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Trustees get update on department's protecting against Coronavirus

March 25, 2020
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Boardman Township trustees sat six feet apart and video live streamed Monday's meeting from the Township Administration Building. At the meeting, department heads gave a report on all the work they are doing to make a safe work environment for township employees.

Both Police Chief Todd Werth and Fire Chief Mark Pitzer reported their departments have been busy cleaning and taking precautions to protect against the Coronavirus. Pitzer said the crews have been training to respond safely as well.

"When our crew shows up with a mask on, don't be alarmed," Pitzer said.

Road Superintendent Marilyn Kenner said the department staff are keeping both the building and the township road vehicles clean and sanitized.

Township Administrator Jason Loree said, "The township is up and running. We are on edge, but we are all working very hard."

Trustee Larry Moliterno asked Loree about the effects of the virus.

"I am concerned whether any big projects are suffering because of this virus," he said.

Loree responded and said he is monitoring the state close since the Governor announced a 20 percent cut to the state's budget. He said at this point he is not sure if that will cut any state funding coming into the township.

On a different subject, Kenner got the trustees approval to order 1,000 tons of road salt next year under the state purchasing program.

"We have a huge supply right now, but we don't want to get caught short next year, just in case," she said.

She said the township normally orders 2,500 tons, but the mild winter didn't require a lot of salt on the road. She said the road department's salt bin will hold the extra salt and by placing a smaller order, the township would be protected in case of a bad winter next season.

In other business:

Trustees approved declaring 3911 Arden Boulevard and 7564 Glenwood Ave. as nuisance properties. Director of Zoning and Development Krista Beniston said the Arden property has a lot of trash and tires laying around, and the Glenwood property has two arm chairs on the property that have been sitting there for a couple weeks.

Trustees approved the renewal of OpenGov, Inc. software for a total of $29,060. Beniston said this is her department's cloud-based software used for landlord registration, permitting, and code enforcement. It also allows for a wide variety of online services.

Approval was given for the final 2020 appropriations of $26,652,442.61.

Approval was given to sell the property at 5026 Southern Boulevard to John and Mary DiMuzio at fair market value of $3,000. The property was a Land Bank property the township owned for a few years.

Trustees approved the purchase of training and service ammunition for 2020 from Vance's Law Enforcement in the amount of $18,624.70.



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