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McGlynn sworn in as trustee

June 14, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Prior to the start of the regular township meeting on Monday, Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas Judge Anthony D'Apolito gave the oath of office to Doug McGlynn, who will now fill out the remaining term of Rev. Rick Stauffer, who stepped down after being transferred to a western Pensylvania church.

"When you create a vacancy, you always want things to be better," Stauffer said. "I think it will be with Doug on board."

McGlynn, a 1977 Fitch graduate, served as a principal at Fitch High School for 23 years before retiring in 2013. After he retired, he went on to accept the position of Superintendent of Western Reserve School District, and he looks forward to serving Austintown Township.

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Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Anthony D'Apolito swore in Austintown Township's newest trustee, Doug McGlynn prior to the start of Monday's meeting. Joining her husband was Maribeth McGlynn. Also in attendance was former trustee Rick Stauffer, who stepped down after being transferred to a western Pennsylvania church.

"I am very privileged to be stepping into this position," McGlynn said. "Anything I can do to help the township, to make it better, is my goal."

After a short break following the swearing in ceremony, McGlynn took his place for his first official meeting.

At the meeting, trustees Ken Carano and Jim Davis welcomed McGlynn and then started dealing with the issues at hand. One issue involved a lot of questions about the new Meijer's store.

"I had 26 phone calls on the Meijer's store," Carano said.

He said people were concerned the store chain was looking at building in Boardman instead, but Carano confirmed that was not the case.

"They bought the property on Mahoning Avenue for around $2.5 million and invested between a half million and a million in demolition," he said. "The Austintown store will open in 2021. They are coming to Austintown. What they are doing in Boardman is another store and that is Boardman's problem to decide if they want it."

Carano said Meijer's is looking to establish a region in this area. At present, the nearest Meijer's store is in North Canton. He said to establish a region, they would need multiple stores that could be served out of a central warehouse.

On a different issue, the trustees discussed a new noise resolution that would set down guidelines to regulate unwanted noise in neighborhoods. The prior resolution passed in 1993 regulated liquor establishments, but did not have a set time for "quiet" hours.

The proposed resolution established quiet hours between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. seven days a week. After a discussion expanding it to 11 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, trustees decided to table the issue until the next meeting.

"From time to time we get concerns from residents where neighbors play music too loud," said Chairman Jim Davis.

He said the new regulation with the defined "quiet hours" would give police a tool to be able to fine someone if they refused to turn down the volume within that time frame.

The idea to extend the Friday and Saturday times were to allow businesses to have outdoor concerts within a reasonable time frame. He said such a move would help to not discourage businesses.

The noise issue made resident Eric Newton happy. Newton also mentioned the fireworks in the township, which are getting out of hand.

Davis said, "Fireworks are illegal in the state of Ohio. Our police officers will follow up on complaints."

On a different issue, Carano mentioned the township's 2.4 mill replacement levy that was narrowly defeated recently. He said it will be back on the ballot again.

"No one likes a levy," he said. "We are only asking for funds to maintain the services we have."

He said the real issue is the amount of funds the state has taken away from Austintown. Of the tax money sent to the state, Carano said the township only receives 37 percent back. He said the rest goes into the state's rainy day fund, which he would like to see given back to the cities and townships.

In other business:

Township administrator Mike Dockry thanked Mahoning County for a grant the township received to do road resurfacing and sidewalk repairs in the North Wickliffe area. He said the grant was for repaving and sidewalk repairs in areas with low to moderate income levels. Dockry said Austintown has four such areas.

Parks Supervisor Todd Shaffer thanked the Austintown Junior Soccer League, who supplied two new soccer nets for the fields at Township Park.

The Austintown Eagles Club was thanked for making a $1,000 donation to the police department and a $1,000 donation to the fire department.

Trustees agreed to declare 4018 Lanterman Road as a nuisance property that will allow the township to go in an remove the junk from the property.

Zoning inspector Darren Crivelli reported Hollywood Racino took out a building permit for a $1.1 million addition. He said the plan is to take the smoking section and expand the building to allow for more slot machines.

It was mentioned that Austintown's National Night Out has been set for Tuesday, August 7. During the month of July, Dietz and Watson meats will hold specials at area Giant Eagle stores leading up to the event, with the proceeds going to the Austintown Fire Department. The company will also be present during the event in August.

 
 

 

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