Austintown Relay for Life chairperson Jenifer Pemberton informed township officials on Monday that fundraising efforts are not finished yet and the Austintown Relay for Life committee still has a few weeks left to meet its 2013 goal. She mentioned two upcoming events that should take them over the top.
"Our goal this year was $125,000," Pemberton said. "We raised over $100,000 at the Relay for Life at Fitch and as of right now we are at $116,440.50."
She said the deadline for fundraising this year is Aug. 31. With only a few weeks to go and roughly $9,000 needed to meet the goal, the local committee has come up with a few last-minute ideas.
Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Mark Cole from the Austintown Generational Enrichment committee and Chuck Jeswald from Jeswald Towing and Recovery show a Trumbull County map they are hoping to copy for Austintown and use it as a fundraiser.
"The Skate Zone heard we were short of our goal and asked if they could help," Pemberton said.
From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Skate Zone will have special skate and fun packages with 50 percent of all activity going to the Austintown Relay.
Pemberton said the committee is also planning a "Finish the Fight" event at Austintown Township Park from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. The event will feature music, food, games, sand art, cornhole tournaments and more, but the special part of the event will be one particular guest. Dr. Gary K Koski from the department of biological sciences at Kent State University will be on hand to speak about his role in developing cancer vaccines.
Trustee Jim Davis told Pemberton, "What your organization does is amazing. There is no doubt you will meet your goals."
Also addressing trustees was Mark Cole from the Austintown Generational Enrichment committee. He presented a map of Trumbull County that's similar to one he is would like to create for Austintown. He said he met with representatives from the Warren Tribune Chronicle, who will produce the whimsical, comic map featuring artist renderings of area businesses. He said he is hoping for 100 Austintown businesses to jump on board the Austintown Area Community Pride Map.
"If we can get 100 businesses to join in we will make $5,000," he said. "The proceeds can be used at the senior center for more improvements."
For information about the map, email Cole at Markcoleins@aol.com.
In other business:
Trustees awarded Perram Electric Inc. from Wadsworth, the contract for the Raccoon Road pedestrian lighting project. Perram's bid was $185,507.50. Also bidding were Main Lite Electric at $193,671.65 and B&J Electric at $254,251.30.
Trustees awarded Butch & McCree Paving Inc. from Hillsville, Pa., with the contract for the Pinecrest Avenue Storm Sewer Improvement project, phase I. The successful bid was for $159,104. Also bidding were Foust Construction at $170,031.80 and Miller Yount at $174,374.20.
Trustees approved 26 nuisance properties for high grass.
Police Chief Robert Gavalier said he met with school officials last week to put together safety and traffic pattern plans for the new school year, which begins in a few weeks. He asked residents to bear with the traffic pattern and give officials time to tweak it.
Approval was given for motion to demolish dwellings at 1476 County Line Road, 6425 Mahoning Ave., 3160 South Meridian Road, 4259 Mahoning Ave., and 5469 West Rockwell Road.
Two vehicles parked at 3325 Myrwood Lane and one at 114 Javit Court that are inoperable and with expired or no plates were declared a public nuisance and will be ordered for removal.
Davis thanked Chuck Jeswald from Jeswald Towing and Recovery for putting on a training program for the police and fire departments involving overturned tanker trucks.
Rosemary Jones presented information about a golf outing she is having on Sept. 28 at Knoll Run in memory of her son, Eddie Cantor. Cantor had attended Youngstown State University for a degree in criminal justice and served as a parole officer and volunteer with the U.S. Marshall Violent Fugitive Task Force. He passed away at age 38 and Jones is holding the golf outing to raise funds for a scholarship for a student pursuing criminal justice at YSU.