FirstEnergy submits site plan for service building

NORTH JACKSON — A potential $1 million project by FirstEnergy could be coming to the township in the near future.

Bill D’Avignon, zoning inspector, said at Tuesday’s trustees meeting that FirstEnergy recently submitted a generalized site plan for a 14,658-square-foot service building on Bailey Court.

“It looks like that’s where FirstEnergy will be servicing their fleet vehicles, “ he said. “I just found out about this project about 30 days ago.”

The building plans are being reviewed and engineers are checking storm plans, D’Avignon said. He noted there is no way of knowing yet how many new jobs will be available to the community.

Once Mahoning County officials approve the storm water plans, FirstEnergy would get a building permit. Next, the company would get a zoning permit from Jackson Township.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, fiscal officer Judy Patton swore in Tom Moran as a new reserve police officer.

“As a reserve officer, Moran will put in 20 hours per month of training,” said police Chief Greg J. Taillon. “Once he completes that, he’ll fill in for part- and full-time officers, at which time he’ll receive a salary.”

Moran, who resides in Austintown, graduated from the Youngstown State University Police Academy in 2017. He worked for the Ravenna Police Department for a year. Jackson employs five full-time and 11 part-time officers, according to Taillon.

In other police news, Taillon said 22 arrests, including 15 felonies and seven misdemeanors, were made since the last meeting July 16. He said most of the felonies were related to drugs, guns and domestic violence. In one instance, a domestic violence incident resulted in sexual assault.

“We did have a lot of arrests, but all of them had to do with nonresident individuals or transients. There were numerous situations where officers were put in dangerous situations,” Taillon said.

Trustees passed a motion to purchase more “no parking” signs for Youngstown Commerce Park.

Jackson Township fire Chief Dave Graham reported the fire department received a new firetruck, thanks to the passage of a levy. Trustees also discussed selling the old firetruck.

“I don’t think it will bring in much money,” Graham said.

It was decided to sell it for $3,500, with a $3,000 minimum.

“We’ll put it up for sale in September,” Patton said.

There will be a “touch a truck” event 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 21 on the Jackson-Milton football field.

The next meeting will be 6 p.m. Sept. 17.