Goshen trustees, residents pay tribute to late Hilda Spack, former fiscal officer

GOSHEN TWP. –Township trustees and residents paid tribute to a former elected official Monday night.

Prior to their meeting, trustees observed a moment of silence for former long-time township fiscal officer Hilda Spack, who passed away two weeks ago.

Former trustee Abe Bricker spoke fondly of Spack, reflecting on her service to the township, helping make the trustees more fiscally responsible and transparent.

“She was a wonderful lady for our township and we can all be proud of what she did here,” he said.

In other business, trustees agreed to have the administration building tested for asbestos after trustee chairman Bob McCracken updated the other trustees on the repairs to the interior of the administration building damaged by a storm in August. He said bids for the project should be advertised by the end of the month; however, a contractor who was providing an early estimate noted glue containing asbestos was likely used to secure the floor tiles.

McCracken said insurance will cover the cost to test for asbestos and if there is asbestos, the repair costs will have to be adjusted to include abatement.

Also at the meeting, trustees hired Zachary Scott of Kingsman and Matthew King of Akron as part-time police officers.

Trustees also limited the police department’s towing contract list to six companies at the recommendation of Police Chief Steve McDaniel. Any additional companies interested in towing for the department can be added to a list, with the first one being moved up whenever one of the six current companies withdraw, McDaniel said.

McDaniel also reported the department has purchased specialty plates for cruisers that identify the units. McDaniel said the plates will make it easier to identify the driver whenever there is a complaint.

Additionally the trustees requested the road department compile a current list of veterans buried in township cemeteries and to keep it up to date following a recent complaint by someone whose father is buried in one of the cemeteries who said his father did not have a flag placed on his grave for Veterans Day.

The trustees also approved the purchase of a 2017 backhoe at a cost of $97,430 including multiple add-ons, dependent on the trade-in value of the current backhoe. Trustee Roger Heineman voted no after questioning the need for some of the add-ons.

Also, trustees agreed to offer the land deed for the property containing an abandoned house in the Garfield area north of Damascus to the neighbors across the road who are attempting to sell their home. The transfer of the deed would be contingent on the neighbors paying to raze the abandoned house. McCracken said Mahoning County administration had previously offered to deed over the property to the township at no cost if the township would raze the house and clean up the property, which was estimated at $7,350 at the time.

Trustees asked McCracken to investigate whether the county would still give the township the deed, which could then be transferred to the neighbors if they pay to raze the house.

McCracken said he would look into the matter for the next meeting.

The next regular trustees meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the administration building.