Grants and donations were at the heart of Monday's township meeting, with thanks going out to the Austintown Fraternal Order of Eagles lodge 3298. The FOE recently presented checks to the Austintown safety forces.
"They (FOE) gave to the 9/11 Park, the police department, the fire department, and the YMCA," said Trustee Lisa Oles. "I just want to thank them for all they do for our community."
This year, the FOE in Austintown presented checks for $3,000 to the fire department and the police department. Austintown police Chief Bob Gavalier said last year a similar donation was made and the funds were used to purchase new rifles for the police cruisers.
Under the road report, Township Administrator Mike Dockry informed trustees of a grant that is coming. He said earlier this year he was advised of an Ohio Department Of Transportation safety upgrade grant. He said the state had more than a million dollars to give out to communities who needed to upgrade curbs and sidewalks to make intersections safer. The grant was filed on May 29, and Dockry said he was notified that Austintown was going to get $27,400.
In other business:
Trustees approved a list of 24 nuisance properties for high grass and/or debris. One property on Huntmere Avenue was separated from the nuisance properties as it involved dirt in a ditch meant to dam up the water flow. Assistant zoning inspector Eric Harris said the property owner needs to remove it or the township will have to and assess the property taxes.
Approval was given to declare inoperable vehicles at 473 Westgate Blvd. and at 2574 South Meridian Road as public nuisance junk vehicles and thus order their removal.
Approval was given for the removal of structures at the following addresses due to declarations they are unsafe, insecure and structurally defective by the fire inspector: dwelling and garage at 5663 Baylor Ave.; a dwelling at 2624 South Canfield-Niles Road; and two accessory buildings at 3698 Allendale Ave.
Oles reported that foundation and ironwork on the new racino is scheduled to begin in two weeks.
Under the fire report, Chief Andy Frost said the recent power outage that affected residents in North Jackson and Canfield as well, was due to a tree coming down on a main power line at the intersection of Ohltown and Webb roads.
Harris mentioned that the area is in garage sale season and he wanted to remind residents that posting garage sale signs on telephone poles is illegal. He also wanted residents and business owners to understand that they are responsible to maintain their property up to the curb. Apparently some areas have strips of high grass the property owners are avoiding.