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Garrettsville village council discusses fire, water and rebuilding.

| Published on April 16, 2014

Garrettsville – In their first council meeting since the fire on March 22 that destroyed a significant portion of downtown businesses, council was proactive in taking steps toward a rebuilding effort.  Upon the recommendation of the planning commission, council approved Ordinance 2014-18, which waives zoning fees that would be charged …

Mantua Township News

| Published on April 16, 2014

Mantua Twp. – At a recent meeting in Mantua Township, the trustees announced that Spring Clean Up will be held on May 3rd from 7 am to 4 pm. Dumpsters will be available across from the Township Garage on Mantua Center Road for township residents to dispose of any unwanted …

Windham Township News

| Published on April 9, 2014

Windham  Twp. – Windham Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday April 3, 2014 with all trustees in attendance, along with the fiscal officer, seven residents and two guests.
The first item on the agenda after approving March’s expenditures and the minutes, was roads. The Road Supervisor Brian …

Hiram Township News

| Published on April 9, 2014

Hiram Twp. – At the recent meeting of the Hiram Township Trustees, the trustees discussed a request the three trustees received to meet with the members of the Hiram Village Council to jointly meet and discuss Hiram Township Resolution 2014-3, regarding annexation of a parcel of village-situated property. This resolution …

Nelson Township Trustee News

| Published on April 9, 2014

Nelson Twp – Officials present at the April 2, 2014 trustee meeting were fiscal officer J. David Finney and township trustees Joe Leonard, Mike Elias, and Tom Matota. Also present were, Roads Supervisor Chuck Vanek, Zoning Inspector Anna Mae VanDerHoeven, and Community House Caretaker Michelle Cmunt.
As the first order of …

Nelson Township Trustee News

| Published on March 27, 2014

Nelson Twp – Officials present at the March 19th, 2014 trustee meeting were fiscal officer J. David Finney and township trustees Joe Leonard, Mike Elias, and Tom Matota. Also present were, Roads Supervisor Chuck Vanek, Zoning Inspector Anna Mae VanDerHoeven, and Community House Caretaker Michelle Cmunt.
Finney made copies of the …

Council Approves Use of Lot for Community Garden

| Published on March 27, 2014

Windham – Windham Village Council held their monthly meeting a week ahead of the original scheduled meeting to accommodate council members’ schedules. The meeting was called to order and the minutes, expenditures, bank reconciliation and safety report were presented and approved.

Hiram Village News ~ March

| Published on March 26, 2014

Hiram – At the last meeting of the Hiram Village Council, Hiram Mayor Lou Bertrand acknowledged the Hiram Fire Department’s Save of the Year recipients. The team was honored for the successful resuscitation of a full cardiac arrest victim on Vaughn Road in February. On that snowy morning, the Fire …

Freedom Township News

| Published on March 21, 2014

As the new year is progressing, Freedom Township has had an uneventful winter. Our township was well prepared for the weather; we have experienced NO shortage of road material.  There have not been any major issues come up in the township.  Our rental halls have been used on a regular …

Water rates, sidewalks, and the old gristmill hot topics in Garrettsville

| Published on March 21, 2014

Garrettsville – The main topic of discussion after the opening of the March 12, 2014 Garrettsville village council meeting was water rates and how much of an increase there will be if council approves proposed Ordinance 2014-13.  The Board of Public Affairs (BPA) had asked a representative from Arcadis in …

Fire Board Approves Renewal Levy for November Ballot

| Published on March 20, 2014

Windham – The WVFD Joint Fire Board held their regularly scheduled meeting on March 13, 2014 with all board members in attendance. The first items of business were to approve the minutes, the bank reconciliation and the expenditures.

