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G-Men Football Team Recognized At Village Council Meeting

Garrettsville - The February 8, 2017 council meeting started with the Pledge of Allegiance. The normal business of accepting previous minutes, paying bills and going over revenue was taken care of. Then Mayor Rick Patrick made a special presentation to Coach Mike Moser and three members of the Garfield G-Men football team. They were presented a plaque and a...

News from Newton Falls Council

Newton Falls - The February 6, 2017 meeting was called to order then everyone in attendance was asked to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence. On the wall directly behind council is the seal of the city. On the seal is the city motto, “Working Toward A Better Tomorrow.” Mayor Waddell gave opening remarks and...

News from Mantua Village

Mantua - At their last meeting, Mayor Linda Clark shared that she and Village Solicitor Michele Stuck are reviewing information from NOPEC and First Energy relating to gas and electric aggregation and potential cost savings to residents. They will be presenting their findings to council in the near future. In his report, Village Administrator Bruce Rininger shared that his team...

Freedom Township Happenings

At their last meeting, the Freedom Park Board agreed on a clean-up day for the Freedom Park. The first clean up day will be Saturday, April 8th at 9o’clock a.m. and  will consist of cleaning and getting the park ready for the spring and summer. A second cleanup day will be held Saturday, April 22 at 9 a.m. to plant...

Freedom Township Trustee News

Freedom Twp - After the Pledge of Allegiance, the January 5, 2017 meeting was called to order by Chairman John Zizka at 7:32 p.m. The fiscal officer was unable to be present for the organizational meeting. In the absence of the fiscal officer, the 2016 chairman will conduct the meeting until a chairman is selected for 2017....

Hiram Township News

Hiram Twp - At their last meeting, Township Fiscal Officer Diane Rodhe noted that ODOT provided information to the township regarding municipalities ordering up to 120% of the current salt bid. After some discussion, trustees passed a motion authorizing Road Supervisor Tom Matota to review the options provided and to purchase up to 120%, providing it is available at...

Nelson Township News

Nelson Twp. - On Wednesday January 18 the Nelson Trustees held a regular business meeting. There were a good number of residents in attendance at the meeting. The trustees led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance to begin the meeting. Minutes from the January 4 meeting were accepted as corrected and bill payments were accepted as presented. An...

Mantua Township News

Mantua Twp. - At their last meeting, Trustee John Festa shared the MSFD monthly report. He noted that call volume at the Department increased, with crews responding to 141 more calls than the previous year. While he noted the Department is handling more calls than usual, he complimented the men and women on what a great job they...

News from Newton Falls Council

Newton Falls - City Council’s first meeting for 2017 was held Monday January 9. Mayor Waddell called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silence. Mayor Waddell addressed the recent articles about the annexation. He explained how the city has worked with Braceville for the past twenty years to create a...

News from Mantua Village

Mantua - At their last meeting, Mantua Village Council heard from Renee Henry from the Landmarks Commission. Ms. Henry shared details of a proposed walking tour of Mantua’s historic business district. The tour includes five stops, the first of which is the C.H Ray Block (former site of Weber Hardware) on Main Street. The site is a flower garden...

Blighted Home Advisory Committee Formed in Hiram

Hiram - At the last Hiram Village Council meeting, Frank Hairston and Clayton Popik from the Portage Area Regional Transit Authority (PARTA) shared an overview of their services for Hiram area residents. For those who are not familiar with the organization, PARTA operates fixed-route and countywide public transportation in Atwater, Aurora, Charlestown, Deerfield, Edinburg, Freedom, Hiram, Kent, Mantua, Nelson,...

Garrettsville Village Council Report

Garrettsville - On Wednesday November 9 at 7:30pm council met in the Village Hall to discuss village business. All but two members were present and after the Pledge of Allegiance the meeting was started. There was a public hearing regarding Ordinance 2016-28 to amend the Zoning Map of the Village of Garrettsville by changing an area of property from the...

Mantua Township News

Mantua Twp. - At a recent township meeting, Trustee Victor Grimm raised the topic of the Capital Grant, through Senator Eklund’s office. He noted that all the required paperwork has been filed, and the application is in Columbus, and “in line” for approval. It was speculated that disbursement of funds would most likely not take place until early 2017,...

Newton Falls Village Council Report

Newton Falls - Council met on Monday November 7 with all but one member in attendance. After the call to order and Pledge of Allegiance, Mayor Waddell led an open discussion on council’s recent trip to Columbus for the Ohio Municipal League meeting. Council members shared what they learned while attending different sessions and how the meeting impacted them. For...

