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Safety forces honored and trustees comment on GM

November 28, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At Monday's Austintown Township meeting, members of Austintown American Legion Memorial Post 301 attended and issued certificates of appreciation to police firemen and one trustee whose service was deeply appreciated.

Making the presentations was Post 301 Commander Sam Swoger III, assisted by 2nd Vice Commander George Toole. Certificates of appreciation were presented to Austintown Police Chief Bob Cavalier and Austintown Fire Chief Andy Frost. Toole said each department has four personnel selected for the honor. The Post also puts on a banquet for the eight selectees.

"As veterans, we just want to let them know we appreciate their service to our community," he said. "It is a way for us vets to say we appreciate coming home to a safe community after we serve."

As for Carano's certificate, Toole said it was for a lot of help he gave in assisting the Post with its 501C status.

On a different note, trustees voiced their opinions about Monday's news that General Motors would not assign a vehicle for 2019 to the Lordstown plant. Trustee Doug McGlynn said big corporations can't keep taking taxpayers money and not giving back.

"I am disturbed at the news of GM closing the plant in March," he said. "I think it is time our politicians took this [issue] up."

Trustee Carano said he felt it was time for Ohio's elected governor and governor elect to step in and use the $2.7 billion rainy day fund to get GM to bring a vehicle to Lordstown and keep it open.

"We don't know where this is going," Carano said. "At the United Auto Workers 1112 meeting earlier in the day, everyone wanted to do something."

Chairman Jim Davis said a good deal of Austintown is made up of retired GM workers. He added the township has always supported GM as well.

"Our police and fire departments have Chevrolets," he said. "Our zoning inspector drives a township-owned Cruze and owns his own Cruze. We supported GM, but I feel sorry for the families of the men and women who are losing their jobs. I hope the politicians can rally together to save their jobs."

On another issue, resident and Senior Center member Eric Newton said the Senior Center is hosting its annual Christmas Party at 5 p.m. on Dec. 7 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Center. The Fitch Concert Choir will be on hand to perform for the event and there will be door prizes and a 50/50 raffle.

"Senior Center members are $18 and non-members are $23," he said. "Tickets will be on sale until Dec. 1 so an accurate count can be taken. The ticket cost includes dinner catered by Rachel's."

He said people can visit or call the Senior Center for donations.

Davis also mentioned Thursday, Nov. 29 is the Christmas Tree Lighting at the Wickliffe Circle Fire Station beginning at 6:30 p.m. with Santa arriving at 6:45 p.m.

In other business:

Davis stated he will bartend at BW3's on Dec. 13 to help raise funds for needy families. He thanked the Sheriff's Department and Senior Center for working to deliver dinners to shut-in seniors for

Thanksgiving. He said 400 meals were prepared and delivered.

Trustees approved two motions required to be included with a grant application to the Ohio Public Works Commission for the 2019 road resurfacing program.

Approval was given for the Motorola/Spillman Public Safety System agreement that covers the record management for the 911 computer aided dispatch.



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