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Trustees look into review of plans for Fire Station 2

March 20, 2014
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Canfield Township trustees approved bringing in another building inspector to insure a 2003 addition to Fire Station 2 on Messerly Road was done correctly. The station has been experiences excessive temperature ranges.

Outside last week's meeting, Fire Chief Don Hutchison explained the problems. He said the thermostat registers 74 degrees, yet the bunk room where firemen sleep is only 54-degrees. At the same time, the attic is registering in the 90-degree range.

''We had an inspector go through the building and give us a list of things that need to be done to correct the problem,'' said Township Administrator Keith Rogers.

Trustees questioned if the addition was done according to the architect's drawings when it was built. Rogers said he already has scheduled a second inspection to insure the plans were adhered to.

There was also a concern over proper fire walls, but that issue would have been done to 2003 standards.

On a different issue, former township trustee Anthony Bettile questioned a Feb. 25 settlement concerning a suspension for Township Zoning Inspector Dave Morrison. The resolution gave Morrison pay for a one week suspension related to disciplinary action taken last year when Bettile was in office.

Trustee Marie Cartwright gave a timeline of the situation. She said in August of 2013, Morrison was discovered using his township computer for personal business. On August 28 trustees passed a disciplinary action resulting a week off without pay. Morrison was informed of the action Aug. 29

Morrison filed a grievance on Aug. 29 with Teamsters Local 377. On Sept. 12, the union filed an intent to arbitrate, and arbitrator was selected and the hearing was set for Jan. 24. The arbitrator couldn't make the date and it was to be rescheduled.

Cartwright said on Feb. 19, the township's attorney met with union officials and a tentative agreement was reached that gave Morrison the pay for his week off, but kept the disciplinary action on his record. On Feb. 25 trustees agreed in a 2-1 vote to approve the settlement.

''This was neglect of duty and misuse of township equipment,'' Bettile said. ''Last month we gave his (Morrison) pay back. Basically he got a paid week's vacation. I'd like to know why.''

Chairman Stephen Maszczak replied, ''I, as a board member, agree that Mr. Morrison's actions were inappropriate.[To pursue the matter further] would have cost the township more, so this board took into account the outcomes.

He said the union, Morrison, and the trustees came up with the best solution and that was what was approved on Feb. 25.

Cartwright said, ''I disagree with the action of the board. He (Morrison) broke the rules and this board has awarded an employee for doing wrong.''

In other business trustees:

* Approved township vehicle repairs for rotors, brakes and an oil change not to exceed $672.74 and township truck 204 repairs to left rear wheel and ABS sensor at a cost of $997.53;

* Approved trustees and fiscal officer to attend the Good Morning Canfield breakfast on April 4;

* Approved trustees, fiscal officer and administrator to attend the Mahoning County township meeting in Green Township;

* Heard from trustee Brian Governor who said he attended a two-day seminar in Columbus on budgets and submitted a list of things to look at for the 2015 and 2016 budgets. He also said the township truck fleet is getting old and since it takes 6-7 months to purchase a new one, it should be ordered soon;

* Approved warrants and electronic payments of $69,306.59 and a $34,000 park loan payment;

* Approved the purchase of five Microsoft ''Surface'' tablets at a cost of $2,694.85.; and

* Approved Hepatitis vaccinations at a cost of $495, to be given to township employees working on the lift station at Township Park.



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