On the record | Howland Township trustees


WHAT: Township trustees meeting Wednesday

PRESENT: Matthew Vansuch and James LaPolla

ABSENT: Rick Clark


• Approved a $48,107.32 payment to Miller-Yount Paving Inc.;

• Approved participation in the Ohio Department of Administrative Services Cooperating Purchasing Program for fiscal year 2020 with a fee of $100;

• Approved the 2020 scrap tire grant program;

• Hired Michael O’Connell as a part-time firefighter / EMT effective Feb. 17. O’Connell will be paid $12.39 per hour with no benefits, scheduled on an as-needed basis;

• Hired Nicholas A. Graf as an EMS / instructor in the Howland Township Fire and EMS training center, effective Feb. 12. Graf will receive $12.50 per hour as a probationary instructor and $18.50 per hour as a lead instructor, with no benefits, scheduled on an as-needed basis;

• Removed five people from the fire department’s part-time employee roster;

• Approved an agreement with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office for debt collection of delinquent ambulance fees and training center class registration fees. The service is at no cost to the township and will not impact the third-party billing practice for township residents;

• Declared 2710 Orchard Ave. a nuisance property. The property owner, who lives out of state, has agreed to pay the township cost of cleanup, according to Township Planning Director Kim Mascarella;

• Heard from Public Works Director David McCann that the township received its new snow plow truck, which was ordered in June. The fleet has nine trucks;

• Heard from Mascarella that a “Howland Winter Warm Up” family event will be 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Old Avalon Golf Course on East Market Street in Warren. The event is expected to be outdoors and will include storytelling, crafts, live music, fire pits, and s’mores and hot cocoa;

• Heard from fire Chief James Pantalone that a “soft opening” for Station 31 in Bolindale is set for March 1. A full opening is expected the following month, pending the hiring of additional staff the department is interviewing;

• Encouraged residents to call the administration building at 330-856-2340 to add their names and addresses to a list showing interest for switching from Niles electric to Ohio Edison.


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