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Trustees honor younger residents

April 10, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The Austintown Township trustees honored some of the younger citizens at the April 8 meeting. They were the first place winners of the annual Austintown Optimist Club poster contest.

The contest was for Austintown students in grades three, four and five at Austintown Intermediate School (AIS). The theme was "Police are Our Heroes."

"We had around 1,071 posters this year," said Optimist member Joann Sulenski. "It took us a while to narrow that many down."

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Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier

Showcasing the top three posters in the Austintown Optimists Club annual poster contest are fifth grader Kylie Folkwein, Optimist Club member Joann Sulenski holding up third grader Brianna Wright's poster in her absence, and fourth grader Ena Bokry. The three posters were the first-place winners from each grade level at Austintown Intermediate School.

She said the club had a committee of members that went through the posters and selected the top dozen in each grade level. Those 12 were then placed before the membership for a vote to determine a first, second, and third place winner.

The first place winners were invited to Monday's trustee meting to be recognized. The three winners received a $25 Amazon gift card and was honored at the Austintown Optimist's dinner meeting on Tuesday.

The three winners were Kylie Folkwein from the fifth grade, Ena Bokry from fourth grade, and Brianna Wright from the third grade, who could not make Monday's meeting.

Following the presentation of a proclamation in their honor from trustees, Folkwein and Bokry were sworn in as police officers for the day. That was followed by a trip to the police station for a tour conducted by Officer Jeff Toth.

On a different matter, Fire Chief Andy Frost reported the Turnpike will be undergoing some construction this year that will be a headache for motorists. He said plans could cause big back ups and the potential for crashes.

The Turnpike informed Frost they will be closing the east-bound lane and moving the traffic to one lane on the west-bound side. That would leave no lane for emergency vehicles to travel.

Frost said his department does respond to the Turnpike on the section that is in Austintown Township. To access it means getting on I-76 and heading to the entrance to the Turnpike.

The construction will take several months. With the funneling of traffic into one lane, Frost said, "We are expecting a lot of calls."

He recommended any Austintown residents looking to head east on the Turnpike may find it better to take I-680 and get on in Poland.

Once the east bound side is done, the project will move to the west-bound side for about three more months of work.

In other business:

Sam Swoger, representing the Veterans Council of Mahoning County has selected Anthony Traficante as citizen of the year, and the entire Fitch Concert Choir as the student(s) of the year.

Trustees mentioned the upcoming census and its importance to the community. Trustee Ken Carano said Federal funds are based on the number of residents, making it important to insure everyone is counted.

Carano noted there is only one issue on this year's primary in May, and that is the Mahoning County Justice Tax, which would be a five-year renewal of a .075 percent sale tax to help fund the county's criminal justice system.

Police Chief Bob Gavalier reported his department is receiving a $9,300 grant for computers and a $78,000 grant for vehicles.

It was reported that the Ohio Department of Transportation will be fully funding a sound wall for older neighborhoods along Ohio 11. The wall is scheduled to be installed in April of 2023.



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