Trustees give green light to road resurface project

Money will be also spent to improve two recycling drop-off areas.
AUSTINTOWN -- By the end of the summer, the experience of driving through the township likely will be a smoother one.
At their meeting Monday, trustees received bids from three companies to resurface about five miles of roads. The work is slated to wrap up in late summer, Trustee Bo Pritchard said.
Total amounts for bids brought forth were $306,600 from Cleveland Asphalt Co. Inc. of Bessemer, Pa., of which $257,000 would be for asphalt and $49,500 for grinding; $337,200 from Shelly & amp; Sands-McCourt Construction of Girard, with $244,000 and $93,000 for asphalt and grinding, respectively; and $349,000 from the Shelley Co. of Twinsburg Figures from which that company included $288,000 set for paving and $61,500 for grinding.
Money for the projects would come from the township's general fund, and trustees are to vote on the bids at their next meeting June 27, Pritchard noted.
Trustees also approved an agreement between the Recycling Division of Mahoning County and the township for improvements of two recycling drop-off sites. The recycling division awarded about $26,000 for a concrete pad and $16,400 for a fence at the Trustee Park site on Raccoon Road. The division also awarded $9,648 to go toward a pad at the site in Austintown Township Park on Kirk Road.
Police chief
Trustees have yet to appoint an interim police chief to take over the department when Chief Gordon Ellis leaves June 22. Ellis, who plans to move to southern Ohio to be closer to family, served five years in that post.
Trustee David Ditzler said the next acting chief should be someone who's not competing for a permanent position as chief. Ditzler added that consideration to fill the spot should include Lt. Mark Durkin, who is off because of an illness. Durkin filled in for about a year during Ellis' military service in Kosovo.
In other business, Pritchard praised several groups and volunteers for taking part in Saturday's Clean Up Austintown event. Friends of Wedgewood Park, Austintown 20/20 and about 50 volunteers spent three hours removing weeds, painting and performing other duties at the 17-acre park on Lancaster Drive. Others picked up trash on sections of Mahoning Avenue between Wilcox and Turner roads, he said.

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