Austintown Township Trustees read two proclamations into the minutes on Monday to honor the county sheriff and a speech team member. Both were praised for their accomplishments.
The first to be honored was Mahoning County Sheriff Randall Wellington. He was given a proclamation that paid tribute to his years in office. Chairman Dave Ditzler said the proclamations were an idea that came from a recent Township Association meeting.
"At the March meeting we wanted to acknowledge individuals who are leaving office," Ditzler said. "We wanted to honor [Sheriff Wellington] for his years of service to Mahoning County and to Austintown."
Austintown Fitch speech team member Lauran Ferguson, accompanied by Speech coach Andrea Folsom, received a proclamation honoring her for capturing sixth place in Prose and Poetry at the state finals this month.
The proclamation was read and presented to Wellington by Trustee Jim Davis.
"This is something I will cherish well into my retirement," Wellington said.
Also honored by proclamation was Fitch speech team member Lauran Ferguson, who placed sixth at the state speech team tournament this month. Lauran competed in a field of 80 Ohio students in the Prose and Poetry category. She received her award from fiscal officer Laura Wolfe with her coach Andrea Folsom by her side. When asked by Ditzler what she intened to do after graduation, she replied, "I'm going to attend YSU this fall for early childhood education.
Trustees also approved a resolution to support a Mahoning County Regional Shared Service System initiative to obtain a grant for a feasibility study to switch local and county governments to a fiber optics network. The resolution stated that there is $45 million available to help local governments become more efficient by switching to a super-high speed fiber optics line. The resolution stated that Austintown supports the grant and agrees to participate in the study with the understanding that there are no other obligations incurred by participating in the grant proposal.
In other business:
Trustees approved a public nuisance vehicle parked at 126 Idaho Road and can now order its removal within 14 days.
Trustees approved the following properties as public nuisances and can now order them clean up within seven days: 49 Creed St., 126 Idaho Road, and 4594 Plumbrook Drive.
Trustees approved a new list of 25 properties that has high grass complaints. Under public response, Dorothy Moore of Meander Run asked when the grass is going to be mowed at 6740 Meander Run. She said it is getting high and no one wants to mow it. She was told that high grass complaints were building and that last year there were more than 120 properties the township had to mow. Ditzler told Moore that for occupied homes all it takes is one mowing and assessing the property tax to get them to conform.
Park supervisor Todd Shaffer said this Saturday is the "Cure Search Walk" at Township Park that will help raise funds for autism and childhood cancer.
Trustees approved the transfer of a C-1 liquor permit from Austintown Beer and Wine LLC dba Route 46 Beer and Wine, 136 North Canfield-Niles Road, to International Drive Thru LLC, 136 North Canfield-Niles Road.
Notification was given regarding applications for the Fourth of July Parade entries. Davis said if anyone hasn't received an application, but wants to be in the parade, they can contact Township Hall to be put in touch with the parade committee.
Zoning Inspector Darren Crivelli mentioned the Green Team would be holding an electronics recycling drive on April 28 at the Covelli Centre. On June 9, a tire recycling drive will be held. and on May 5 the annual Austintown Clean up Day will take place. He said everyone will meet at Township Park in the morning, then will go out into the community and pick up litter.