Trustees OK?Goshen police resignations

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP- Township trustees Monday night approved police department personnel moves.

The trustees accepted the resignations of part-time officer Daniel Breen, who took a full-time position on a South Carolina police department, effective immediately; and part-time desk officer Jessica Zepernick effective July 24 due to conflicts in her work schedule. The trustees also hired Steve Kotheimer as a reserve officer and Richard Coughman as a part-time officer.

Also under police matters, Fiscal Officer Tom Knoedler shared a letter of appreciation from a township resident thanking the police department for officers who recently stopped to help her after her dog was hit in the road.

Additionally Chief Steve McDaniel commended desk officer Katie Glasser and Lt. Rob Wittensoldner for their hard work and excellent job creating the department’s display for the Canfield Fair.

Pine tree complaint: A resident in the area of Duck Creek Road and state Route 165 asked trustees for assistance in stopping a tree trimming company from cutting a pine tree on her property. She said the company wants to top the tree, but that she doesn’t think any trimming needs to be done since it is not in the electric wires. She noted that she spoke with Ohio Edison, which said it would take 14 days to consider the complaint.

The trustees told the resident that the township has no jurisdiction regarding the tree since it is behind the right-of-way and that the company trims areas infrequently, so the pine tree in question is likely scheduled to be trimmed so it won’t interfere with the lines before the company returns.

Sharon Lynn administration change: Jessica Oates, director of the Sharon Lynn Girls Home off Goshen Road, told trustees that she is resigning the post and will be replaced by Donita Mazzei. She also reported that between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013, the group home handled 33 youth, unifying nine back to their families, moving 12 to less restrictive foster homes and assisting six into independent housing once of age. She thanked the community and safety service departments for their support of the home.

Other business: Roads Foreman Jim Stryffeler reported that the culvert replacements on Diagonal Road are complete and that Smith Goshen and Duck Creek roads from Garfield to U.S. Route 62 have been striped. Trustees commended Stryffeler and Road Department employee Randy Smith for their work on Diagonal Road.

The trustees approved a contract with the Mahoning County Hazardous Materials Response Team to participate in a one-cost pay structure for billing for all fire departments in the county; and granted permission for the Mahoning County Board of Health to host immunization clinics at the Administration Building the first Wednesday of each month for 2014.

Recycling Coordinator Paul Manypenny reminded community members of the department’s Customer Appreciation Day/Tire and Electronics Drive Sept. 14 at the Seacrist Road garage. The customer appreciation and tire drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the electronics drive from 9 a.m. to noon. Flat screen television and computer monitors will be accepted at no charge, but there will still be a fee for analog screens.

Trustee Chair Bob McCracken reported that the township saved 13 cents per gallon on gas due to the new 1,000 gallon tank installed at the Administration Building.

The next regular trustees meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Administration Building.