Mantua Fire Association Donates UTV to the MSFD

Mantua - At a recent meeting, Firefighter Mike Pender shared that the draft contract for fulltime firefighters was close to complete, and would be presented to the Fire Board for review at their final meeting in October. Moving forward, the Board regretfully accepted several resignations for a variety of reasons. Jeff Barker resigned, effective immediately, due to limited availability given...

Mantua Township News

Mantua Twp. -  At a recent meeting, Ms. Lori Calcei and Ms. Tia Paoloni spoke to the group. Ms. Calcei, who has experience as a Fiscal Officer in Suffield Township and as Deputy Fiscal Officer for the Portage County District Library, is running for the position of County Recorder. Currently the Assignment Commissioner for Judge Becky Doherty, Ms. Paoloni...

Hiram Village News

Hiram - At the last Village Council meeting, Ms. Lori Calcei and Ms. Tia Paoloni spoke to the group. Ms. Calcei, who has experience as a Fiscal Officer in Suffield Township  and as Deputy Fiscal Officer for the Portage County District Library, is running for the position of County Recorder in this month’s election. Currently the Assignment Commissioner for...

Hiram Township News

Hiram Twp. -  At their last meeting, Fiscal Officer Diane Rodhe shared that Portage County Treasurer Brad Cromes sent a letter and brochures regarding the Home Improvement Assistance Program. Next, Trustee Kathy Schulda asked Hiram Fire Chief Bill Byers if there was an existing list of residences in the township. Chief Byers shared that his department is working on...

Newton Falls City Council Meeting

Newton Falls - All but one council member was in attendance for city business at this session. All participants stood for the Pledge of Allegiance after the meeting was called to order. This was followed by a moment of silent prayer. The first special presentation was by attorney Patricia Dugan from Community Legal Aid. She gave council an overview of...

Mantua Village News

Mantua - At the last meeting, Sabrina Christian-Bennett attended. A 28-year resident of Portage County, and a business owner with a record of community service, she shared, “I love our county and want to see it flourish.” Ms. Christian-Bennett is running for county commissioner on November 8th. Mayor Linda Clark announced that pressure testing would be conducted on a portion...

Garrettsville Council Eyes Water Rate Hikes

Garrettsville - Council met September 14, 2016 for their regularly scheduled monthly meeting.  Councilman Hadzinsky reported that there’s been a great combination of above average revenue and record low spending for July 2016.  Additionally “the twelve month surplus/deficit is +$228k, best in memory”.  Funds have been managed “in-the-Black 12 months running” and year-to-date this is the best for JULY...

Mantua Township Receives Grant

Mantua - Dana Heffner from First Energy attended a recent Trustee meeting in Mantua Township to present a check in the amount of $1,500 to Ms. Linda Ehlert of the Mantua Restoration Society. The funds were earmarked to help support renovations and the installation of an elevator at the Mantua Township Administration Building, formerly known as Center School. Ms. Heffner...

Cemetery Paving In Newton Township

Newton Twp - The Newton Township Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the completion of the paving project in the Lutheran and St. Michael’s Cemeteries. The pavement replaces the former gravel driveways which many found difficult to walk on and, at times, a muddy mess in the active burial sites. Trustees contracted with Everbrite, Inc. to complete the...

Freedom Township Trustee News

Freedom Twp. - Vice-Chairman Roy Martin called the Regular Township Meeting to order at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, August 4, 2016. Present: Trustees Jeff Derthick and Roy Martin, Trustee Zizka, absent. Present also were the Fiscal Officer Karen Martin and Road Supervisor Tony VanSteenberg. Residents present: Mr. Dan Grafton,  Mr. Charles Duffield, Mr. Dave Bultinck, Mr. Tom Mesaros. The meeting was...

Hiram Township Trustee News

Hiram Twp. - Resolution 2016-24 Jack Groselle moved to accept the road salt bid price of $36.52 per ton with a 10% increase in total tons purchased from The Ohio Department of Transportation. Steve Pancost seconded the motion. Roll call vote was taken. Kathy AYE, Steve AYE, Jack AYE. Trustee Steve Pancost contacted the Portage County Engineers’ office about his...

