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Green Township seeking levy renewal

GREENFORD — Green Township residents will be voting on a general operations levy renewal in November.

Township trustees this week agreed to place the 1.5-mill, five-year renewal on the November ballot. The levy, which does not raise taxes, generates $130,279 annually for general operation of the township. It costs the owner of a $100,000 home $45.57 annually.

In other business, trustees approved a contract with the village of Washingtonville to provide fire and EMS service to the entire village, including the portion in Columbiana County south of state Route 14, at a cost of $9,005 per year. Fire Chief Todd Baird, acting on behalf of the trustees, presented the option to Washingtonville officials in March, suggesting his department could provide the service at the same $10,000 annual cost the village was paying Leetonia.

The offer came after the department added daytime staffing from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Green Township residents in November approved a fire equipment levy. Baird told Washingtonville officials the township is now investing in personnel to use the equipment, noting the township trustees authorized him to suggest the contract with Washingtonville to help cover personnel costs.

Washingtonville had previously been paying Green Township whatever possible through its fire fund.

Baird noted his department has run 34 more calls than at this time last year and due to the creation of daytime staffing, response time has dropped nearly five minutes from this time last year to 6 minutes, 23 seconds per call.

Also at the meeting, trustees approved the continued lease of community property on Lisbon Road to the United States Postal Service for a post office at a cost of $3,800 per year; accepted a bid of $20,500 from Blacktop Specialists in Boardman to pave the alley around Green Star from state Route 165 to Lisbon Road; approved $1,181.88 to repair the digital sign in the square, although due to a supply shortage, it is unknown when the part will be available; and presented an award to Goshen Police Chief Steve McDaniel in recognition of his retirement.

The annual Fireman’s Festival will return in full at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at the community building/fire hall property.

The next regular trustees meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at the community building.

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