Weathersfield Township trustees dubbed their regular meeting this week as the “Rusty Garland” meeting, in honor of Garland’s 30 years with the township, and made him honorary chairman for the night.
Garland, who turned 50 this year, has Down Syndrome. trustee Chairman Gil Blair said, “He’s really ‘cool.’ He’s a really special guy.”
Blair added that Garland “really brightens up the place” when he comes in to work. He has been doing janitorial work for the township for 30 years. “He’s very meticulous and a big sports fan,” Blair said.
Accolades from the Ohio House, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and a Congressional recognition obtained by U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles, D-13th, and state Sen. Capri Cafaro of Liberty, D-32nd, were given to Garland, who was honored by township employees with punch and cake after the meeting.
Garland works 24 hours a week.
In a resolution passed by trustees, they said they: “Recognize that Garland has, for the past 30 years, brought an atmosphere of enthusiasm, hard work, dependability, dedication and happiness to the employees, elected officials and residents of Weathersfield Township.”
In other business, trustees announced that a township flag-design competition has been launched and will be under the supervision of Trustee Steve Gerberry. Students in the local district will be making flag designs that are to be submitted to the art teacher, and a winner will be chosen from those entries.
Gerberry was authorized by trustees to execute an Ohio Public Works Commission Project grant of $97,674, which was awarded at the end of 2012 for the second phase of an Oakview Drive storm water drainage upgrade, township Administrator David Rouan said.
Construction is expected to start in spring 2014. This phase of the project is expected to cost $142,000 with engineering and construction supervision.
The Trumbull County engineer will contribute $14,000 worth of in-kind work, and the balance of the project cost is to be paid by the township, approximately $35,326
The project will include installing storm conduit, six catch basins, curbing and 11 driveway aprons.
Trustees also authorized Rouan to request assistance from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Technical Assistance to Brownfields Program to finish cleanup at the property at 3714 Union St.
The building is in use by Alloys Unlimited & Process Inc., but a property and water assessment by the EPA still needs to be done.
The former owner, White Metals Rolling and Stamping Corp. of New York, by a judicial order, had to remove 100-plus drums from the property. The primary contaminant was Xylene from the painting operations. White Metals filed for bankruptcy before completing the work.