Goshen Police District personnel moves approved

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP- The township trustees Monday night approved several personnel moves for the Goshen Police District.

The trustees approved the resignations of Det. Kevin Stratton, who has taken a full-time position on the Boardman Police Department, effective April 6; reserve officer Mitchell Gobely effective April 7; and reserve officer James Nichols, who was hired last week.

The trustees also promoted part-time officer Matthew Beck to full-time effective April 7 and hired as reserve officers Brandon Bridgewater of Kent and Tyler Thaxton of Columbiana.

In other business the trustees approved a mutual aid agreement between the police department and the village of Washingtonville, in both Mahoning and Columbiana counties. The trustees also approved updates to the road department policy manual, including a new sequential disciplinary policy; and cemetery rules and regulations, addressing the growing popularity in cremation burials.

Additionally the trustees approved the Green Team recycling site lease agreement for 2013 at $12,000, including the sites at the maintenance garage on Seacrist Road, the Damascus Fire Station No. 1 on state Route 534 and the Colonial Villa Estates on Goshen Road, as well as a business route.

The trustees also granted permission to the Sebring-West Branch Hot Stove League to use the baseball field at the Administration Building with the league assuming maintenance responsibilities; approved a resolution expressing agreement with the Mahoning County Solid Waste Management District’s management plan update; and agreed to send Trustee Todd Beeson to the county board of health’s wastewater seminar May 7 and 8 for $15.

Also at the meeting, Damascus Fire Chief John Bricker reported that the department received a $10,000 grant through the Ohio Department of Commerce for radio equipment and turnout gear. He said that Assistant Chief Derek Day has also applied for a couple more grants, but won’t know the results for another few months.

Road Foreman Jim Stryffeler reported that he can purchase emulsion for chip and sealing roadways this summer, but must use limestone instead of slag. He said the materials can still be be purchased from East Fairfield Coal Co., but that the trustees need to decide roads will be resurfaced as soon as possible since the stone is scarce. The trustees agreed to meet to examine the roads and determine which ones should be resurfaced.

Recycling Coordinator Paul Manypenny reported that there will be a scrap drive the week of May 18 at the Seacrist Road site and a household hazardous waste collection from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 11 at the Canfield Fairgrounds.

The next regular trustees meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 13 at the Administration Building.

Kevin Howell can be reached at khowell@salemnews.net