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Successful Fourth receives praise

July 13, 2017
Town Crier

The Austintown Fourth of July was officially a wrap at Monday's Township meeting. Final checks were presented and trustees praised the efforts of an army of volunteers.

"I just want to thank the entire community," said Trustee Jim Davis. "It was one [heck] of a week as we celebrated here in Austintown."

He said it started with the 90-plus piccolo players at the Canfield Community Bands concert, then went to the car show with over 150 entries at Hollywood Casino. Ken Cooley from the band and Mark Cole, who put together the car show, were thanked for their efforts.

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Austintown Generational Enrichment Board member Mark Cole thanks Fitch Robotics Team leader Rick Zimmerman and assistant Mike Mellott for the work the Fitch Robotics students did in collecting donations at the Party on the Plaza prior to the annual fireworks display. The check was for $854.96, which will help the team as they compete in various robotics tournaments in the coming year.

At the Austintown Plaza, Davis said the crowd broke the 10,000 mark and the fireworks were top notch.

"I guess we will be having Colonial Fireworks back again," Davis said. "They did a fantastic job."

Davis went on to credit Joyce Pogany for another great ecumenical service at the Austin Log Cabin.

The final kudos went out to Bruce Sheppas and the great work he did with the Fourth of July Parade. Davis mentioned there was a 300 percent increase in the number of decorated floats to be judged. At the meeting the checks for the three winners were handed out. The Idora Park float won best non-commercial, Country Gypsy Company and Broken Arrow won best commercial float, and Motor Mafia won the best overall float.

Resident Sam Swogger said the fireworks were so good that only Disney could have outdone them.

Police Chief Bob Gavalier mentioned he had a cameraman in a vehicle ask if he could drive the parade route. He was denied, but he told Gavalier he was from ESPN and they were filming parades from around the nation.

Moving on to township business, trustees approved a motion to award the 2017 road resurfacing contract to Butch and McCree Paving, as the low bidder of $130.86 per cubic yard of asphalt for roughly 4.075 cubic yards and grinding at $14,150 per day for approximately 45,267 square feet and $.85 per square foot for asphalt and grinding of parking lots. Road Department Head Mike Dockry said parking lots were calculated different that roadways, thus the separated bid motion.

Dockry said the state road salt purchasing agreement came in at $31.50 per ton, which is $5 per ton cheaper that last year.

Park Superintendent Todd Shaffer said this week there will be two concerts in Austintown Township Park. He said a second concert is scheduled for Friday (July 14) as Train Wreck takes the open air stage for a free evening concert.

Trustees also approved a motion to approve a property lease agreement with the Mahoning County Solid Waste Management District for $15,000, which is the contract for recycle bins.

During public presentation, Steve Terlecky complained about the amount of texting while driving going on in the township. He also was concerned over residents who were setting off fireworks a week prior to and a week after the Fourth of July.

Gavalier said on the texting, it is a secondary offense and the township has to follow state law. He said there is talk of changing it in Columbus to make it a primary offense, but that has not happened yet.

On the fireworks, Gavalier said his department gets 40 to 50 calls a night and normally they are put on the back burner when there are more serious calls to handle.



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