly in grants — already raised for the building that would be used not only by law enforcement but also for community purposes.

Officials said a goal is to have the building completed within two years.

Blair said the township received word the state is providing $150,000 from the capital budget after local officials went last summer with the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber to Washington, D.C.

The building would have a main area for classrooms as well as a stage.

In other matters, trustees:

• Promoted police officer George Antonell from sergeant to lieutenant and Daniel Lowery from patrol officer to sergeant, both effective May 13;

• Donated $100 to the Girard American Legion and $300 to the Mineral Ridge VFW Post 4192 for Memorial Day ceremonies and to prepare the decorations of veterans’ graves at cemeteries. They also donated $100 to the Mineral Ridge Firemen’s Association to pay for flags for firefighter graves;

• Announced a Memorial Day ceremony 2 p.m. May 27 at Kerr Cemetery;

• Approved Rouan to proceed with the township-wide sealing program on 38 roads, which is over nine miles, to be performed by the county engineer’s office. Work will be done this summer;

• Heard from the fire department association, which donated a thermal imaging camera for use by firefighters;

• Heard from police officials who will be partnering with AAA and Jesy’s Dairy Cove to promote bike safety for children via a Helmet Smart Campaign. Gerberry said children seen by police wearing helmets will receive ice cream coupons;

• Entered into a software license agreement at $600 for one year with Affidavit Maker Software LLC of Springfield. The software is utilized by the police department for filing criminal charges with Niles Municipal Court;

• Announced the annual Flag Day Festival will be held June 13 to 15 with parade at 6 p.m. June 14;

• Announced the residential tree limb chipping program will be held each Friday to Oct. 25. For limb pickup, call the township hall by Thursday to be placed on the list.