Green trsutees to seek bids for police protection contract

GREEN TWP. – Township trustees will seek bids for its next police protection contract.

The township is currently served by the Goshen Police District and voters in May approved a 3.9 mill renewal levy for maintaining police protection for a continuing period that generates $270,000 annually. The current contract expires at the end of this year.

Fiscal Officer Randy Chismar said the new contract will be submitted to interested agencies and bids opened at 7 p.m. during the trustees next meeting on Aug 19.

Goshen Police Cpl. John Calko provided trustees with a list of nine incidents since March that the department has handled in Washingtonville due to that department’s lack of staffing. He noted that the department has also assisted Washingtonville police with cases that department’s officers are not equipped to handle.

Calko also provided bios on each of the department’s 16 full and part-time officers and staff.

In other business the trustees approved $3,025.75 for the purchase of two desktop and two laptop computers from Salem Computer Center, plus a desktop monitor and Microsoft licenses; and $10,999 for the purchase of a mower from Agnew Farm Equipment.

The trustees also accepted a $148,000 FEMA grant for the purchase of a brush truck for the fire department; approved the addition of Adam Guerrieri of Boardman to the fire department; and agreed to pursue Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) funding to pave Beaver Creek/Middletown Road between state Route 165 and Lisbon Road.

Also at the meeting Recycling Coordinator Janet Schaffer reminded residents that the recycling department does not accept Styrofoam after reporting that the amount of trash being left at the recycling center is increasing. Trustee Mark Stepuk suggested possibly posting signs stating what is acceptable.

Zoning Inspector Bill Pitts reported that the zoning appeals and zoning commission agreed to seek legal counsel from the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office regarding a proposed zoning change on U.S. Route 62 that would permit businesses in residential zones.

Fire Chief Todd Baird said the 69th Annual Volunteer Firemen’s Festival Craft and Vendor Show will be held at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 2, rain or shine, at the Greenford Bobcat Space center on state Route 165.

The next regular trustees meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 19 at the community building.