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Trustees hear good news on Westchester

August 31, 2017
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Austintown Township Administrator Mike Dockry gave trustees some good news at the Aug. 28 meeting. He reported the repair work to Westchester Drive has been completed.

"We did a 100-foot repair to Westchester," he said. "I hope this works."

He said a drainage system was added to take away any water that may build under the roadway. In the past, water got under the asphalt and caused the road to buckle. The new drainage system is expected to solve the problem.

Dockry said no one will know for sure until a good rain comes along. He said if the problems continue, the township will continue to explore other options.

Senior Center Director Jim Henshaw reported a lot of the center's members have been saying how nice the road is now with the bumps all repaired.

On a different matter, police Chief Bob Gavalier said his department is well schooled in active shooter training and are ready to offer it to local businesses and churches.

"Some local businesses in our area are required to have the training," Gavalier said. "We are offering it for free to area businesses."

He said anyone who would like to schedule the training could call the department for a time and date.

Gavalier and Zoning Inspector Darren Crivelli asked the trustees to hold off on granting a transfer permit to Zodiac Club Lounge and Grill, 169 S. Four Mile Run Road until further investigation of the request. Trustees agreed to hold the issue until the next meeting.

Crivelli also mentioned the upcoming political season and what candidates should know about signage.

"Keep political signs 12 feet back from the road and don't place them in the devil strip," he said. "We will remove them and hold them at Township Hall or the zoning office. We will not discard them right away."

He also asked that candidates pick up their signage within seven days after the election.

In other business:

Trustees approved 19 nuisance properties for mostly tall grass or junk and debris.

Trustees approved an agreement with Future Energy Solutions to improve the lighting in township buildings that will save $1,924 to $2,236 per month by switching to LEDs. The township would pay Future Energy Solutions $1,677.17 per month for the service.

Approval was given to transfer $23,000 to the park budget to cover the cost of paving the 9-11 Memorial Park parking lot. Half the cost will be reimbursed by the school district.

Henshaw told those present to check out fair displays as a good number of senior center members have entered wine and art.

Trustee Jim Davis praised Austintown resident Cody O'Connell on setting up a Little Free Library in his front yard. Davis referred to the story on Cody that appeared in the Aug. 24 Austintown Town Crier.



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