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Austintown offers pay raise, zoning inspector gives up on Boardman



Published: Sat, May 4, 2013 @ 12:03 a.m.

Crivelli agrees to stay on, gives up Boardman job offer

By Susan Tebben

stebben@vindy.com

AUSTINTOWN

After reviewing applications from other candidates in a closed session meeting Thursday, Austintown Township trustees decided to persuade their current zoning inspector to stay.

The decision was made to give Trustee Jim Davis authorization to make an offer to current inspector Darren Crivelli, who accepted. Crivelli was set to start as the inspector in Boardman Township on Monday.

“Boardman has issues, but so does Austintown,” Davis said. “But we decided you just can’t replace a guy like that.” Davis said the township could not afford to take the time to train someone for the busy Austintown zoning department, with projects such as the Hollywood Slots at Mahoning Valley Race Course back in the construction process, the Austintown Local School District construction projects and various businesses locating in the area, said Davis.

“We had to do what we had to do to keep Darren with Austintown,” Davis said.

While many of the 17 applicants that had applied to replace Crivelli were qualified, the trustees felt that they had a strong team already, said Trustee Lisa Oles.

“We didn’t want to have a weak link, and we didn’t want to make the same mistake that Boardman did five years ago in letting Darren go,” Oles said.

The trustees committed to making the budgetary adjustments necessary to give Crivelli the same salary — $70,000 — and benefits that he would have had in Boardman Township.

Boardman’s administrator, Jason Loree, could not be reached Friday.

Fiscal officer Laura Wolfe is still working out the details of the budget adjustments, Oles said. But to keep Crivelli the township would do “whatever it takes,” according to Oles.

“We have so many projects on the table in Austintown ,and there would be a learning curve for anyone coming in,” Oles said. “We want to keep moving the township forward.”

Crivelli could not be reached to comment, but Oles said Boardman Township administration has been notified of the change and that Austintown is willing to forward the zoning applications it had received to Boardman.

Crivelli also has offered his part-time services to Boardman while it continues to search for a new zoning inspector.


Comments

1biteme(35 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Rather interesting how two townships with financial problems can find that kind of money for a zoning guy. Didn't Boardman just come crying poor-mouth wanting a levy for cops?!
Their safety forces and employees haven't seen raises in years and took concessions yet they can find $70k and money for benefits.
Austintown and Boardman voters, once again we have been lied too about finances.
And Boardman are you still paying $50k to your former Zoning inspector and she hasn't been to work in months and no one can get the same answer twice as to why?!

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2jdavis4trustee(2 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

With the money coming in from the racino it only makes sense to use some of it to pay him to stay. I'm not sure where money could be his seeing how the state audits these townships every year.

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3grazor50(53 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Seems that no one understands government practices. Just as the sequester in Federal gov. , even though airline expenses are paid for by the airlines, tickets sales, fuel taxes, they furlough off the air traffic controllers and tsa to let the public understand they need more money. Schools have money for raises, fantastic stadiums, fine arts centers, but no money to get the students to school, so they stop busing first. In summary, just as the article states: in typical gov. fashion, move money from one fund to another, they always show they need more money while millions sit in rainy day funds to be wasted on some other useless project they feel necessary, but nothing to do with increasing educational standards. They still teach the same math, science and English that were taught 20 years ago. Remember this thought: "cemeteries are full of people that the world thought we could not do without! As far as the weak link in AUSTINTOWN, what makes the trustees feel they are superior that replacement would not benefit the township!!

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4AtownAugie(697 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

We might be better served to not look at this as a "money paid" issue. There is a much larger issue: integrity. While I am glad we will have someone of Mr Crivelli's experience during the coming mini-boom, I am concerned about having someone who gave his word to Boardman, and then reneged. Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but to me a man's word *should* be his bond. (For those readers concerned mainly about money, just think how some smart lawyer down-the-road might use this "I'm yours ... no I'm not" when filing a "he said suit" over a land-use issue. The present dollars may then seem small potatoes.)

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