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Trustees and residents speak on police levy

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

Both the trustees and residents attending Monday afternoon's township meeting spoke in support of the 3.2 mill police levy that will be on the November ballot. Some residents were able to get signs for their lawn to show support, but the signs were different than most election signage.

The signs simply said "We Support Our Police" and had an Austintown Police badge in the center. There was no mention of a levy, which trustee Jim Davis said was done on purpose.

"Residents support our police," Davis said, "So these signs can stay up all year long."

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Resident Eric Newton spoke at Monday's Austintown Township meeting in support of the police levy that will be on the November ballot. He was among several residents that picked up a sign that could be used year round.

Trustee Ken Carano said there was no township money that went towards the signs. The signs were printed through private donations. As for the levy funds going to the police department, Carano said the township has been set up so each department has its own funds. When a police levy is on the ballot, those funds go to the police department.

The levy is actually a replacement of the 2.4 mill levy with an additional 0.8 mills. The small increase will help maintain the services the township presently has.

Township resident Eric Newton said he fully supports the levy.

"We need people to support this," he said. "I'll offer my help to any committee that is working on this levy."

Trustee Doug McGlynn said the township police are always busy and they work hard to insure a safe township. He said in August alone officers answered 4,794 calls.

As for the levy, McGlynn said any trustee will make themselves available to speak with any resident or group of residents opposed to the levy.

On a different matter, resident John Taft addressed trustees regarding the condition of the dead end section of Birchcrest Drive. He said garbage trucks are tearing up the road and the plow trucks are lifting pieces of blacktop.

"I have lived there for 55 years and in that time it has only been paved once," he said.

He also mentioned the street sign was in bad shape.

Trustees asked Township Administrator Mike Dockry to take a look at the issues and see what could be done. Taft was told the street could be added to the 2019 paving program as the 2018 program has already been finalized.

In other business:

Senior Center assistant director Jessica Ricker stated the center has made application to become a Silver Sneaker site for seniors.

McGlynn said the Ohio Department of Transportation needs to be informed the entrances to the freeways are looking sad and need to be cleaned up.

Trustees approved nine nuisance properties for high grass, junk or debris, and approved listing eight vehicles as nuisances at 154 South Meridian Road so they could be ordered to be removed.

Trustees approved an increase in cemetery foundation costs as follows: 30 inches by 12 inches or less to $175, 34-48 inches by 12 inches to $225, and 42 inches x 14 inches or larger to $300. Dockry said the increase is more in line to cover the township's costs.

Approval was given to approve engineering services proposal from Thomas Fok and Associates in the amount of $3,000 for engineering for the 2018 township resurfacing program.

Approval was given to appoint Mike Dockry as designee of all the township elected officials for the purpose of the required three hours of public records training.

There were no objections for requesting a hearing for the transfer of a liquor permit for Belleria Pizza West, 3460 South Meridian Road, class D5I from Belleria 224 Inc. to CMDI LLC.



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