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On the record: Newton Falls

WHAT: Village council meeting Monday

PRESENT: Adam Zimmerman, John Baryak, Lyle Waddell, Sandra Breymaier, Tarry Alberini and Mayor Ken Kline

Council:

• Passed a resolution of appreciation thanking former 1st Ward Councilman Zachary Svette for his service. Svette served more than a year as councilman and resigned in August. Svette served on the planning committee, tax review board and park and recreation committee;

• Presented the “Corridor of the River Award” to Trumbull County Engineer Randy Smith and the county commissioners for working with the village in jointly seeking Ohio Public Works Commission funds for the Scott Street sewer project, which will make the Mahoning River safe from sewage. Village Manager David Lynch said plans are to present the award annually;

• Created the position of security guard at the municipal building annex at $16.50 per hour with two officers rotating on duty;

• Authorized Finance Director Anna Musson to certify the cost of weed and grass removal by the village to the county fiscal officer for collecting money;

• Heard from Alberini of neighborhood watch groups forming and also about adding 25 mph speed limit signs to protect neighborhoods;

• Heard from Kline that officials are looking at ways to hold meetings with more people and still maintain social distancing. Council meetings are limited to 10 people. Kline said he is welcoming suggestions, but noted the meetings can have only 10 people because of coronavirus restrictions;

• Heard from Lynch that SCOPE will provide free services to local residents when they open later this year at the village municipal building after Lordstown closed its SCOPE center this summer.

— Bob Coupland

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