Residents Discuss Storage Well

| Published on March 19, 2014

Hiram – Around 30 residents from Hiram and Mantua Townships attended a community meeting last Saturday to share their concerns about how a local storage well is affecting their lives, their roads and their families. At the meeting, citizens voiced concerns over the ill affects of the increase in 18-wheeled …

Windham Trustees will not Appeal Judge Enlow’s Decision

| Published on March 14, 2014

Windham Twp. – Eight residents were in attendance at the Windham Township Trustees meeting on March 6, 2014 to see how the township conducts its business.
The meeting was called to order by the Chairman Dann Timmons. The trustees approved the minutes and the financial report before moving on to discuss …

Internet Service A Hot Topic At Nelson Township Meeting

| Published on March 13, 2014

Nelson Twp – Officials present at the March 5th, 2014 trustee meeting were fiscal officer J. David Finney and township trustees Joe Leonard, Mike Elias, and Tom Matota. Also present were Roads Supervisor Chuck Vanek, Zoning Inspector Anna Mae VanDerHoeven, and Community House Caretaker Michelle Cmunt.
As the first order of …

Hiram Receives “Step Outside” Grant

| Published on March 13, 2014

Hiram – The Hiram Police Department recently received a $500.00 “Step Outside” grant from the Ohio Department of Wildlife. The grant award will be directed toward a community program called, “Cops and Kids Fishing Day”. The event will be free of charge to anybody who attends. 

Mantua Township News

| Published on March 9, 2014

Mantua Twp. – At a recent meeting of the Mantua Township Trustees, the trustees approved a resolution to certify their jurisdiction of 37.09 miles of township roads. In similar news, they have also approved a list of zoning Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in response to the increase in questions received …

Windham Village Retires Polichena’s Badge

| Published on March 9, 2014

Windham – The Windham Village Council meeting took on a sober note this past Tuesday as council retired the late dispatcher, Len Polichena’s badge number during the February council meeting.

Grant to Fund Light Bar Replacement

| Published on February 26, 2014

Hiram – The Hiram Police Department is pleased to announce the acquisition and approval of the Ohio Criminal Justice Assistance Services Law Enforcement grant. The grant will fund the total replacement of  two  outdated light bars on two  Hiram P.D. patrol cars. The total project is budgeted at $3,500. The …

Nelson Trustee News

| Published on February 26, 2014

Nelson Twp – Officials present at the February 19th, 2014 trustee meeting were fiscal officer J. David Finney and township trustees Joe Leonard, Mike Elias, and Tom Matota. Also present were, Roads Supervisor Chuck Vanek, Zoning Inspector Anna Mae VanDerHoeven, and Community House Caretaker Michelle Cmunt.
As the first order of …

Garrettsville Village Council News

| Published on February 19, 2014

Garrettsville – When session opened for the February 12, 2014 Garrettsville village council meeting, the first order of business was Mayor Patrick presenting a plaque to former village councilman Robert Matson in recognition of his many years of service to the village.

Mantua Township Discusses Center School

| Published on February 12, 2014

Mantua Twp. – At the last meeting to discuss prospective plans for the Mantua Center School/Administration Building, over 60 residents braved the blustery weather to find out the results of community feedback regarding the historic township structure. Todd Peetz, from Portage County Regional Planning Commission again led the meeting.

Hiram Township Happenings

| Published on February 12, 2014

Hiram Twp – After Steve Pancost, Chairman of the Township Trustees called the meeting to order, Assistant Fire Chief Mark Kozak presented his monthly report, sharing that, fortunately, January’s calls were, “kind of low.” Kozak reported 32 total calls within the village and college, with a total of 14 in …

Windham Township Salt Supply is Solid

| Published on February 12, 2014

Windham Twp. – While many townships, cities and municipalities are struggling to get road salt, Windham Township seems to have dodged that bullet for now. According to Road Supervisor Brian Miller they are currently doing all right with their salt supply after securing a delivery from the county engineer earlier …

Nelson Township Trustee News

| Published on February 12, 2014

Nelson Twp – Officials present at the February 5th, 2014 trustee meeting were fiscal officer J. David Finney and township trustees Joe Leonard, Mike Elias, and Tom Matota. Also present were, Roads Supervisor Chuck Vanek, Zoning Inspector Anna Mae VanDerHoeven, and Community House Caretaker Michelle Cmunt.

