Austintown firefighter sworn in


Staff Writer

AUSTINTOWN — Anthony Reda, who has worked part time at the fire department for the past three years, was sworn in as a full-time fire fighter and paramedic Monday by township fiscal officer Laura Wolfe during the regular board of trustees meeting.

“Since he got here, from day one, he has been dedicated,” fire Chief Andy Frost said of Reda.

Frost said the department has been “very fortunate” to have several great young hires in the past few years. In the past, he said, part-time officers would have to wait upward of a decade to become full time.

“Over the past year and a half, we’ve brought in a lot of young guys as old guys retire,” township Trustee Doug McGlynn said.

McGlynn and Trustee Jim Davis said it was a tribute to Frost’s leadership that to get so many young hires ready.

In other business, trustees:

∫ Approved 20 items deemed obsolete to be sold at auction 10 a.m. Sept. 21 at the town hall, including a 2013 Ford Explorer with 148,624 miles, a 2013 Ford Taurus 4D with 121,275, a 2014 Ford Explorer with 137,285 miles and a 2015 Ford Explorer with 138,719 miles;

∫ Declared 20 properties and two junk vehicles a nuisance;

∫ Heard from Administrator Michael B. Dockry that the township resurfacing project is expected to begin at the end of the month. McGlynn said the township is in partnership with Canfield and their roads were resurfaced first;

∫ Heard from Jessica Ricker with the Senior Center that three seniors won first place for crafts entered into the Canfield Fair. Two seniors took second places and eight placed third, she said;

∫ Announced the Apple Festival will be 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 27 at the township park;

∫ Announced the 9-11 Ceremony will take place 6 p.m. Wednesday at the 9-11 Memorial Park;

∫ Announced trick-or-treat will be 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31;

∫ Recognized Austintown Bounce Inc. and co-owners Bruce Shepas and Harold Porter for 10 years in business with a proclamation.