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Howland Township buildings to close

HOWLAND — Howland Township buildings will close to the public starting Wednesday, in response to a recommendation from the federal government to continue practicing social distancing through April 30.

The buildings are expected to be opened to the public again May 1, according to township Administrator Darlene St. George.

“I guess the month of April is going to prove critical in how we keep each other safe,” St. George said.

St. George said direct lines and emails for township officials and department heads will be available on the township website, www.howlandtown ship.org. Phones will not be answered, but messages will forward to employees’ e-mails so they can return all messages in a timely manner while working remotely.

The post office on Niles Cortland Road also will be closed for the month, though the bottom floor will remain open for those with post office boxes to check their mail.

St. George said that township fire, EMS and police personnel will continue working 24 / 7 to keep the township safe. The public works department, now riding one person to a truck, will continue to work its regular hours Monday through Friday.

St. George said fire Chief James Pantalone and police Chief Nick Roberts will be posting videos to the township website to keep residents up-to-date with accurate information concerning the virus in Trumbull County.

The winter farmers market continues as an outdoor drive-up operation, according to St. George. Further decisions about the market will be made as the situation changes going forward.

Limb and branch pickup originally scheduled to begin April 20 has been postponed until May. It is expected to begin May 4.

St. George said she is doubtful the township will have its annual Fourth of July celebration this year.

“It might be too soon to encourage thousands of people to get together. Under the circumstances we have to look out for the safety of everyone.”

Meeting on Friday, the township trustees:

∫ Approved 1556 North River Road as an economic development project and signed a transfer for the property. The project, which is for a restaurant operated by Ray and F, LLC, is expected to create four full-time jobs and four part-time jobs. It is estimated it will generate a tax revenue of $475,000, a local investment of $205,000 and $4,000 in annual property taxes;

∫ Scheduled the next regular trustees meeting for 6 p.m. April 22. Department heads likely will attend the meeting by telephone and anyone from the public in attendance is expected to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet.

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