Rep. Kathleen Clyde Announces Candidacy for 3rd Term in the Ohio House

| Published on February 6, 2014

Kent –State Representative Kathleen Clyde of Kent is seeking a third term in the Ohio House of Representatives and has declared her candidacy for the 75th Ohio House District in Portage County.
“I am running for State Representative so that I can continue the job I started when the people of …

Hiram Village Council News

| Published on February 6, 2014

Hiram – At the start of the meeting, Mayor Lou Bertrand called for nominations for an appointment to fill Alan Donley’s seat on Village Council. Mr. Donley gave up his seat in December 2013. Council approved the nomination of Mr. Tom Wadkins to fulfill the remainder of Mr. Donley’s term, …

Windham Village Freezes Water Rates but Hikes Sewer Rates

| Published on February 6, 2014

Windham – Windham Village Council met for their regularly- scheduled meeting on January 27, 2014 with all council members present, along with fiscal officer Lloyd Billman, and solicitor Tom Reitz.
Council approved the minutes from the December 17, 2013 meeting and the minutes from the January 7, 2014 organizational meeting. They …

Mantua Village News – Organizational Meeting

| Published on February 5, 2014

At the first regularly scheduled meeting in 2014, the Village Council approved appointment of Paul Janson as 2014 President of Council. In addition, Mr. Janson was appointed to the Finance Committee along with Ben Prescott and John Clark. Martin Hura was named the alternate member to the Finance Committee. Bill …

Tax Valuation Appeal Solicitations

| Published on January 29, 2014

Ravenna – Portage County Auditor Janet Esposito is warning property owners to beware of companies offering to assist with tax valuation appeals. “Property tax values are available at the Auditor’s Office, where the staff or I will be happy to explain what values are on record and how to file …

Mantua Township Community Meeting

| Published on January 22, 2014

Mantua Twp. – There is a Mantua Township Community Meeting which was rescheduled because of weather on January 7th to January 29th at 7:00 p.m. at the Mantua Township Civic Center.  The meeting is a follow up from October with additional findings from other community groups and organizations and to …

Hiram Police Dept Receives Grant

| Published on January 22, 2014

Hiram – The Hiram Police Department recently received a $1,000.00 grant from the Wal-Mart “Local Giving” program. The grant was awarded through Middlefield Wal-Mart and will fund the Hiram Police Department Bicycle Safety Rodeo held duringHiramVillage’s July 4th event. 

Windham Fire District Holds Organizational Meeting

| Published on January 22, 2014

Windham – The W.V.F.D. Joint Fire District held their organizational meeting on January 9, 2014.  Board members in attendance included Ron Kilgore, Deb Blewitt, Dann Timmons and George Bengtson along with Fiscal Officer Jayme Neikirk.

Nelson Township Trustee News

| Published on January 22, 2014

Nelson Twp.  – Officials present at the January 15th, 2014 trustee meeting were fiscal officer J. David Finney and township trustees Joe Leonard, Mike Elias, and Tom Matota. Also present were, Roads Supervisor Chuck Vanek, Zoning Inspector Anna Mae VanDerHoeven, and Community House Caretaker Michelle Cmunt.
As the first order of …

Mantua Township News

| Published on January 22, 2014

Mantua Township – At the last regularly scheduled meeting of the Mantua Township Trustees, Trustees Victor Grimm and John Festa were in attendance. Mr. Festa noted that the Township’s inventory has been completed and turned in to Fiscal Officer Marie Stehli. Mr. Grimm noted that a draft document of proposed …

Windham Township Trustees Hold Organizational Meeting

| Published on January 16, 2014

Windham Twp. -  The Windham Township Trustees held their organizational meeting on January 7, 2014.  All trustees and fiscal officer were present.  The board welcomed Rich Gano as a new trustee, replacing Jesse Wirick.  Dann Timmons was appointed chairman, with Brian Miller being appointed as vice-chairman.  Dann Timmons was appointed …

A Fresh Start for Nelson Township

| Published on January 16, 2014

Nelson Twp.  – Acting as the Chairman-Pro Tem, Nelson Township Fiscal Officer Dave Finney called the first trustee meeting of 2014 to order on January 8 and lead those in attendance in reciting the pledge of allegiance. Officials present at the meeting were trustees Joe Leonard, Mike Elias, and Tom …

Hiram Township News

| Published on January 16, 2014

Hiram Twp. – The township has received a copy of a suit filed in December by the Pinter family against Clarence Moore, the owner of Far View Airport, a privately owned airstrip in Hiram. The issue was initially brought to the attention of Township Trustees in February of last year. …

