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Safety forces take center stage at township meeting

November 29, 2011
By J.T. Whitehouse
At Monday’s Austintown Township meeting, the safety forces were in the spotlight. The audience was made up of Austintown Kiwanis members who were present for the presentation of two awards for the police and fire departments.

“Our police and fire departments go above and beyond,” said Kiwanis President Mary Ann Herschel. “We want to take time to recognize them.”

Herschel presented Austintown fire Chief Andy Frost and police Chief Robert Gavalier with plaques commending each department for their efforts in the community. She said both departments had representatives speak at recent Kiwanis meeting.

“Assistant fire Chief Andy Frost III and police Officer Jeff Toth both spoke at one of our meetings,” Herschel said. “They were both proud of their departments.”

Following the presentation of the plaques, both department heads addressed the trustees. Gavalier reported on a $30,000 grant his department received from the Ohio Department of Public Services’ Office of Criminal Justice Service. The grant will be used for the upgraded new radio system for Austintown. He told trustees a representative will be heading to Chicago to observe the system being assembled. He expects to see it shipped to Austintown sometime in January. Once it arrives, installation will begin.

On the fire department report, Chief Frost said there was nothing new to report, but he did comment on the Christmas season. He said the new LED Christmas lights are highly recommended. He said they are very energy efficient and do not put out a lot of heat like the older bulbs do, making them safer, more energy efficient and longer lasting.

He also spoke about putting up lights outside. He said not to take a chance when on the roof.

“If you get stuck on the roof, don’t take a chance," Frost said. “If you get stuck, call us.”

Trustee Jim Davis commented that he experienced a situation a few years back when putting up his lights. He said he was on the roof and the ladder fell. He waited until he saw a neighbor and asked him to put the ladder back.

After the safety department comments, trustees turned to zoning and a list of nuisance properties. They approved the following nuisance properties: 5250 Norquest Blvd. for piles of debris; Lot 33 of Cider Mill Plat number 2 for sediment, trees and vegetation within the retention basin; 4297 Pembrook Road for miscellaneous items, junk, and debris throughout the property; 240 Carnegie Ave. for miscellaneous items, tools, junk and debris throughout the property; and 1984 Penny Lane for 12-inch grass.

Also approved under the zoning report was the demolition of a single-family dwelling at 4228 Crum Road that was declared dangerous to life or health by the Mahoning County Board of Health, and the demolition of a barn at 855 Ohltown Road declared structurally unsafe and defective by the Austintown Township fire inspector.

In other business:

• Trustees approved a liquor permit transfer from Wedgewood Management LLL dba Wedgewood Shell, 1704 South Raccoon Road, to Cedar Petroleum LLC dba Wedgewood Shell, 1704 South Raccoon Road.

• A report was given on the leaf pickup that stated 3,000 bags of leaves were picked up and the program was completed on Nov. 17. It was stated there would be a Christmas tree recycling program in place after the holidays.

• Austintown resident Jacqueline Ferguson asked trustees if a four-way stop sign and a street light could be placed at the intersection of Aldrich Road and Elmwood Avenue. She said it is a dangerous intersection. Gavalier said he would research records and see how many vehicle crashes have taken place there. He said he believes it was a four-way stop at one time before being changed to a two-way stop.

• Trustees invited all families to attend the 25th annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 6:45 p.m. Dec. 1 at Fire Station 2 in Wickliffe Circle. Also mentioned was a senior party at the Senior Center on Dec. 15.

Article Photos

Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Austintown fire Chief Andy Frost and Austintown police Chief Robert Gavalier accept plaques honoring each department. The plaques were presented by Austintown Kiwanis President Mary Ann Herschel during Monday evenings trustees meeting.



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