On the record: Howland | News, Sports, Jobs



WHAT: Township trustee meeting Wednesday

PRESENT: Matt Vansuch, James LaPolla and Rick Clark


• Accepted the resignation of patrolman Adam Rios, who accepted a position in Solon, and the resignation of patrolman Mark Klaholz, who accepted a position with the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office;

• Approved a contract with Shelly and Sands at $504,623 for road resurfacing project for 2021 and also roads not done in 2020 starting in July. The paving is an Ohio Public Works Commission project;

• Approved advertising for bids through GPD for the storm sewer upgrades. The project will repair and make improvements to the Rolling Meadows culvert, Shady Lane / Old Farm Trail interceptor, and Allyson and North Road storm culvert. Public Works Director David McCann said the area has had problems for many years, including large sink holes someone could fall in;

• Approved the purchase of an excavator from Southeastern Equipment Co. at $59,539 through the state cooperative purchasing program. McCann said the equipment will be used at the cemetery for burials and will replace an older backhoe that will be put up for auction;

• Approved a mutual-aid agreement for law enforcement agencies in Mahoning and Columbiana counties, which has been in place for several years;

• Approved a mosquito control agreement with the Trumbull County Combined Health District reimbursing $2,000 for mosquito spraying within the township;

• Heard from Township Administrator Darlene St. George about seeking funds and grants for improvements at the Golden Triangle section. Howland students are scheduled to help clean up along roads in the area at 10 a.m. May 26;

• Heard from Vansuch the Ohio Department of Transportation is reviewing comments from residents on an additional turning lane at Howland Corners and also for work at state Route 82 and Howland Wilson Road;

• Heard from fire Chief James Pantalone a house that was burned earlier this year at 2536 Athena Drive will be rebuilt. Funds were received from the Foremost Insurance Group of $17,484;

• Heard from Planning Director Kim Mascarella that Healthy Communities grants are available to help businesses promote good food choices and being healthy, including installing bike racks;

• Announced a shredding day and Fill-A-Cruiser event will both be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 22 at the Howland senior center parking lot;

• Announced the local American Legion Post will host its Memorial Day service 10 a.m. May 31 at the cemetery;

• Announced the township-wide garage sale is set for June 3 to 5 with no permit fees required;

• Announced the farmers market will return to its outside setting 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 29 near the gazebo off East Market Street;

• Declared 20 properties nuisances in violation of the township zoning codes due to high grass. Officials said most properties are vacant and abandoned.

— Bob Coupland

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