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Trustees hear concerns over Fitzgerald Avenue

March 29, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Austintown Township trustees heard complaints from a representative of residents on Fitzgerald Avenue. Resident Greg Constance addressed the connecting of his street to Idaho Road as the school connects Idaho to New Road.

"What is the possibility of keeping Fitzgerald as a dead end?" he asked.

He presented a petition signed by residents of the street asking not to have it connected to the extension of Idaho Road.

Trustee David Ditzler said the township is not constructing the road and thus does not control it. He said the connection of Idaho Road to allow traffic to access New Road is part of the school district's building project.

Fitzgerald said, "The road has become a drag strip. It's a shortcut now, but when the road is done, it will be a double drag strip."

He asked of the possibility to get three-way stop signs at the new Idaho Road extension and possibly the Ray Avenue intersection to control traffic. Trustees said they could look into it and make a request.

Police Chief Robert Gavalier met with Constance after the meeting to discuss patrols on the road. He said the department does have a speed monitor that records speeds and times of day that his department could use to gather data.

Ditzler also recommended setting up a meeting with the Board of Education to further address the matter.

While on the matter of residential neighborhoods, Gavalier said when he was canvassing neighborhoods prior to the recent elections, he noticed that many township homes do not have clearly marked house numbers. He said when police respond to a particular residence, they need house numbers to locate a home quickly. Fire Chief Andy Frost agreed and said when his department responds it can be a problem as well.

Frost said another problem involves calls after dark. He asked that residents make sure an outside porch light is on and have someone wave down the responding fire truck.

Frost also reported that his department received a check for $7,971.95 from the trucking company that owned the tanker that was involved in a spill on I-80. He said the spill occurred the same time as the Youngstown tanker spill. Frost's department responded to the Austintown spill, contained it and cleaned it up. The check amount represented what Austintown Fire spent to respond and take care of the spill.

In other business:

Trustees approved a motion to declare vehicles at the following addresses as public nuisances and order removal of the same: two vehicles at 4011 Burkey Road and a vehicle at 207 Parkgate Ave.

Trustees approved a resolution to declare the following addresses as nuisance properties and order their abatement within seven days: 35 North Yorkshire Blvd.; 5621 London Drive; 4494 Mahoning Ave.; and 4011 Burkey Road.

A motion was passed to approve a depository resolution with Huntington Bank.

Trustee Lisa Oles informed those at the meeting that the Senior Center is expanding its hours. She said the center will move to a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. schedule on Tuesday and a 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. schedule on Fridays. The other days will remain the same.

Trustee Jim Davis thanked all concerned in making the St. Patrick's Day celebration in Austintown a big success. Davis said the event brought in roughly 80,000 people, exceeding last year's numbers.

Zoning inspector Darren Crivelli reported that he has been talking with the Green Team and is looking to set May 5 as a litter clean-up day on Austintown's main corridors. He also mentioned that Five Guys Burgers & Fries will be coming to property to the south of Sheetz at Ohio 46 and Mahoning Ave.

In the road department report, Mike Dockry said the nice weather and lack of need for snow removal has allowed the department to dig out and pour concrete in the Westchester area to make sidewalk repairs and improvements.



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