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Trustees take steps for joint communications district

November 21, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Austintown Township trustees approved a motion at Tuesday's meeting, Nov. 13, to form a joint communications district with Boardman Township.

Austintown had teamed up with Boardman to secure a new communications system that would serve both townships' police, fire and other communication needs. By sharing the cost, it was more affordable, but required forming a joint communications district that will include its own board of directors.

Police Chief Bob Gavalier also mentioned that a few weeks ago, the department was given notice that it will receive a $25,000 grant to purchase an electronic fingerprinting machine.

"It will automatically enter information into our computers, saving the records clerks a lot of work," Gavalier said.

In other business:

Fire Chief Andy Frost III thanked voters for the passage of the three renewal levies for his department.

"We are in tight times, but these three levies will help keep us going," Frost said.

The zoning report was given by Administrator Mike Dockry who reported there were three new single family permits pulled in October. He said that brought the total of single family housing starts for 2012 to 12.

Jim Henshaw, director of the Austintown Senior Center, reported that membership has been growing rapidly and he may know why.

"We have been averaging four or five new people every day," he told trustees. "We have a lot of retired Austintown School cafeteria workers who are volunteering their time in our cafeteria, so it must be the food attracting everyone."

Trustee Lisa Oles said she spoke with one elderly veteran who has a terminal illness. The fellow told her the Senior Center was all that he had.

Trustees also approved a motion to establish a petty cash policy for the Senior Center. It would allow for pay outs for Bingo games.

Under the road report, Dockry mentioned the new connector for Idaho Road to New Road is nearing completion, but won't open until some time in 2013 when the curbs, sidewalks and drainage are complete.

Oles reported the 911 Memorial Committee had partnered with Liberty Township Fire Department to collect clothes and food for the Hurricane Sandy victims. She said three trucks were filled at 911 Memorial Park last week along with $500 in donations to help ship the items to the victims.

Trustees approved a motion for a lease agreement between Sylvester Land Company and the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force for office space. Austintown currently serves as fiscal agent for the Task Force.

A motion to support Penn National Gaming Inc.'s petition to vacate Lanterman Road was approved by trustees. Dockry explained that Penn National is keeping a request by Lanterman Road residents to not extend the road to Ohio 46 by using the "Bridge to Nowhere." The bridge was built over Ohio 11 many years ago, but never connected any roads.



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