Starting off the evening meeting was news of a report from the state auditor’s office that gave the township a clean audit. Trustees credited Mike Kurish and his staff for doing a great job at keeping the township’s finances in order.
“Austintown residents can be assured that not one cent of tax money is misspent,” said Trustee David Ditzler.
Moving along on the agenda was a donation of $116.45 from Troop 115 Eagle Scout Alexander While. While had earned his Eagle award for a signs project at Austintown Township Park’s trails. Apparently he had funds left over from the project and donated it to the township.
More incoming funds were reported under the township administrator’s report. Mike Dockry said the township received $22,748 as a reimbursement from nuisance properties where the township takes care of the situation, then assesses property taxes. Dockry said the township has been averaging $53,000 over recent years, so the lower amount could mean more homes are being sold and maintained.
Trustees also approved a motion to borrow $500,000 in 2012 in anticipation of the 2012 first half tax collection. Kurish explained that the motion is usually dealt with in December, but documentation now takes longer and the steps needed to secure the funds need to be started sooner.
“With the state cuts, we will need that money sooner,” Kurish told trustees.
One final financial report was given by Jen Weaver, co-chair for the Austintown Relay For Life. She reported to trustees that the Austintown Relay had brought in $102,300.45. She said 29 teams made up this year’s relay and three of those teams raised more than $10,000.
She also mentioned that there were 21 walkers who circled the Fitch track for the entire 24 hours.
With books closed on this year’s event, Weaver said the Austintown Relay committee is already working on next year’s event. It will take place on June 1 and 2 at Fitch. The first planning meeting was planned for Oct. 13 at the American Cancer Society office in Canfield. Additional dates will be posted as well as the official kick-off meeting on Jan. 19 at Austintown Community Church.
In setting the next township meeting, trustees agreed to hold it at noon Oct. 24 at the Senior Center. Chairman Jim Davis said Austintown voters will be deciding two renewals in November that include a 1.5 mill road renewal and a .8 mill recreational renewal. The one new levy on the ballot will be a .5 mill levy to support the Senior Center, which was stated to cost the average homeowner just $16 a year. To show taxpayers what they are getting for their money, trustees decided it would be a good idea to hold the public meeting at the center so residents could attend and see what they are going to be voting on.
In other business:
• Compliments were given to Brad Bloomster and the Awesome-Town celebration committee for the successful event held over the weekend.
• Trustees approved the new Class B liquor permit for Dolgen Midwest LLC dba Dollar General Store 3363, 1739 South Raccoon Road.
• It was made known that the Austintown trustees and Boardman trustees will be taking part in a cornhole challenge at the tailgate party prior to the start of the Boardman-Austintown football game on Oct. 28 in Boardman. Trustees agreed they needed to visit the Senior Center and brush up on their skills with the center’s cornhole equipment.
Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Jen Weaver, co-chair for the Austintown Relay For Life, gave a final report on the event as the committee looks towards next year’s event.