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On the record – Champion

WHAT: Township trustee meetings July 6 and Aug. 3

PRESENT: Doug Emerine, Brian Bugos and Bill Templeton

Trustees:

– Hired by a 2-1 vote Joshua Rudesill as full-time police officer. He previously worked as part-time police chief in Braceville and part-time officer in Champion for three years. Templeton voted against the hire, noting the financial implications of hiring a full-time officer with the economic situation and a pandemic. Officials said his schedule will need to be flexible instead of the usual five-on and two-off shifts typically offered to full-time officers as well as increased risk for layoff. One part-time officer position remains open in the department;

– Heard from police Chief Jeff White who will look into training and body cameras for officers due to the current political climate. White said the FBI has provided options available for online training;

– Accepted the retirement of Joseph Miekle, head mechanic for the road department effective July 31 after 34 years of service. Road Supervisor Michael Rozzo will advertise for the position as well as the opening with the impending retirement of John Osborne, also in the department. Osborne was furloughed due to health concerns over the coronavirus. He has over 30 years with the township;

– Declared the non-MARCS police radios worthless and accepted the donation of $225 for the equipment from Brookfield;

– Declared 155 Marshall, 307 W. Champion and 4822 N. Park as nuisance properties;

– Hired zoning consultant Mark Majewski of Northstar Planning and Design at $1,600 to handle all complaints and inspections of 186 Cleveland St., which is leased to Warren Diesel Performance;

– Approved an IT contract with JED LLC at a rate of $60 per hour during normal business hours and $80 per hour for emergency after-hours support;

– Met in executive session on negotiations for the police contract;

– Sent a letter to the Trumbull County prosecutor to see what items can be covered by federal CARES Act funds prior to expending the remaining money;

– Appointed Dr. Zachary Veres as township doctor;

– Accepted a $2,500 grant from the Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District for township cleanup with the required local match of $1,500.

— Bob Coupland

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