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Howland trustees sell piece of land

HOWLAND — Township trustees have approved the sale of a small piece of land previously donated to the township to a local resident for $2,660.

Township Administrator Darlene St. George said last week that the small lot is not buildable because it has a wetland area on it.

She said the property was puchased by VillWock 5 LLC. A local resident whose 67 acres abut the parcel purchased it to add to his land. St. George said by doing this, the land will stay on the tax rolls.

Trustee Chairman Matthew Vansuch said the property is off Deer Creek Lane. He said state statutes allow the township to do this while other properties the township owns are restricted by Clean Ohio funds. Vansuch said the township had no plans for the parcel and there was no reason to hold on to it and pay the taxes on it.

St. George said the previous owner of the parcel gave it to the township because it was not a buildable lot.

“There is not enough land on the parcel to build on it,” she said.

Also last week, trustees received an additional $110,776 in CARES Act relief funds for coronavirus expenses in addition to the previous $223,000 the township already received.

St. George said the additional funds will help the township with new expenses that may occur as the pandemic continues.

“We want to be prepared in case the situation with the coronavirus gets worse again,” she said.

She said COVID money has been used to help township departments with hand sanitizing stations, touchless restrooms and upgrading showers at the police department, and power cots, personal protective equipment, automated CPR machine, and equipment to sanitize ambulances for fire department. Funds were also used for IT services such as equipment for virtual teleconferences.

In another matter, Planning

Director Kim Mascarella said the township is working with volunteers from Trumbull Art Gallery and community members to decorate and paint the two crosswalks by Howland Middle School. She said the township received a grant from Healthy Community Partnership last year, and Youngstown State University students designed crosswalk cutout stencils for the project.

She said the project, with work days to be scheduled, will be done by Thanksgiving. Mascarella said the crosswalks will be the Howland colors as a way to bring awareness to safety of people using the crosswalk.

“This project will help make the crosswalks more visible,” Mascarella said.

bcoupland@tribtoday.com

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