MEETING ROUNDUP Township trustees

Trustees approved these actions Tuesday night:
U A zoning change request from John Choppa and Phillip Petrosky to change five lots they own at Broadway Avenue and Youngstown Hubbard Road from residence 1 (R1) to business 2 (B2).
U Assessment of a cleanup charge for two private properties at Route 7 and Chestnut Ridge Road.
U Letters of intent to demolish derelict structures to be sent to owners of five properties and one letter of intent to demolish a fire-damaged home.
U Purchase of Ohio State Township Association Annexation manual covering new laws taking effect Oct. 26, 2001.
U Payment of lost time to an injured road department employee through Dec. 5, 2001. The employee, who has worked for the township for 31/2 years, developed poison oak and was treated with steroids, which caused other physical problems, according to Trustee Fred Hanley. Trustees said that by paying the lost time the township saves money in the workers' compensation system.
U Inclusion in a Joint Economic Development District proposal that the township receives its agreed-upon tax percentage regardless of Hubbard City's tax abatement policies. The proposal covers any property to be annexed in the future.
U Authorization for Chief Todd Coonce to enter or change a purchase agreement as needed to get prompt delivery of a 2001 or 2002 Ford Crown Victoria cruiser.
U Agreed to meet in a work session 7 p.m. Sept. 18 in the administration building to discuss the police levy.
Trustees met in regular session Tuesday night and:
U Discussed with members of the board of education renovating field No. 3 in township park. Officials are considering resizing the field and expanding the fence around it so the field will be of regulation home run dimensions -- the deepest part of the outfield is now 300 feet and should be about 375 feet. School board members said the district has some money available, but it needs help from the township to pay for the project.
U Heard from Police Chief Faustino who stated the DUI checkpoint held over Memorial Day weekend checked more than 900 cars and six arrests were made. Faustino said he is looking at conducting another DUI checkpoint later this month in conjunction with the Howland Police Department.
U Announced Oct. 15 as cemetery cleanup day. Residents are asked to remove from graves any decorative items they wish to keep.
U Announced the township will not be able to participate in the natural gas purchase consortium. Trustees said Brookfield is viewed as too small of a community to offer such a program to residents.
Borough council met in regular session Tuesday and took the following action:
U Agreed to ask architect Lee Ligo of Slippery Rock to do a rendering with cost estimates of a possible replacement for the pavilion at the borough park. They are considering making it a year-round facility with a room for community meetings.
U Agreed to advertise for bids for paving the borough's two municipal parking lots as well as for electrical equipment. Bids will be opened at the Oct. 1 meeting.
U Discussed a proposal by Postmaster Jeff Byler to move mail drop-off boxes from the center of High Street to the post office side and make the street one-way to relieve traffic congestion. The plan would increase the number of parking spaces available. Voting was postponed until members discuss it further with Byler.
U Learned that Westminster College President R. Thomas Williamson has agreed to have a town meeting to address borough residents' complaints about college students. Councilman George Shaffer said Williamson has not contacted him with a meeting date yet.
U Gave Lawrence County Tourist Promotion a $245 donation but declined a request for a donation from Lawrence County Economic Development. Council member Raymond Keefer recommended refusing the LCED request because of lack of information about what the group does.

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