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Brookfield, others looking into JEDD

BROOKFIELD — Officials from Brookfield, Hubbard city and Hubbard Township have been meeting with representatives of the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber on what would be involved in establishing a Joint Economic Development District committee.

Brookfield Trustee Chairman Gary Lees said at this week’s trustees meeting that state Rep. Gil Blair, D-Weathersfield, offered to provide any help with the discussions for a JEDD, which is when one or more municipalities and a township agree to work together to develop township land for commercial or industrial purposes.

Lees said incoming Hubbard Mayor Ben Kyle and Hubbard Trustee Fred Hanley have been involved in the discussions with Nick Santucci from the chamber.

Lees said the idea for a JEDD will be looked at further in 2020.

He said other projects to be looked at next year include seeking any available grants and revenue for the removal of the Coalburg Lake dam. Liability issues with the dam forced the Trumbull County MetroParks Board to give up the idea of turning it into a county park.

The 356-acre property includes an 80-acre lake with the dam.

Trustees also plan to meet with Beth Carmichael of the Trumbull County Tourism Bureau on developing the state Route 7 corridor for tourism; meet with the Brookfield Schools on sharing funds for having a school resource officer; and meet with Blair on what is involved for a water recycling facility because of concerns about gas wells in the area.

In other business, trustees:

l Are continuing negotiations with the fire department staff on their next contract. The current contract expires Dec. 31;

l Hired Derek Hollander and Jeff Mussig as part-time firefighters / paramedics at $12 per hour; and Jacob Giuriceo and Paul Tobin as part-time firefighters / emergency medical technicians at $10.15 per hour;

l Are seeking volunteers to help drive the senior citizen van.

bcoupland@tribtoday.com

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