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Vienna marks project’s end

Will aid cemetery, fire department and recycling area

Staff photo / Bob Coupland Vienna Township Trustee Chairman Rich Dascenzo said a newly installed marker completes a two-year project that includes a new cemetery chapel. The project created a new entrance to the cemetery off state Route 193, expanded the paved parking lot at the fire station and paid for a better, fenced-in recycling area on pavement. Inheritance tax money from residents who passed away in recent years paid for the project.

VIENNA — The final piece of a large project that incorporated the cemetery, recycling center and fire department — a marker by the new cemetery chapel — was dedicated.

Vienna Trustee Chairman Richard Dascenzo said the project was completed in phases over the past two years.

“We have worked on the project in the past two years and finished it with a marker placed by the new cemetery chapel,” he said.

The first part was making the recycling center behind the fire department larger and fencing it in to make it more aesthetically pleasing, Dascenzo said.

The former recycling center had one or two bins in a gravel area and out in the open. It was made into a larger area with six large recycling containers provided by the Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District, enclosed by a large white vinyl fence.

“The area was fenced in so it will not be seen at the fire department or cemetery. Before the dumpsters were sitting out in the open. There is also 24-hour security cameras there to make sure people are only placing recyclable items and not dumping garbage there,” he said.

Dascenzo said signs stating what is accepted are posted at the recycling center. Each container accepts a variety of recyclable items.

“If they are dumping what they are not supposed to, we will find them and have them correct the problem or contact the prosecutor,” Dascenzo said.

He said the paved area makes it easier for people to get to and from the recycling center.

Dascenzo said the paving of the area also benefited the fire department, which has more parking spaces now and offers more room for outside fire and paramedic training.

“The fire station is one of the most used buildings in the township, with events such as the chili cookoff and soccer and baseball signups,” he said. “Many surrounding communities come here and use the facility as a central Trumbull County fire training center.”

The recycling center, fencing, paving, parking lot and security cameras cost $60,000, Dascenzo said.

He said the former cemetery entrance by the recycling center was taken out. An new entrance off state Route 193, near the road department, was created and is located by the new chapel, where funerals can be held and people can stay out of the rain.

“This project has been done in steps. The new entrance off Route 193 is much more convenient for people needing to get to the cemetery,” he said.

The township removed a house from the property.

That project cost nearly $100,000. It was paid for with inheritance tax money collected when local residents passed away in recent years.

“We are all happy to have it completed so that it can be utilized by residents of the community. There was a lot of work done for different projects,” Heidi Brown, township trustee, said.

Dascenzo said he and the other two trustees have plans and ideas to further improve the township in the future.

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