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Goshen Township trustees’ service praised

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP–This week saw the final meeting of two of the three Goshen Township trustees.

Trustee Chairman Bob McCracken who has been a trustee for 20 years, most of which as the chairman, lost in the November election to Shawn Mesler while Rob Spencer who served 16 years previously before being apppointed for the past 14 months, lost to John Bricker. Both trustees will be stepping down on Jan. 1.

At the meeting this week, department heads and residents alike thanked McCracken and Spencer for their service to the township and acknowledged the hard work they put in to ensure the township was operating efficiently.

Spencer said he enjoyed working for the township residents and thanked the other two trustees for giving him the opportunity to serve again when the seat opened up.

McCracken, who is also the current president of the Mahoning County Township Association and serves on the Mahoning County Solid Waste Board, thanked the residents for their support the past many years and said he also enjoyed his service very much. He said he has served as trustee solely for the township and not for personal gain and expressed a desire to see the township succeed in the future.

“I hope the township continues to thrive in the future and from what I have seen (from the incoming trustees), it will be handled well,” he said.

McCracken did have some parting advice for the incoming trustees – he encouraged them to get involved in the county and local organizations in order to bring information and ideas back to the township.

Fiscal Officer Tom Knoedler finished the meeting by complimenting McCracken and Spencer, and noting particularly the amount of work McCracken did that many people may not have noticed.

“[McCracken] did so much for the township that is not publicly seen, a lot of behind the scenes work that is taken for granted,” he said. “He’ll really be missed.”

Also at the meeting, trustees approved the 2020 towing contract for the police department. Police Chief Steve McDaniel said the contract is the same as 2019 with minor changes for costs such as fuel. The contract is capped at five companies, which are the same ones as last year– Springer’s, Geary’s, Wertz, Canfield and American.

Trustees also approved the addition of a ninth full-time police officer and promoted part-time officer James Dubiel to the position effective Jan. 5; and accepted the resignation of police officer Gina Cackovic effective Dec. 16.

Additionally the trustees approved the 2020 fire protection contract with the Damascus Fire Department. Knoedler said the contract is the same as 2019 with an increase of approximately $500 projected in tax collection. The contract is funded by the township’s fire protection levy. The fire department board of trustees has already approved the contract.

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