Trustees OK purchase of events sign

GREENFORD – Green Township will get a new landmark in the form of a digital sign in a couple of weeks.

During Tuesday’s meeting, trustees approved the purchase of a $12,564 sign that will announce community events in a much brighter, eye-catching manner.

Zoning Officer Bill Pitts followed up on the trustee’s desire for a more visible and attractive way to communicate township messages to residents and said that of the three companies contacted, one failed to respond and one was more than twice the cost of the Saratoga, Fla.-based J.M. Stewart Signs DayStar LED model that trustees settled on.

Pitts said it has a four by six foot sign area and the largest letters are 16.5 inches and it can be hooked up to a remote modem, which was $300 of the total price, that also included $500 for shipping. He said with price will increase on July 1.

Pitts said he expected to have a masonry framework constructed locally and Trustee George Toy said they didn’t have to go with the brick but he liked it himself.

His only concern was where the sign is placed while suggesting the least expensive place is near the gazebo on state Route 165.

Pitts agreed and trustees said they would discuss the design to be placed above the digital screen later. Pitts said he would contact Stewart Signs and the township needed to send a deposit.

Toy said delivery time is three to five weeks.

In other business, Police Chief Steve McDaniel said the department had 515 events in April while putting 6,698 miles on cruisers.

He said the current a “Click it or Ticket” campaign is a “zero tolerance” program so anyone seen not wearing a seat belt will be cited. Conversely, the department is handing out Charlie Staples Restaurant coupons for 15 percent off food purchases through June 2 for anyone stopped wearing a seatbelt.

In other business, Fire Chief Todd Baird advised trustees of his meeting with Washingtonville council on Monday and that money leftover from the $12,000 the village gave to the department will be used for a couple of Scott air bottles.

He said fire department money would be used for $1,000 in repairs to Engine No. 217 that was damaged last winter and more recently.

Baird explained the vehicle slid on its own into a guardrail on State Route 14 last winter and while leaving the fire station two weeks ago it caught a grab handle.

He also explained the department decided to go in another direction with a new medical director who is an emergency trauma doctor at St. Joseph Hospital in Warren.

In other business, Recycling Coordinator Janet Schaffer said the recent tire drive collected 919 tires and $1,020 while she has not received a report on the document shredding drive; Pitts said there were three building permits issued in April, one for a single-family dwelling and two were non-fee permits; and the burned-out property on Salem Unity Road at the Egypt Road intersection was torn down and cleaned up.

The Greenford Ruritans Memorial Day Parade will be at 9 a.m., May 27 with assembly at the Greenford Christian Church.

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