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Green Township trustees to consider levy for fire equipment

GREENFORD – The Green Township trustees will meet Tuesday to consider placing a fire levy on the November ballot.

The trustees will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the community building to discuss the option of placing a fire levy on the November ballot to help pay for equipment and free up funds to pay firefighters for calls.

Trustees this week asked Fiscal Officer Randy Chismar to review the department’s finances and present his findings at the special meeting after Fire Chief and Village Administrator Todd Baird requested trustees consider a levy to generate more funds for the department. Baird noted the department is one of the very few remaining in Ohio that operates entirely on volunteer service and suggested a levy for equipment would free up money to pay personnel for calls.

In other business, the trustees agreed to consider a speed limit change for Pine Lake Road between Beaver Creek and Lisbon roads after some residents complained of speeding vehicles on the roadway. They asked that the speed limit be lowered from the current 45 miles per hour to either 35 or 40 miles per hour. Chismar said there will have to be a traffic study and approval from the county to reduce the speed limit.

Trustees also granted permission for the Boy Scouts to use the Coy Park pavilions without payments for meetings and campouts. All other entities will have to pay rental fees for use of the pavilions.

Additionally trustees approved a recycling agreement with the Mahoning County Green Team for 2021 at $4,000. Baird also reported a security camera has been installed at the recycling center to help prevent trash being dropped off at the bins.

Also at the meeting, Baird reported there is still no decision regarding the fireman’s festival. He said he is awaiting guidelines from the state, but expects them to be the same as county fairs.

The next regular trustees meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 25 at the community building.

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