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On the record: Bazetta

WHAT: Township trustees meeting Tuesday

PRESENT: Mike Hovis, Bob McBride and Mike Morelli

Trustees:

• Gave final reading for placing a 1.5-mill, five-year fire renewal levy to generate $193,008 per year and a 2-mill five-year fire renewal levy to generate $295,853 per year on the Nov. 8 ballot. Fire Chief Tom Rink said the funds are used for day-to-day operations and needs in the department, which has a chief, 10 full-time staff, three part-time and 10 part-time on the rolls;

• Hired Rich Urchek as a part-time police secretary / clerk effective Aug. 7 at $11 per hour on an as-needed basis. He will be paid $12 per hour after one year and $13 per hour after two years. Urchek also was approved as zoning secretary for zoning commission and zoning board of appeals on an as-needed basis at the same rate of pay;

• Heard from zoning inspector Pete Pizzulo that a bid was received for the Bazetta Mall off Hoagland Blackstub Road and he will check to see if it was accepted. Pizzulo said he will check with the courts on the matter because it was a private sale and then will let the owner of the property know what needs to be done to be compliant with zoning;

• Heard from Pizzulo the Church at Warren will need to have a zoning change for a small parcel on the site used for commercial purposes as a shop since it is zoned residential. The church has a land contract for a business to use that parcel;

• Appointed Ted Webb to the zoning board of appeals for an open position through December 2023 and Dean Noble as an alternate to the zoning board of appeals and zoning commission;

• Approved sale of a 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis on govdeals.com that no longer is needed by the police department;

• Heard from road supervisor Chris Parke that Burnett Drive paving will begin around Aug. 22;

• Heard from Morelli of plans by the park board to meet with Jason Lee, naturalist at Mosquito Lake State Park, for hosting events such as walking tours along the trails in the township.

— Bob Coupland

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