Ray Butler of the Mahoning County Board of Elections spoke on a new way of voting, saying, “It’s kind of back to the future. We’re going back to paper in Mahoning County.”
According to Butler, voters will benefit from the new DS200 machines, which assist with the “Second Chance Rule,” whereby, once voters complete their ballot, it is then checked for errors such as over-voting or having completed an incorrect area on the form, and the voter is given the opportunity for a second chance to correct the ballot.
Additionally, Butler said Mahoning County voters can now take advantage of absentee no-fault voting. While in the past, voters had to have an excuse to take advantage of absentee ballot voting, now, they are free to request an absentee ballot be sent to their home, or have the option of early absentee no-fault voting over the counter.
Also in moving forward, the second of 10 new officers hired under the terms of the new police levy was welcomed. David Sheely of Mineral Ridge was sworn in by George Platton, fiscal office representative, as the second new officer since the levy passage.
Under public response, township resident Jodi Sinkovich pleaded for assistance with the issue of flooding on her Melbourne Avenue property, where she said the conditions exist from October through May and affects her basement as well.
Sinkovich shared that she feels as a new owner of the home who was not informed of the problem, that she shouldn’t be solely responsible for the cost of installing a French drain, in excess of $5,000.
With four additional homes affected, Township Administrator Jason Loree informed Sinkovich that although the township cannot complete work on private property, they could assess the cost of necessary work, and, should her neighbors be in agreement, the cost could be divided amongst those involved.
In other news:
• With approximately 20 of the street’s residents present, Spartan Drive residents voted in favor of the approval of a lighting district in which Ohio Edison will install five streetlights at a cost to each household of $71.30 for the first year and $11.68 annually in subsequent years. Residents are considering a sixth light.
• The next regular meeting of the Boardman Township trustees will be held Monday, Oct. 24 at the Boardman Township Government Center.
Photo by Kathleen Palumbo, Town Crier correspondent
As Chief of Police Jack Nichols and fire Chief George Brown look on, newly hired officer David Sheely of Mineral Ridge is sworn in by George Platton, fiscal office representative, as the second of 10 new officers hired under the terms of the new police levy.