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Trustees promote officer at meeting

July 11, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Austintown Trustees promoted police Officer Jeffrey Churilla to the rank of sergeant at Monday night's meeting. While several applied for the position, Chairman David Ditzler said Churilla was on top of the list.

"He was first in line in the test scores for making sergeant," Ditzler said.

Churilla first joined the Austintown reserves in May of 2002. He became full time in November of 2006. He has the respect of fellow officers as a half dozen uniformed and non-uniformed officers attended the meeting for support.

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Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Austintown Township police Officer Jeffrey Churilla was promoted to the rank of sergeant at Monday’s trsustee’s meeting. He is shown here taking the oath of office from Fiscal Officer Laurie Wolfe.

While one officer moved up the ladder Monday, two township vehicles moved out. Trustees agreed to retire a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria and a 1998 Chevrolet Blazer. Both vehicles will be added to the auction list for this Saturday at the township garage on Ohltown Road. Vehicle inspections will begin at 9 a.m. and the bidding will start at 10 a.m.

Under public presentation, Manfred Michalski addressed the trustees by first complimenting them on working to bring the new racino, horse track to the township. His concern was over the zoning of properties along Canfield-Niles Road. He said some properties are zoned R-1 or B-1 and asked what would have to be done to simply make the entire Canfield-Niles Road properties all under one zone.

Zoning Inspector Darren Crivelli explained that for one or more property owners to request a zone change would require a $300 application fee. Then it would have to go before the zoning board appeals who would make recommendation to the trustees.

"The trustees would have the final vote," Crivelli said. "If they wanted to overturn the board's recommendation, it would have to be a unanimous vote."

He said the trustees could initiate a blanket zone change so that property owners would not have to foot the application fee. It would still have to go through the same process.

Crivelli told trustees that the corridor of North Canfield-Niles Road is a mix of zoning from R (residential) to B-1 and B-2. He said he will put together a map showing zoning designations property by property.

In other business:

Trustees awarded the 2012 Road Resurfacing bid to R.T. Vernal Paving and Excavating Inc., of North Lima.

Trustees approved 15 properties as nuisances for high grass.

At the recommendation of Michael B. Dockry, motion to award the 2012 road resurfacing contract to R.T. Vernal Paving & Excavating, Inc., 11299 South Ave. Ext., P.O. Box 519, North Lima, OH 44452, as the lowest and best bid of $126.60 per cubic yard and $1.25 per square yard and $2.25 per gallon tack coat and $9,000 for lump for the Annual Resurfacing Program.

Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 505.10 the board found that the fair market value of a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria and 1998 Chevrolet Blazer personal property items is $2,500 or less, and that each item of personal property is unneeded, obsolete, or unfit-for public use.



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