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Howland boardwalk to get $22,000 in ARP funds for face-lift

HOWLAND — The township park’s deteriorating boardwalk will get a nearly $22,000 face-lift thanks to American Rescue Plan funds.

Township trustees approved spending $21,900 to restore the boardwalk to its “near original condition,” Trustee Rick Clark said.

Installed around 2008, the boardwalk and its railing have become worn over time. It is located in the wetlands behind the park’s baseball fields in an area that is hard to monitor and also has been noticeably vandalized.

“We’re only going to do this once,” Clark said. “If it falls prey to vandalism again, we’ll take it out.”

Clark said there has been discussion about putting cameras near the boardwalk to discourage vandals, but no concrete decisions have been made.

Clark said trustees get comments about the boardwalk “quite often,” and that it was a popular feature of the park when it was in good condition.

KenKo Construction, which offered the lowest and best bid, will complete the repairs, Clark said. The township received one other bid and had several construction companies that chose not to bid on the project.

In other township business, trustees Clark, James LaPolla and Matthew Vansuch at their meeting this week welcomed Raymond O. Pace as the fire department’s new assistant fire chief, starting Aug. 16.

Assistant fire Chief James Sapp will retire next week after serving with the Howland Fire Department for seven years following more than 20 years in Youngstown.

Pace was promoted from within the Howland Fire Department and started in fire service at the age of 17, according to Clark.

Pace will serve as both the assistant fire chief and the operations director of the Howland Training Center. He will receive $38.05 per hour, four weeks’ vacation and an $1,125 annual uniform maintenance allowance in addition to insurance benefits and sick leave.

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