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Trustees honor local businessman

May 17, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Austintown Township trustees paid tribute to local auto dealer Greg Greenwood at Monday's township meeting. Greenwood had been named the 2012 Dealer of the Year by General Motors Corporation.

"The award is really about the team we have and the community," Greenwood said. "The community has been very supportive."

He told trustees that his grandfather Wayne Greenwood opened the first dealership in Cortland in 1950. The Austintown dealership was opened in 1979 by his father Bud Greenwood, making Greg the third generation to operate the successful dealership.

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Businessman Greg Greenwood, was recently honored with a proclamation during an Austintown Township Trustee Meeting on May 14, for being named Car Dealer of the Year by the General Motors Corporation. Joining in the honors were fire Chief Andy Frost, Trustee Jim Davis, Trustee Lisa Oles, Greenwood, Trustee David Ditzler, township administrator Mike Dockry, fiscal officer Laurie Wolfe, zoning inspector Darren Crivelli, and police Chief Bob Gavalier.

He said being named Dealer of the Year is a huge honor.

"Only two percent of dealers ever get that honor," he said.

Fiscal officer Laurie Wolfe had the honor to read a proclamation to Greenwood, and also handled the swearing in of the township's newest police officer.

Gregory McGlynn took the oath of office as the township's newest full-time police officer. McGlynn will be filling the void from a retiring full-time officer, according to police Chief Robert Gavalier. McGlynn was one of three members of the Austintown auxiliary.

"We have two more retiring this year," Gavalier said. "That will take our reserves down to zero."

He said the reserve officers volunteer their time and ride with full-time officers, assisting in many ways. The reserves help fill the void when an officer retires.

Gavalier said McGlynn's hiring was made possible because voters approved the police levy in March. He said that funding will help keep the police force at full strength.

In other business:

Gavalier thanked Officer Jeff Toth for his efforts in obtaining a $28,000 DARE grant to keep that program running in Austintown Local Schools.

Jenifer Pemberton addressed trustees about the upcoming Relay for Life at Fitch High School on June 1 and 2. She invited all township officials to attend the event and said there were two tent spaces still available. The opening ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. June 1 followed by the survivor's lap around the Fitch track.

A representative of the Wickliffe Block Watch informed trustees of the annual championship hot dog eating contest scheduled for June 30 at Wickliffe Christian Church, 3939 Potomac Ave.

Trustees approved a motion to pay an invoice dated April 17, 2012 from the Ohio Township Association Risk Management Authority in the amount of $72,146 (less $3,264.25 cumulative reserve fund distribution) for the township's personal property, liability, and vehicle insurance coverage effective May 16.

A motion was approved to participate in the Ohio Department of Transportation's Contract for Rock Salt and to agree to purchase at a minimum 80 percent of 2,200 tons or 1,760 tons.

Trustees approved a motion to approve Site Improvement Agreement between the Mahoning County commissioners for the Recycling Division of Mahoning County and Austintown Township to improve the recycling site at Fire Station on Turner and New Road (concrete pad).

Trustees noted the next regular meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 29, due to Memorial Day.



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