Garrettsville Council Approves Police Dispatch Deal With Mantua

Garrettsville - Council President Tom Hardesty led the July Garrettsville council meeting in the absence of Mayor Rick Patrick (councilman Hadzinsky was also unavailable for the meeting).  The meeting date, normally scheduled for the second Wednesday of the month, was rescheduled and held on Monday, July 18. Hardesty held a Public Hearing prior to the start of the meeting for...

Mantua Village News

Mantua - At the last Village Council meeting, Portage County Treasurer Brad Cromes was present to share his department’s 2015 accomplishments. He noted that during the past year, they launched a new web site and Facebook page to better communicate with residents. Residents may now pay their tax bills online, and also have access to valuable information on how...

Health Issues Force Police Chief Samec Into Retirement

Hiram - Last fall, Hiram Police Chief Ed Samec became ill, and learned he had developed a streptococcus infection in his arm. When symptoms of the infection subsided, but he continued to have shortness of breath and trouble breathing, Samec eventually learned that the bacterial infection had traveled through his bloodstream, paralyzing the left side of his diaphragm, causing...

Hiram Village News

Hiram - At the last Village Council meeting, Chris Szell from the Park Board shared that his group would be co-hosting an event in conjunction with the Village Police Department. At this event, the Hiram Police will be hosting their annual  ‘Fill-a-Police-Car’ food drive and pet adoption event on July 23rd from 9 am until 2 pm on the...

Mantua Township News

Mantua Township - At a recent township trustee meeting, Trustee John Festa thanked Zoning Inspector John Dickey and Cemetery Sexton Jim Aldrich for being good neighbors and helping out a resident in need. The gentlemen checked in on a resident after neighbors noted that the grass hadn’t been mowed in some time. They stopped by and found that the...

Health Department Answers Questions Pertaining To Open Burning

Nelson Township - As long summer nights encroach upon us, the Township of Nelson has had many complaints about smoke and the quality of the air as it pertains to fires. The health department came to June’s board meeting to explain the rules and regulations, especially because of the campgrounds located in their jurisdiction. “We have had about a dozen...

Treasurer Launches “Money Matters” Resource Center

Ravenna – Portage County residents looking for tips on setting a budget, managing debt, and establishing credit now have a new place to look them, thanks to a resource center recently established in the office of Treasurer Brad Cromes.  “We believe our office has a role to play in getting tools to taxpayers that will help them make good...

Window Narrows for Fee Waiver for Garrettsville Property Owners of Non-Conforming Lots

Garrettsville -  Council President Tom Hardesty asked council to table proposed Ordinance 2016-08 which addresses certain substandard lots in the R2 Zoning District.   When minimum buildable lot size was changed to a half acre in 1996 several existing lots were technically rendered “unbuildable”.  This permanent variance would be for the lot size only and does not free them...

News from Mantua Village

Mantua - At their last meeting, council welcomed Mantua residents Trish and Scott Snider, local philanthropists behind the Hero’s Rock charity. The couple asked Mayor Linda Clark and council members to help decorate the  horses with red and blue handprints. The Sniders are on a mission to build and deliver hand-made rocking horses to Fisher Houses  located across the...

Hiram Village News

Hiram - At the last Village Council meeting, Portage County Treasurer Brad Cromes presented information on the county’s Home Improvement Program. Through this special program, financial institutions can provide low-interest rate loans to eligible borrowers for the purpose of home improvement. Loans under the program range from a minimum of $1,500 to a maximum of $40,000. Prospective borrowers may...

Mantua Township News

Mantua Twp. - At a recent meeting, Trustee John Festa raised the zoning issue regarding local business, PJC Enterprises. In spite of multiple conversations and meetings with business owners by Zoning Inspector John Dickey, Trustee John Festa, and Township Solicitor Chris Meduri, the company has remained in violation of zoning requirements for over two years. Trustees Festa, Jason Carlton...

Garrettsville Council Discusses Non-filers for 2015 Village Income Tax

Garrettsville - After a review of Revenue, Cash Balance, and Income Tax Reports it was noted that according to existing records, there are approximately 400 ‘non-filers’ in the village for 2015 income taxes.  Income Tax Clerk Valerie McCullough stated that some on the list may have moved and she would be sorting and verifying who really still needed to...

Mantua Village News

Mantua - At their last meeting, Village Council approved a special event request from Angie Hunter of the Mantua Potato Festival Committee to host a family-friendly film festival at Village Park. The free events would take place in the evenings at Village Park on the fourth Friday of the summer months: June 24th, July 22nd, and August 26th. “The...

