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Green Twp. Trustees move forward with fire equipment levy Nov. 3

GREENFORD — The Green Township trustees will move forward with a levy for fire department equipment on the November ballot.

Trustees will seek a 1.5 mill levy that is expected to generate between $120,00 and $130,000 annually for equipment only.

The levy is at the request of Fire Chief Todd Baird, who said the funds would free up money to pay firefighters for calls. He told trustees the township’s fire department is one of the few remaining, if any, that operates entirely on volunteer service.

In other business, trustees approved a resolution accepting CARES Act funds and requiring the fiscal officer to submit it as required. It is not yet known how much the township will receive.

Trustees also hired township residents Mike Sofranko and Doug Horst for the fire department and approved a waiver for a disinterment at Calla Cemetery.

Also at the meeting, Baird, who is also the township administrator, reported he met with the Mahoining County Engineer’s Office regarding the creation of a grid on CAD for the cemeteries; road striping has been completed; and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) replaced some catch basins at state Route 165 and Lisbon Road. He also reported EMS/fire calls have picked up to pre-COVID levels and UH Hospitals donated to the fire department an “EZ-IO” drill and two video laryngoscopes valued at $1,000.

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

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