HUBBARD Officials question JEDD proposal

Hubbard city and township officials will meet Nov. 19 to hash out the land problem.
HUBBARD -- City council has advanced the creation of a joint economic development district with Hubbard Township, but there's a hang-up.
City and township officials have been working since spring on the creation of the district, or JEDD, that would make way for construction of an $8.5 million truck plaza.
Flying J Inc. proposes construction of the plaza on 24 of a total 95 acres on the west side of state Route 62, just north of Interstate 80, in the township.
During a caucus session before Monday's regular meeting, some lawmakers took exception to six smaller parcels on the east side of Route 62 being included in the JEDD proposal. They total 13 acres.
"I think this is going to be a problem," said Councilman John Marshall, D-2nd.
Discussion: Marshall, Councilwoman Bonnie Viele, D-1st, and Councilman William Williams, D-at-large, said they never discussed the east side properties with township officials.
"I don't remember talking about it. We need some clarification here," Viele told lawmakers.
Trustee Fred Hanley said Monday night the east side properties were discussed with city officials as early as March.
Although there are no plans for the east side property, Hanley explained, it's part of the long-range development of the area.
The land on both sides of the road are owned by developers Edward and Charles Margala.
Under the draft agreement that was advanced to a second reading by council, the city will not annex the land.
In exchange, the city will receive the income tax generated from jobs created in the JEDD. The city will also provide city water, electricity and sanitary sewer services.
City and township officials will meet Nov. 19 to discuss the proposed agreement.
Other matters: In another matter, safety director Robert Paterniti told council he wants to purchase four biohazard suits for the Hubbard Volunteer Fire Department.
Paterniti said the suits, which cost $1,000 each, will allow a team of four firefighters to get at the source of a hazardous materials spill that is either accidental or a terrorist attack.
He said Trumbull County Hazmat takes about 45 minutes to respond to a call of a spill. That time could be cut in half if the volunteers had the protective suits, he said.
Paterniti said the fire department not only responds to spills at Truck World and the I-80 weigh station, but it will be responsible for the proposed Flying J facility.
Also, council moved salary legislation to a third reading. The legislation would increase four administrative salaries by 3 percent, effective Jan. 1.
The mayor's secretary would be paid $26,200; street department superintendent, $34,000; electric superintendent, $37,080; and water/waste water superintendent, $37,080.

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