Department’s efforts touted


By Elise Franco

efranco@vindy.com

Austintown

Township trustees shared a letter touting the efforts of the Austintown Fire Department during a fuel spill two weeks ago.

Jim Davis, trustee, read a letter during Monday’s meeting from Youngstown Mayor Charles Sammarone and the city’s Fire Chief John O’Neill Jr.

The letter was a thank- you to the township fire department for assisting in the Feb. 14 gasoline tanker accident on Interstate 680 at the 711 on-ramp that caused thousands of gallons of fuel to spill into the city’s sewer system.

“Their immediate response when called upon to assist our city is a testimony to the good will of your township and employees,” the letter said. “It is a great relief to know that [Austintown Fire Department] will always respond without delay.”

Austintown Fire Chief Andy Frost said the department gave mutual aid by way of sending two trucks to man the city’s downtown fire station.

“They had a real mess down there, a very dangerous situation,” Frost said. “We sent crews to Station No. 1 and responded to all calls.”

Frost said Austintown will be reimbursed by the trucking company Sines Inc. of Painesville.

Also during the meeting, Detective Sgt. Jeff Toth spoke on behalf of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 126 about the replacement police levy on the ballot next Tuesday.

Toth asked voters to remember that the levy, a 2.0-mill replacement that would raise $1.17 million over five years, will help to maintain the department’s current level of service.

“This levy will maintain our status quo,” Toth said. “There will be no raises, no new equipment and no new hires.”

The owner of a $100,000 home will pay an additional $48 per year if the new levy is approved. It will replace a current 1.6-mill police levy first approved in 1976 that is bringing in only about 38 percent of its original value, or about $357,000 annually,

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