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Trustees approve the sale of Sumo

November 25, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Boardman Township trustees approved the retirement of the Police Department K-9 officer Sumo at the Nov. 12 meeting. The four-legged officer will enjoy life in the home he lived in the past eight years.

"Sumo is 10 years old and has served Boardman Police as a K9 officer for eight years," said Boardman Police Chief Todd Werth. "He is replaced by Kylo, our newest K9."

Officer Daryn Tallman is Boardman's K9 officer who shared the squad vehicle with Sumo over the years and will now be on the road with Kylo. He will still care for Sumo, who will be enjoying home life, which may be hard to get used to. Werth said after all these years, Sumo will still want to head out with Tallman.

Sumo will be sold to Tallman for $1. Trustee Tom Costello explained why at the meeting.

"K9s are considered the property of the township," he said. "We can't give Sumo away because of that fact. We can sell him for $1 to his handler."

Werth also addressed a new grant the Police Department was receiving. It is an Ohio Attorney General's Office grant for $20,000 to purchase new vests for the officers.

"Every five years the industry standards say the vests should be replaced," Werth said

On a different matter, Fire Chief Mark Pitzer reported the township now has an ISO rating of three. He explained the ISO (Insurance Services Organization) ratings helps determine what insurance companies charge for property insurance on businesses and homes in the township. Five is a rating seen mostly in the country where response times are longer and a water source may be a distance away.

"When I became fire chief Boardman's rating was a five," Pitzer said. "I am happy to announce the rating today is at a three."

He said this means lower insurance rates, saving Boardman taxpayers money.

In other business:

Boardman Road Superintendent Marilyn Sferra Kenner reported last year's leaf pick up was at 17,000 bags. "We are on par to meet that number again this year," she said.



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