Hiram Township News

Hiram Twp. - In his Fire Report, Assistant Chief Baynes reported that the department hired two new firefighter/EMTs. He also noted that Chief Bill Byers is working on a potential grant application that, if accepted, would be used to purchase joint dispatch radio equipment. In police news, Kathy Schulda agreed to talk with Police Chief Samec about increasing the...

Mantua Township News

Mantua Twp. - At their last meeting, Trustees heard from the newly formed Township Park Committee, a group that proposes erecting a pavilion or gazebo in  the green space at the high-traffic area where State Route 82, Mantua Center and Diagonal Roads converge. The Committee presented Trustees with proposed drawings for their review. The area, which has been maintained...

Township Park Hosts Public Meeting

Hiram Twp. - When Hiram Township formed the Community Evaluations and Accomplishments Committee (CEAC) two years ago, the purpose of the group was to implement key initiatives in the Comprehensive Plan, which was developed to help shape future development of Hiram Township and Village. During the past year, the committee worked on a map to identify existing trails within the...

Dispatch Services Again, Headline Garrettsville’s Council Meeting

Garrettsville - First on the night’s agenda was Mayor Rick Patrick presenting former Councilwoman Christina Anderson with a commendation in recognition of her service to the village.  Anderson was appointed to council in August 2012 to fill then council President Rick Patrick’s seat after he took over as Mayor following Mayor Craig Moser’s passing.  Anderson lost her re-election bid...

Mantua Township News

Mantua Twp. - At the last meeting, Terri Vechery from the Historic Landmark Commission discussed establishing a fund for the Commission to cover the cost of copies and postage, as well as a place to deposit monetary donations the group receives. Ms. Vechery shared that the group is in the process of setting net year’s budget. In addition, she...

Hiram Village News

Hiram - At the next council meeting on April 12th, council will discuss proposed funding for sidewalk repairs and improvements. Council is currently considering amending an ordinance to the sidewalk code. In the proposed amendment, the village would pay a portion of the cost, while residents would be required to pay the balance, up to 50% of the total...

Mantua Township News

Mantua Twp - As new septic requirements are put in place by Portage County Health Department, Zoning Inspector John Dickey speculates that the Township will receive more call from residents and/or their contractors about securing permits. He anticipates that as residents look to sell homes, or on Pioneer Trail where the Health Department has determined there is an issue,...

Hiram Township News

Hiram Twp. - At a recent Trustees meeting, Fiscal Officer Diane Rodhe announced that she had closed the books for 2015 and filed electronically with the Auditor of State’s office. She provided a fund balance report to the Trustees to aid in budget planning discussions. Next, Tim Kasper and Tom Franek from the Community Evaluations & Accomplishments Committee (CEAC) presented...

Village Council Decides Fate Of Village Dispatch Services

Garrettsville - Garrettsville Village Council was faced with a tough decision at their last meeting-- whether or not to disband Garrettsville’s dispatch center.  Garrettsville’s Police Chief and several police officers, Safety committee members and both chiefs from the Community EMS District and Garrettsville-Freedom-Nelson Joint Fire District (GFNJFD), and Windham Council President, Debbie Blewett, were in attendance at last Wednesday...

Hiram Township Receives Four Grants For New Park

This year, new projects include installation of a gazebo, prairie, and play structures at the new park. At the Play Park, new clay will be added to the ball field, new mulch will be added to the playground, and a new bench will be installed.

Hiram - Beginning in March, village water rates will reflect a rate increase of 8%, or an estimated $.93 per each unit used per month. Sewer rates remain unchanged; Village Council enacted the water rate increase in their February meeting. Village Administrator James McGee reported receipt of water and sewer line work bids. He’ll be meeting with the Village...

Model Employee Retires in Hiram Township

At the end of February, the Hiram Township Road Services Department bid farewell to Don Bello, upon his retirement after 14 years of service.

Hiram Twp. - At the end of February, the Hiram Township Road Services Department bid farewell to Don Bello, upon his retirement after 14 years of service. According to Road Supervisor Tom Matota, Bello joined the Township’s Road Services team after having retired from a similar role with the Portage County Engineers Office. When he joined the township, he...

Mantua Township News

Mantua Twp. - At a recent Trustee meeting, Bill Steiner, Portage County Recycling Director announced that single-stream recycling will come to Portage County in mid February. From February 15th through February 19th, drivers delivered 95 gallon, wheeled recycling carts. These new carts will replace small bins, and can be filled with unsorted recyclable materials including paper, cardboard and plastics...

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