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Township gets new officer

July 17, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At Monday's township meeting a new officer was sworn in. Ryan C. Curry took the oath of office as he joins the Austintown Police Department.

"Of all the applicants, Ryan finished on top of the list," said Police Chief Bob Gavalier. "He will also bring a lot of experience."

Curry is a 2007 Ursuline graduate who went on to attend the police academy at Toledo University. He has served with the Youngstown Police Department for the last eight years, serving as a D.A.R.E. Officer and resource officer in Youngstown City Schools.

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Ryan C. Curry is welcomed by Austintown Fiscal Officer Laura Wolfe after she administered the oath of office for the township’s newest police officer.

"I grew up on the South Side," he said. "I got into law enforcement because I wanted to give back to the community and help bridge the gap."

On a different matter, the trustees approved the declaration of 43 properties as nuisance properties. Most were for high grass and weeds, which the declaration will enable Zoning Inspector Darren Crivelli to send letters demanding the property be taken care of.

Crivelli kept one maintenance issue separate to see how trustees felt first. The Mahoning Avenue bridge over Ohio 11 has a high weed and lack of proper maintenance issue. The sidewalks are covered in debris and needs to be swept. The bridge is the property of the Ohio Department of Transportation.

"We allowed flags to be put up and the bridge is declared as Veteran's Bridge," Crivelli said. "It is a disgrace to have it looking this way, a disgrace for the township and for the veterans."

He asked if the trustees wanted to declare it a nuisance and send out letters to the state, or just have the township crews clean it and eliminate the weeds.

"Let's go after the state," said Chairman Ken Carano.

He said if the township were to start handling it, it would become the job of the township, which is using taxpayer's money to do it. He said taxpayers pay taxes to the state and it is the state's responsibility to maintain that bridge.

Trustees Doug McGlynn and Jim Davis agreed with Carano. They gave the nod to Crivelli to send the state a nuisance property letter and order the cleanup.

In other business:

Mike Bodnar asked to be reinstated as a member of the Austintown Senior Center. He claimed a court case had cleared him and has been sealed. Carano said he will not reinstate him at the township meeting, but will arrange to have a meeting with him to discuss the reinstatement.

 
 

 

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