Trustees hired a new police officer and set new guidelines for the cemetery maintenance.
By MARY SMITH
MINERAL RIDGE -- Weathersfield Township trustees have approved $19,107 to renovate Earl K. Sheldon Memorial Chapel at the township-owned Kerr Cemetery.
At their meeting Tuesday at the cemetery, on Carson-Salt Springs Road, trustees approved the bid from Kevin A. Hood Construction Co., Mineral Ridge.
Trustees named Sam Verlenich a full-time police officer. He joins the 11 full-time officers on the force, including the chief. He will earn $15.73 an hour in his first year.
Trustees also hired Jamison Duglaw as a part-time police officer, promoting him from a reserve officer.
Rates review: Trustee George Bucella told township administrator David Pugh that the township needs to look at its rates and fees, and Pugh said they would be reviewed over the winter.
Pugh also admonished residents that, starting next summer, overgrown flower beds will be cut as grass is cut at the township cemeteries. He added that trees and shrubs are not supposed to be planted on cemetery plots.
He said if shrubs come out when crews work in the cemetery, they will not be replaced. "We are trying to keep things off the ground so we can mow," he explained.
Thermal imaging: Fire Chief Randy Pugh noted that the township's new thermal imaging camera saved a great deal of unnecessary damage to a residence on St. Marys Drive last week because it detected the exact location of the fire, which was in the basement.
Chairman Fred Bobovnyk added that the trustees plan to look into buying more cameras so all three township stations have them.
Police Capt. Joseph Consiglio asked residents to be more aware and call police if they see suspicious activity during the daytime. He said there were two daylight burglaries in the township recently.