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Trustees look to better regulate 5G

January 16, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Austintown Township trustees approved a motion at Monday's meeting, to contract for legal services to help form legislation aimed at controlling 5G technology. The move came from an incident that happened a few years back.

"A couple years ago we had a company wanting to put up 120-foot towers in residential neighborhoods," said Township Administrator Mike Dockry.

He said zoning was able to stop it, but with the State of Ohio and the FCC favoring 5G, it was none too soon to come up with a way to regulate it within the township.

Dockry said a 120-foot tower would have a very wide base and would stand out in a residential area. By having proper regulations in place, the township would have some control and say over where these towers could go. Dockry did say that the technology is coming and while it can't be stopped, it can be regulated.

"If you want driverless vehicles, you need 5G," he said.

The motion unanimously passed trustees and Dockry estimates it will cost around $2,500 for the legal services.

On another issue, 2019 Chairman Ken Carano spoke about a name change for a local road. He said the former Interstate Boulevard is now officially Patriot Way, named for veterans. For the past 13 years, Ken Jacubec has spearheaded an effort to honor local veterans at a ceremony held at Quaker Steak and Lube. Because of these activities and as a way to honor all veterans, the name of the street was changed to Patriot Bouelvard.

Carano said the name change was 100 percent supported by all the businesses on the former Interstate Boulevard.

"These businesses had to change signs, stationary, websites and anything with their old address on it, and they all said no problem," Carano reported. "The showed great support for our veterans."

In other business:

Carano reported on tree limbs, stating a resident has the right to cut a limb hanging over their property from a neighbors tree. He added the township is only responsible for trees in the right of way and will only clear trees from roads and sidewalks, not from private property.

Trustee Jim Davis reported the Austintown Junior Women's League Taste of Austintown tickets are now on sale and sell out quickly.

Resident Eric Newton asked why some stop signs have red reflector tape on the posts while others do not. Dockry said the reflector posts are on county and state routes. The township doesn't have the reflector posts, but he will check into the costs to upgrade the township stop signs.

The dues for the Austintown Senior Center were increased from $36 to $60 for out-of township members. Director Jim Henshaw said the increase will only apply to new out-of-township members. Those already paying the $36 would be grandfathered in at that price.

Trustees approved Fire Chief Andy Frost to serve as the township's representative to the Mahoning County HAZ-Mat Executive Board. Also approved was mutual aid agreements with the Youngstown Airbase Fire Department and non-monetary mutual aid contracts presented throughout the year.

A motion was approved to continue the mutual aid agreement with Mahoning County HAZ-Mat Team that includes a $0.10 per capita fee not to exceed $4,000. The per capita fee is matched by Mahoning County Comissioners.



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