Goshen trustees put off vote on police contracts

GOSHEN TWP. – The township trustees Monday night tabled discussion about new police contracts.

The trustees have scheduled a special meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 18 at the administration building to discuss the contracts to provide police protection to Green Township and Beloit, as well as the school resource officer to West Branch Local Schools.

The contracts expire at the end of this year and Green Township trustees are seeking bids for their next one, with bids to be opened on Aug. 19.

Trustee Chair Bob McCracken said that Beloit Village Council also tabled the issue Monday night.

In other business the trustees hired Kenneth McLaughlin II of Boardman as a part-time patrolman for the police department and approved updated policies outlining the responsibilities of lieutenant, corporal and detective.

Police Chief Steve McDaniel also reminded residents to continue to lock their cars, garages and houses with break-ins still occurring the area.

OPWC funding: Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti updated the trustees about his office’s work during 2013. When questioned about road resurfacing projects, including Garfield Road, he said that the projects have been delayed for the time being due to budgetary issues at the county level.

Ginnetti also reported that his office is working with communities to develop the best possible projects to submit for Ohio Public Works Commission funding, the majority of which this year went to Trumbull County, which is in the

same district as Mahoning. He said that the funds are awarded to projects heavily influenced by traffic count and can’t be relied upon, particularly in smaller communities such as Goshen Township, but offered to review the Damascus sewer system project the trustees have been attempting to get funded by the OPWC.

The project and OPWC issue will also be discussed at the Aug. 18 special meeting.

Yesteryears: Trustee Todd Beeson is encouraging anyone with old photographs depicting historical moments in the township to share them for the trustees’ yesteryear section of their display for Canfield Fair. He said photographs may be dropped off the police department office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or by contacting any of the trustees.

Recycling appreciation: The Recycling Department will host its annual Customer Appreciation Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Seacrist Road location, including a scrap tire drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and electronics drive from 9 a.m. to noon. Refreshments will be available.

Cost to recycle car or LT tires will be $1 each up to 10 and $1.50 for each additional ($3 for those on rims); truck or skid loader $8 each ($9 on the rim); and tractor $17 each ($20 on rim). CRT monitors and televisions will cost $1 per inch diagonally. Flat screen TVs and monitors, as well as most other electronics will be free.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at the administration building.