Push for police levy
Trustees are pushing for a police levy to appear on the May primary ballot in the next election cycle due to state funding cuts.
“This township, like all the other townships in the state of Ohio, has been devastated by the state and federal government,” Trustee Ken Carano said Monday.
The board is reviewing proposed levy millage for submission to the Mahoning County auditor. The board is discussing renewals at 0.8 mills and 2.4 mills. The other two levies being valued could be 2.4 mills with an addition up to 0.8 mills, and an additional 1 mill.
“We can’t give the same services by virtue of escalating needs and decreased costs,” Trustee Rick Stauffer said. “We’re not putting anything on the ballot as of yet. This is investigative.”
If passed, the new taxation would begin in 2019.
Hubbard man dies in crash in W.Va.
Police say a truck driver from Hubbard died in a fiery crash along the West Virginia Turnpike, according to a report from 21 WFMJ-TV, The Vindicator’s broadcast partner.
According to West Virginia state police, a flatbed tractor-trailer driven by Mearion Bateman, 65, of Hubbard went off Interstate 77 in Raleigh County, W.Va., turning over and spilling its cargo of industrial metal parts in the median.
Witnesses say the truck was on fire and an SUV crashed into the pile of metal parts from the truck.
State police say Bateman was pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not have information on the condition of the SUV driver who was hospitalized.
Mahoning County commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding Monday with the judges of the Mahoning County Area Courts, who agreed to contribute $370,000 toward rent at the Sebring court’s new location.
The court recently moved across the street from 605 E. Ohio Ave. to 606 E. Ohio Ave. after the expiration of its lease at the former location.
Rent at the old facility cost $75,960 annually. The new facility’s rent will cost $149,097 annually. The $370,000 represents about half of the increase in rent over the course of the court’s 10-year lease.
Nominations are being accepted for the annual Diversity Leadership Recognition Awards presented by Youngstown State University’s Division of Multicultural Affairs.
The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Friday.
The awards will be announced at the annual Diversity Leadership Recognition Dinner at 5:30 p.m. March 22 in the Tyler Grand Ballroom of Stambaugh Auditorium.
Special guest will be YSU student Natalie Nguyen of Hanoi, Vietnam. Tickets will be sold exclusively at Stambaugh Auditorium Tyler Box Office. Call 330-259-0555.
For information about the dinner and/or nominations, call 330-941-3370 or visit ysu.edu/multicultural-affairs/diversity-through-division-multicultural.
Fire district meetings
The Newton Falls Fire District will host its 2018 reorganization meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Newton Township government building, 4410 Newton Falls-Bailey Road. The regular meeting for this month will follow at 6:30 p.m.
Truck catches fire
A carpet-cleaning service truck caught fire Monday afternoon at the intersection of Herbert Road and state Route 46. Two fire engines responded to the incident, and Fire Chief Don Hutchison said the truck’s engine likely caught on fire and spread throughout.