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On the record – Brookfield

WHAT: Brookfield Township trustees meetings July 23 and Aug. 3

PRESENT: Dan Suttles, Ron Haun and Gary Lees

Trustees:

– Hired Zaniesha Clay and Clayton Burrows as full-time police officers, which increased the number of full-time officers from nine to 10;

– Hired Ronald Reed as volunteer firefighter / EMT basic; David Hoffman as part-time firefighter / EMT basic; Jacob Pyatt as part-time firefighter / EMT; Sean Guy as a firefighter/ EMT basic; and James Williamson as full-time fire captain;

– Approved an agreement with Aspen Energy, broker for AEP, to extend for another year, starting March 2021, electrical aggregation service to the township;

– Had $8,000 worth of repairs made to the street sweeper, which the township bought for $60,000 and which becomes the second vehicle with an older street sweeper also in use;

– Reported there is a new senior citizen van, which is not in operation due to the coronavirus pandemic;

– Accepted the resignation of part-time firefighter Trevor Willoughby, who is moving out of state;

– Heard from Suttles firefighters are undergoing training on use of the MARCS (Multi-Agency Radio Communication System) radios;

– Praised township safety forces on how they have been able to work and handle themselves serving the public during the pandemic;

– Discussed Addison Road, which is partly a dirt road, which be will need to be graded first before being oiled. The work is set for this month;

– Received $125,186 in CARES Act funding to be used for purchasing coronavirus-related items for the township;

– Heard that Property Code Enforcement Officer Pete Ross is checking with legal counsel regarding the exterior property maintenance code guidelines that auto scrap yards must follow because there is no zoning in the township;

– Heard from Suttles of plans to hold outdoor meetings or Facebook live meetings for residents to ask questions and make comments on township issues;

– Reported the Masury area neighborhood revitalization project of $860,000 covered by a grant, which includes storm sewers, has been delayed like most other projects due to the pandemic. Suttles said the project needs to be completed before December 2021;

– Announced the township park is open, but the playground area will remains closed;

– Extended an agreement to provide police protection for Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority for 2020-21;

– Approved the transfer of 138 hours of sick time for full-time police officer John Bizub, who previously had worked at Eastern District Court, from where he resigned;

– Heard from Lees that the Trumbull Council of Governments has discussed communities having a mutual sharing and borrowing of equipment and vehicles to help save costs;

– Discussed what road work will be done this year, including partial paving of roads and hot patch work, because the Trumbull County Engineer’s Office is behind on some projects due to to the pandemic. Officials said they will see what roads may be paved;

– Have reached tentative agreements for new contracts with the police, fire and road departments;

– Received a $2,323 Go Green grant from Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District for cleaning up neighborhoods;

– Reported Command Grade Website is updating the township website to make it easier to access and use.

— Bob Coupland

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