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Trustees recognize dedication to township

January 2, 2014
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Austintown Township trustees paid tribute to two special people at the Dec. 23 meeting.

Joyce Pogany and Bill OHara were presented with proclamations honoring them for their efforts in putting together the Wickliffe tree lighting ceremony.

Pogany has spearheaded the ceremony for the past 27 years. She has been a member of the Austintown Board of Education, is the president of the Austintown Historical Society and has been involved in a variety of projects and community service events in the township.

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Fiscal Officer Laurie Wolfe read special proclamations at the Dec. 23 Austintown Township meeting to Joyce Pogany and Bill O'Hara, who for years have been instrumental in putting on the Wickliffe Christmas Tree Lighting.

"If anyone deserves the title of Mrs. Austintown, it is Joyce," said Trustee elect Ken Carano.

Trustee Lisa Oles said Pogany is the prime example of what community service is all about. She said many have no idea how much Pogany has done and continues to do for Austintown.

"There are a lot of public servants who seem to do a lot in front of the camera" Oles said. "But it is what is done when the camera is off that says a lot."

Pogany was given a chance to comment after receiving her proclamation.

"I love this community and everything in it" she said. "That is why I do what I do."

O'Hara also has a long-running record of helping with the tree lighting portraying Santa Claus for more than 20 years at the Wickliffe fire station.

"Christmas is very special to me every year," OHara said. "Hopefully I have made Christmas a little happier for everyone."

"Both Joyce and Bill are legends, not from age, but from all they have done for our community," said chairman Jim Davis.

In other business:

* Township Administrator Mike Dockry reported the Leharps Road project was confirmed for Issue I funding. He said the road has issues with water building under the surface and the project would allow the road to be rebuilt properly. According to Dockry, Westchester Drive has seen its first pot hole, which was patched for now. He said the road also has a water problem under the surface and the hope is to have it redone within the next two years.

* Trustees approved a temporary agreement with Lanes Ambulance Service to begin Jan. 5. The temporary agreement will cover the start of the year until a permanent agreement is passed.

* Trustees approved three nuisance properties along with two nuisance vehicles located at 4777 Mahoning Ave. and 580 North Turner Road.

* According to Park Department head Todd Shaffer, Township Park will be hosting a Christmas tree recycling drop off until Jan. 21. He also stated the new park logo contest will continue until Jan. 3.



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