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Stauffer thanked for dedication at his final township meeting

April 26, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Pastor Rick Stauffer was the headline for the closing minutes of Monday's Austintown Township meeting. Fellow trustees Ken Carano and Jim Davis, along with Fiscal Officer Laura Wolfe, board members, and all in attendance thanked Stauffer for his years of dedication.

Although it was his final regular township meeting as trustee, Stauffer will maintain the position until April 30. On May 1, Carano and Davis will have 30 days to appoint a person to fill the remaining one and a half years left on Stauffer's term. If they can't agree on a replacement, it will go before a committee selected by Stauffer, who will then have ten days to appoint. If the committee can't agree on one person, the appointment will then fall into the hands of a county judge.

For closing comments, Stauffer said, "I came to Austintown in 2002. It is in my DNA to grow in the community I am planted in."

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Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier

Austintown Township office staff member Katie Guzzo delivers a cake to Rev. Rick Stauffer as all in attendance at Monday's meeting thanked Stauffer for his service and wished him well at his final meeting as trustee.

He said he will take with him the memories of having a part in the Woodside Community Gardens and the Senior Center. He said he will miss Austintown, but he will only be across the border in Sharon, Pennsylvania.

"I am heading to Sharon to be a pastor," he said. "I am not planning to run for election there, at least not right away."

Davis issued a proclamation to Stauffer for his dedication and his years of service to the community. Carano then issued him a Fitch Falcon jersey with his name on it.

After the meeting was closed, everyone stayed around for cake and to wish Stauffer the best.

In other business:

Carano stated he wants to see everyone in Austintown head to the voting polls on May 8. He said the higher percentage of people voting helps the township when it comes to working with the state. Both Carano and Davis also asked residents to pass the police levy.

"The police need the funds," he said. "When we give them the funds [through the tax levy] it frees up the general fund and allows us to pave more roads."

Resident Pete Morabito addressed the trustees to request South Timberidge be placed on the paving list. He said the whole street doesn't need it, only a section. He said he moved there is 1989 and the street has never been resurfaced.

Township Administrator Mike Dockry stated the street cleaning is beginning and will start with the southeast quadrant, then southwest, northwest, and finish up with the northeast in that order.

 
 

 

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