At the Boardman Township Trustees meeting on Aug. 27, trustees honored Boardman Community Baseball's 10- and 11-year-old division of girl's softball team for winning the 2013 state championship. It is the the first time in BBC history that this age division has won a state title.
The girls were each invited to the front for individual recognition and congratulations and then were each presented with an official proclamation from the township as well as a commemorative coin.
Once the team members were all up front, trustees presented the girls with a special metal sign that reads, "Boardman, OH - Home of the 2013 10 - 11 Year Old Girls State Softball Championships." The sign is eventually to be hung on the fence at the Field of Dreams, a township official said.
Boardman Township Trustees present the Boardman Community Baseball 11-year-old girls all star team with a commemorative sign for their triumph in the 2013 state championship. Honored at the meeting were, kneeling in front, Gabi Pantaleo, Maddy Trell, and Melissa Davanzo, in the middle, assistant coach Mike Trell, Marisa Melewski, Gwen Lesnansky, Sophia McGee, Logan Menosky, Jenna Burns, and Jersey Gorby; and in back Trustee Tom Costello, Trustee Larry Moliterno, scorekeeper Tony Pantaleo, manager Brian Gorby and Trustee Brad Calhoun.
Trustee Larry Moliterno told the girls that they had set an example of how teams are supposed to go and play at the championships.
"You were out there and individually you went out there and you played your hearts out and you brought back that championship, but we also know that by the name on the front of your shirts 'Boardman' that you represented Boardman really well and appropriately not only on the field, but off the field," Moliterno said.
Trustees also honored coach Brian Gorby, assistant coach Mike Trell, and scorekeeper Tony Pantaleo.
In other business:
At the recommendation of police Chief Jack Nichols, trustees gave approval for the purchase of two new police vehicles, including a 2014 Ford Utility Interceptor at a cost of $26,484 and a 2014 Ford Focus at a cost of $15,699. Nichols said that these vehicles will be used as unmarked police cars.
For the police department, the board also approved the purchase of two Motorola XTL2500 mobile radios and five Motorola XTS 2500 handheld radios. Nichols said that the radios will help speed up the whole process of radio patching from Beaver Township and Canfield agencies to Boardman. In the instance that a person who is being chased from Beaver or Canfield crosses into Boardman, those neighboring agencies will be able to patch more speedily into Boardman's radio. The $22,492.77 price tag for the radios will be paid for from the Law Enforcement Trust Fund.
Nichols also reported that on Thursday, Aug. 29, the police department planned to install the first of a series of emergency radios. Eventually one will be installed in every school in the township. Nichols said that the project is a joint effort with the fire department, also noting the unique way that the installation is being paid for.
"They're the surplus radios that were taken out of service when the new system came in, and the cost for doing this is going to be paid for from the Law Enforcement Trust Fund, which means we are going to let the criminals pay for the expense of increasing the level of safety in our schools," Nichols said.
Nichols said that the radios would provide a direct line to emergency dispatch.
The township moved to initiate a petition to rezone 215 parcels of undeveloped wooded land at the corner of Matthews Road and Sheridan Road, from Residential R-2 District to Residential R-1 District in accordance with Section 519.12 of the Ohio Revised Code.
Approval was given for the purchase of one Ventrac Tough Cut mower deck from Baker Vehicle Systems of Macedonia, at the state co-op price of $2,697.73.
Based on the recommendation of Zoning Inspector Sarah Gartland and in accordance with ORC Section 505.86, the board adopted a resolution to notify the property owners at 5007 Southern Blvs. and 116 Shadyside Drive that said dwellings constitute a public nuisance and are directed for repair or razing within the next 30 days.
Fire Chief George Brown announced that Boardman Fire Department would have its open house this year from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12.