Girard council discussed speed camera and income tax revenue, and a waterline project

By Samantha Phillips


City council approved contributing $37,500 to replace a waterline along East Drive in Liberty Township, as Girard supplies a portion of the township with water.

The project will be done by X-Press Underground Excavating Services at a cost of $176,800 to improve water pressure. Trumbull County commissioners are also contributing.

Girard and Liberty officials are in discussions over the water prices the township pays. Liberty officials contend the 40 percent surcharge they pay for Girard water is unfair, while Girard officials argue they are at the mercy of the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District’s prices and invest their own funds into infrastructure that will benefit Liberty customers.

City council also approved continuing to distribute funds from speed cameras and income tax into the city recreation fund. City Auditor Sam Zirafi suggested bolstering other funds, especially the general fund, with the revenue that goes to recreation.

“We feel recreation is important for our citizens,” said Councilman John Moliterno. “Quality of life is important in the city of Girard.”

Council voted 6-1 to oppose an ordinance that would split the 1 percent of income taxes distributed to the recreational budget to the general fund and garbage fund.

City council also unanimously opposed an ordinance that would remove the 5 percent distribution from the speed-camera revenue to the recreation budget as well as adjust distributions to the general, street, capital improvement and capital improvement safety funds.

Resident Richard DeSalvo of Shannon Drive expressed his concern about maintenance of Liberty Memorial Park. He said the concession stand is in bad shape and there are overgrown weeds.

Melfi responded that the city’s priority is to get the cemetery taken care of, then to get Tod Park taken care of for summer activities, but the maintenance will be done at the Liberty Memorial Park soon. He said the city has to prioritize maintenance due to limited resources and staff.

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