Orchids and onions
• ORCHID: To the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library for moving forward, despite the pandemic, on its $9 million expansion plan, involving a 14,800-square-foot, one-story addition to the Mahoning Avenue NW’s south side. The library will be closed for two weeks in March, but the short-term inconvenience will be well-worth the long-term benefit!
• ONION: To Trumbull County Commissioner Niki Frenchko who, despite having her own designated county parking space nearby, recently parked for several hours in a nonparking spot designated for Trumbull County Auto Title Department inspections in front of the county building. Frenchko said she was hauling stuff into her new office but lost track of time. She was ticketed for the infraction. This inspection spot is not intended parking. If Frenchko expects constituents and employees to follow the rules, she must set a better example.
• ORCHID: To five Trumbull County fire departments — Eagle Joint Fire District, Champion, Burghill-Vernon, Orangeville and Weathersfield — for receiving grants valued at between $8,400 and $10,000 each, to help improve their communication efforts during calls. The MARCS grant means much better access to each other and to law enforcement, as well.
• ONION: To criminals who are taking advantage of the pandemic by stealing identities and then using them to file fake unemployment claims. Howland and Austintown police departments are seeing an uptick in identify fraud cases like this. One woman whose ID was stolen said, “I don’t trust anyone anymore.” Sad.
• ORCHID: To Trumbull County commissioners for moving forward on steps to disband the Trumbull County Transit Board. The commissioners finally are acknowledging the transit board no longer is necessary to ensure good public transportation is available for those who need it. Now we just urge them to keep the system moving in the right direction.