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Trustees promote firefighter, deal with zoning issues

December 11, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Boardman Township trustees promoted a Boardman firefighter at the Dec. 6 meeting. Firefighter Joel Wharry was promoted to Lieutenant Fire Prevention Officer. The appointment was made after a brief executive session where Wharry was interviewed one last time.

Wharry, a 2010 Springfield graduate, started working for the Boardman Fire Department in 2014. He said the fire service was something he was used to.

"My dad [Don Wharry] was a volunteer firefighter with the Springfield department," Wharry said. "He used to take me to the station. I grew up with it."

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Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Boardman Trustees Larry Moliterno, Tom Costello and Brad Calhoun pose with fire fighter Joel Wharry, who was appointed to the position of Lieutenant Fire Prevention Officer at the Dec. 6 township meeting.

Wharry will fill the vacant spot left by Will Ferrando after he was promoted to captain in September of this year. Wharry will take the oath of office at a future township meeting.

In another matter, trustees agreed to adopt a resolution declaring 1847 Lynn Mar Ave. as a nuisance so the property owners could be ordered to clean up the rubbish and debris on the property.

On another zoning matter, the "Broke Ass" phone sign was brought up. Director of Zoning and Development, Krista Beniston said the sign was put up without a permit.

"We had residents complain about the language," Beniston told trustees. "Unfortunately, our legal counsel has advised the sign will have to remain."

She said the language on the sign falls under freedom of speech and the township can't do much about it. As for the sign not being permitted, Beniston said she will go after the sign owners to pay the penalty for not getting the permit.

In other business:

Trustees set the last meeting for 2019 on Dec. 30 at 9:30 a.m.

Approval was given to renew the township's liability insurance with Ohio Township Association Risk Management Authority (OTARMA) for 2020 at a cost of $132,069 through Cailor-Fleming Insurance Agency.

 
 

 

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