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Trustees praise safety forces in tanker spill incident

March 1, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

With little on the agenda, Austintown trustees turned their comments to praise for the efforts of the fire and police departments at Monday's meeting. Both departments responded to the tanker spill on Interstate 680 to assist Youngstown departments.

Austintown fire Chief Andy Frost said his department sent two trucks when the call fcame in for mutual aid. He said his department has a mutual aid agreement with all the Mahoning County departments and any time there is a big incident like the tanker spill on Feb. 14, Austintown is ready to respond.

"They (Youngstown) just had gasoline going everywhere," Frost said.

Chairman Dave Ditzler entered a letter into the minutes that came from Youngstown Mayor Chuck Sammarone and Youngstown fire Chief John O'Neil. The letter praised the Austintown department for a quick response and assistance in securing the situation.

Trustee Jim Davis said the Austintown Police Department also sent two cars to assist with the closing of the freeway. He said he attended a dinner where members of the firefighter's union were in attendance. He said they came up to him and stated how great it was to have Austintown respond and give a much-needed hand in securing the situation.

Frost also reported that during the high winds last week, his department made 17 runs in less than nine hours.

In the road department report, township administrator Mike Dockry said the warmer weather is continuing to save the township on salt and overtime costs. He said 2012 is turning out to be very different from 2011. He reminded everyone that on Feb. 28 of last year there was a lot of snow on the ground and heavy rains struck the area causing flooding around the township.

Under the police department comments, police Chief Robert Gavalier made a final plea for residents to pass the 2 mill replacement levy next Tuesday. Later during public comment, levy support was again addressed when Officer Jeff Toth spoke. He was representing the local Fraternal Order of Police Lodge.

"I thank the community for their help in the past," he said, "and I ask that people help us out and pass the levy."

He said it won't add any new positions, but will simply help maintain what the department has right now. He said there won't be any raises, but the funds could help replace officers that retire and thus keep the department staffed to its current level.

Both Toth and Gavalier said the replacement levy would be a minimal increase, but it would maintain the levy of service the department has right now.

At the end of Toth's comments, he asked for a moment of silence to remember the victims of the Chardon High School shooting.

In other business:

Township Fiscal Officer Laurie Wolfe informed trustees that she worked on the budget and is ready to sit down and finalize it with trustees.

Trustees declared, individually, the following properties as nuisance properties due to trash and debris on the property: 1204 South Meridian Road; 41 East Liberty Road; 580 North Turner Road; and 3621 Almerinda Drive. The property owners will be receiving notices, ordering them to clean up within seven days.



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