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Tornado damage to be repaired

Brookfield trustees approve work to be done before winter

BROOKFIELD — Some of the damage from a Father’s Day tornado that hit parts of the township soon will be fixed as township trustees have approved two companies to do needed work before winter.

Trustees at their meeting Monday hired Niles Monument Co. to repair 18 monuments in the cemetery at a total cost of $8,650 with funds to come from a cemetery insurance claim. The tornado went through part of the cemetery near the intersection of state Routes 7 and 82, knocking over many markers.

Also approved was an agreement with Lavolpa Construction of Youngstown to address tornado damage done to the banquet hall at the fire department at $2,200, with funds coming from a banquet hall insurance claim.

Trustees decided to table for review to also have Lavolpa repair the cemetery maintenance building at $4,000. It also was damaged by the tornado.

Trustees have told residents they have been working to get the damage fixed, but had to wait for the insurance claims to be handled.

Also for the cemetery, trustees approved getting a columbarium from Cold Spring Memorials in Minnesota at a cost of $42,690. A colambarium is used to house cremated remains. Trustees have discussed erecting a columbariaum in the cemetery and previously said they would use proceeds from a grant to pay for the structure, along with funds earmarked in the cemetery’s budget.

In other business, several residents expressed concerns to trustees over speeding vehicles, including four-wheelers on the roads, mostly in the Masury area.

Residents on Valley View Drive said they want “Children At Play” signs posted because the residential neighborhood often has speeding vehicles.

Trustee Ron Haun said police do the best they can to crack down on speeders but if they are in one section of the township and an incident happens in another part of the township, it takes time for them to get there.

Haun said residents can help by trying to get license plate numbers if possible and vehicle descriptions.

Also, resident Ron Brennan asked about the status of the fire contract with Hartford because the township provides fire and paramedic service to the neighboring township.

Trustee Dan Suttles said officials are currently in negotiations with Hartford on a new contract.

“You need to re-address the agreement and possibly look at forming a fire district,” Brennan said

Suttles said fire districts are not easy to form and take time because they have to be voted upon by residents in both communities.

In other business, trustees:

• Heard from resident Chris Bray about helping to utilize and promote the township park for a “Rumble in the Park” fundraiser car and motorcycle event next August. Trustees gave their approval for planning the event. Proceeds will be for the township park;

• Heard from road Supervisor Jamie Fredenburg that Bedford Road will not be paved or see improvements until 2020;

• Heard from resident and former trustee Dion Magestro that candidate election signs and garage sale signs should not be allowed on public property;

• Set cemetery cleanup Oct. 15 to 19 for removing decorations;

• Announced a pre-construction meeting with Aqua Ohio set for 9 a.m. Wednesday for new waterline installation on Rose Avenue;

• Hired John Welsh as a seasonal park groundskeeper at $12 per hour effective immediately and ending Nov. 15;

• Hired Ted Smith as a part-time firefighter / paramedic at $12 per hour;

• Announced Safety Day will be 6 p.m. Oct. 30 at the fire department;

• Set trick-or-treat for 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.

bcoupland@tribtoday.com

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