Public meeting scheduled regarding gas aggregation

PERRY TWP. – Township residents wanting to discuss the issue of gas aggregation and whether to place it on the November ballot are invited to attend a public meeting at 6 p.m. July 14.

Trustees learned they only have to hold one public hearing, so the hearing previously set for June 23 before the next trustees’ meeting has been cancelled. The hearing in July will take place before the July 14 trustees’ meeting at the Perry Township administration building on North Ellsworth Avenue.

Last month, trustees said they’ll base their decision on what they hear from residents. With aggregation, everybody in the township would be pooled together so gas suppliers could buy cheaper and customers would see a discount on their bills based on the gas being purchased cheaper, Trustee Chairman Cliff Mix had explained.

In other business, trustees appropriated $75,000 from the road and bridge funds for line striping and the chip & seal program and $58,000 from the gas tax for microsurfacing. They also approved borrowing a roller from the Columbiana County engineer to get roads ready for chip and seal.

Township roads to be paved include Brooklyn Avenue and Hampton Place, with Hampton Place chipped and sealed in preparation for paving. Other roads for chip & seal include Egypt and Painter roads. Township roads to be microsurfaced include Manor Drive, Old Farm Lane, Highland East, Highland West, Highland Avenue and Brookview Drive.

Trustees moved Korey Nelson, of Austintown, from training status to part-time police officer status. Police Chief Mike Emigh said he would like to have another part-timer eventually to fill an open spot. The department currently has three part-time patrolman who also work at other departments. There are five full-time officers.

Fire Chief Bruce Whitcher asked whether trustees had heard any more information from the county prosecutor’s office concerning the proposed first responder program, but they said they had not. Fiscal Officer Susan Johnston said she was meeting with assistant prosecutor Andy Beech on another matter and would bring it up.

Trustee Don Kendrick, who also serves as the township zoning officer, reported four zoning permits issued so far in June, with 24 for the year to date.