Goshen trustees agree to dismantle building

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP- Trustees Monday night agreed to dismantle the building at Bunker Hill Cemetery and remove it from township insurance

Trustee Todd Beeson said the building is currently not being used and that the ground on which it sits would be better served as an area for cremations.

Beeson also reported that he spoke with adjacent property owners at the Bunker Hill and East Goshen cemeteries regarding possible purchase of land for expansion.

He said they will take some time to consider the offer. The trustees said they are looking to purchase the land now while they can and then develop it at a later time.

In other business the trustees renewed the township website effective in January for three years at a cost of $411, hired part-time road employee Randy Smith as full-time effective Dec. 1 at the same wage and promoted patrolman Matthew Beck to detective.

Also at the meeting, Police Chief Steve McDaniel read letters of accommodation for officers Michael Wirkner and Kevin Ragan for the apprehension of a burglar suspect last month in which Wirkner’s quick response caught the suspect on the scene and Ragan assisted with the investigation.

Additionally the trustees tabled discussion regarding the Mahoning County Green Team placing a clothing bin to collect items to benefit the state chapter of the Special Olympics in order to determine where to place it. Trustee Chair Bob McCracken also reported that the township’s recycling budget from the Green Team for 2014 has been reduced by 41 percent from this year to $7,080.

The trustees also answered an inquiry from resident Abe Bricker regarding the poor state of the recycling van, noting that they are considering replacing the vehicle with a pick up truck within the next three or four months.

The next regular trustees meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at the administration building.