Garrettsville Mayor reviews 2013 village’s accomplishments in ‘State of the Village’ Report

| Published on January 16, 2014

As we begin 2014, I would like to start out by saying how beautiful our Village looked for Christmas. There was a comment on our Facebook page that I thought was very appropriate. It was stated at the Christmas Tree Lighting that Garrettsville reminded them of a Hallmark Christmas Card. …

Garrettsville Village Council News

| Published on January 16, 2014

Garrettsville -  The January 8, 2014 Garrettsville village council meeting opened welcoming new councilman Tom Hardesty (Hardesty was elected last November and replaces retired Councilman Bob Matson).  Immediately the floor opened for nominations for council president.  Councilwoman Becky Harrington nominated Tom Hardesty for the job.  The motion was seconded and …

Windham History Class Visits State House

| Published on January 8, 2014

Windham – Windham High School sophomore US History students recently had the opportunity to take part in a trip to the Ohio State House. The trip was made possible by a grant from the Capitol Square Foundation with funding by Honda of American and Wal-Mart.

Windham Township Gets Ready for 2014

| Published on December 13, 2013

Windham Twp. – Windham township trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting with all trustees in attendance, along with the fiscal officer. Chairman of the Board Brian Miller called the meeting to order. The trustees approved the minutes from November’s meeting and the expenditures.  After a brief discussion, the trustee …

Tempers Flare at Windham Village Meeting

| Published on December 4, 2013

Windham -  Windham Village Council  met for their regularly-scheduled meeting with one board member delayed, by the weather; otherwise all other members were present. The meeting was called to order and council approved the minutes, expenditures, and the fire and police dispatcher’s report.
Mayor Rob Donham reported that the asbestos report …

Residents Express Ire at Absentee Trustee

| Published on November 27, 2013

Nelson Twp – Meeting at 7:15pm on November 20, trustees Tom Matota and Joe Leonard were in attendance for a special meeting scheduled to decide the fate of two proposed amendments. Outgoing trustee Jim Turos was once again absent.
After the November 6 meeting, the trustees followed up with Township legal …

Brosius Road Chip/Seal On Hold Until Spring

| Published on November 21, 2013

Garrettsville – At the November 13th village council meeting, Mayor Rick Patrick introduced Nelson Township Trustee Tom Matota.  Matota addressed council about the issues over chip/seal to Brosius Road that the township and village share responsibility for.  Matota explained his understanding of how ODOT divided up roads for maintenance.  Matota …

Fire Board Approves Three for EMS Schooling

| Published on November 21, 2013

Windham – The WVFD Joint Fire District met for their regularly scheduled meeting recently with all board members present. Chairman Linda Rininger called the meeting to order. The board approved the minutes, the bank reconciliation and the expenditures for the month of October. 

Hiram Police Department Receives Award

| Published on November 21, 2013

Hiram – Last Wednesday in Independence, the Hiram Police Department received the prestigious American Automobile Association (AAA) Platinum Award for community safety programs and education. The national award is given annually to recognize police departments for their efforts toward improving roadway and pedestrian safety. The award was bestowed on the …

2013 Election Results

| Published on November 6, 2013

Issue 1 -  Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities Renewal Tax Levy – 2 Mills
Issue 2 -  Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities Renewal Tax Levy – 0.9 Mill
Issue  3 -  Portage County Mental Health & Recovery Board Renewal Tax Levy – 1 Mill
Issue 15 -  Mantua-Shalersville Fire District Renewal …

Mantua Township News

| Published on October 30, 2013

Mantua Twp. – In light of many questions regarding expenditures of the Township’s finances, Township Fiscal Officer Marie Stehli shared a spreadsheet she developed to clearly show what has been spent on the Mantua Center school building.  She made copies available to those in attendance, and requested that it be …

Hiram Village News

| Published on October 25, 2013

Hiram – At the start of the meeting, a representative from the Hiram Parks Board, Susan Merrill, informed council of a meeting that will be held on November 13th from 7 to 9 pm. The purpose of this meeting is to provide a venue for area businesses and residents to …

Residents Question Batwing Mower Purchase

| Published on October 25, 2013

Nelson Twp – Nelson Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting at the Community House on October 16, 2013 with all trustees and fiscal officer in attendance. A representative from the Outspoken Wheelman Bike Club was in attendance and thanked the trustees for allowing the club to use the …