A member of the Ohio Incident Management Team, fire Chief George Brown spoke on having been deployed along with seven additional members in response to Hurricane Irene.
Arriving first in Suffolk County, N.Y., where they spent five days assisting in an area where 12,000 trees were downed, Brown said they were then sent to Windham, where 18 inches of rain had fallen.
‚ÄúIt was a pleasure for me to be a part of the Ohio team,‚Äù said Brown, adding that he returns with ideas for Boardman‚Äôs own disaster preparedness plan.
In other news, Township Administrator Jason Loree spoke on the ongoing issue of vacant nuisance properties in the township in regards to earmarking a portion of the township‚Äôs capital expenses to demolish such homes and businesses as part of the township‚Äôs five-year plan.
‚ÄúYoungstown is not alone; we have some blight,‚Äù said Loree, who went on to propose the township‚Äôs usage of a low-interest state loan to finance stormwater projects, with the remainder of funds slated for such usage from the capital fund.
Loree said in light of the townships lack of ability to obtain federal funding for neighborhood stabilization, he urges the move for the preservation of the integrity of the townships neighborhoods as well as that of the business community.
Estimating 800 foreclosed homes in Boardman, Loree said it costs between $3,000 and $5,000 to demolish a vacant home.
Although trustees agree on the urgency of the issue, Fiscal Officer William Leicht implored of the trustees, caution in moving forward, asking that they slow down and take the time to focus on the five-year plan, sharing a draft of a five-year budget projection for use in creating such plan.
It was agreed that the trustees will schedule a retreat in the near future to prepare the five-year Boardman Plan.
In other news:
‚Ä¢ The board will meet next at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28. The meeting scheduled for Monday, Oct. 10, has been rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12. Both meetings will be held at the government hall at 8299 Market St.
‚Ä¢ Trick-or-treat hours have been set as 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.
Photo by Kathleen Palumbo, Town Crier correspondent
Newly promoted Sergeant Darrell Wagner is congratulated by Boardman Township Trustees Tom Costello, Brad Calhoun, and Larry Moliterno, and Fiscal Officer William Leicht.