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News From Garrettsville’s Mayor

Garrettsville -  As  we enter the fall/winter season I would to like reflect back on  the spring/summer. A big thank you to the Silver Creek Garden Club & our Street Department for the beautiful hanging flower baskets and plantings around the Village. I received many compliments, most stating that these were the best that they had ever seen. They...

Garrettsville Village Council and State of the Village

Garrettsville - It was a short agenda for the first meeting of 2016 for Garrettsville’s village council.  The mayor, new council member Debbie Wordell, re-elected council member Jeff Kaiser and village clerk Nancy Baldwin had all been sworn in to office before Christmas at a joint swear-in ceremony officiated by Congressman Dave Joyce held in Koritansky Hall at Hiram...

Drug Busts in Nelson Township Coincided With Willie Nelson Concert

Nelson Twp. – Township officials present at the first Nelson Township trustee meeting, held Wednesday, September 2nd, were Fiscal Officer John David Finney; Trustees Joe Leonard, Mike Elias, and Tom Matota; Anne Mae VanDerHoeven, Chuck Vanek, and Michelle Cmunt. After the meeting was called to order Finney presented the trustees with a number of items to be signed, among the...

Windham Township Trustee News

Windham Twp. - The Windham Township Trustees met for their monthly meeting on August 13th at 6:00pm at the Windham Township Town Hall with all trustees and fiscal officer present. The regular meeting had been rescheduled from August 6th at 7:00pm due to the unavailability of two trustees. Chairman Dann Timmons called the meeting to order. After the customary opening...

Mantua Village Police News

Mantua - It’s been a busy summer at the Mantua Police Department. Interim Chief of Police Joe Urso stepped up to fill the void left as Chief Harry Buchert recovered from surgery. In addition to his new role as Interim Chief, Officer Urso continued to serve as Department’s Student Resource Officer at Crestwood Schools. In that role, Urso facilitated...

Severe Flooding Issues on SR 88 Discussed at Garrettsville Meeting

A public hearing was held before the August 19, 2015 village council meeting  for public comment and discussion over proposed Ordinance 2015-28, which would amend Sections 1193.07 and 1193.08 of the Codified Ordinances of the village relating to restoration of non-conforming single-family dwellings.  If existing structures that are non-conforming by today’s codes are damaged, passage of this ordinance would...

Collins and Pritchard Roads Ready for Chip & Sealing in Nelson

Nelson Twp. – Convening for their second meeting of August, the Nelson Township trustees were all present Wednesday, August 19th. Township officials present were Fiscal Officer John David Finney; Trustees Joe Leonard, Mike Elias, and Tom Matota; Anna Mae VanDerHoeven, Chuck Vanek. Michelle Cmunt was unable to attend the meeting. After the meeting was called to order, Finney presented the...

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...

Hiram Township News

Hiram Twp. - At a recent trustee meeting, it was noted that Hiram Fire Department has received a $2,500 donation from America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund and directed by Trustee Jack Groselle. The donation will provide funds to purchase protective equipment for firefighters. “As a past Hiram firefighter, Hiram Township resident and farmer, I selected...

Nelson Township Trustees News

Nelson Twp. – Area residents gathered at the Nelson Community House on Wednesday, August 5th for the first trustee meeting of the month. Township officials present were Fiscal Officer John David Finney; Trustees Joe Leonard, Mike Elias, and Tom Matota; Anna Mae VanDerHoeven, Chuck Vanek, and Michelle Cmunt. The meeting opened with light discussion amongst the trustees about the filming...

Hiram’s Fill-A-Police-Car and Pet Adoption Event Deemed A Success!

Hiram - On July 25th the Hiram Police Department held its “Fill-a-Police-Car” Food Drive and Pet Adoption event. It was a fun-filled day with many animal rescues and animal advocate organizations in attendance. There were adoptable dogs that were looking for their forever homes and animal groups helping spread the word of their missions. Garrettsville Police Department was at...

No Police Levy On The November Ballot for Garrettsville Residents

Garrettsville - The village’s request to the police department to cut $100,000 from their 2015 budget remained THE topic of the June village council meeting.  Representing the police department were Safety Communications Supervisor Joleen Clelland and Police Chief Tony Milicia.  In attendance for the village was Mayor Patrick, Council President Hardesty, Council Members Hadzinsky, Anderson, Johnson and Kaiser, Clerk/Treasurer...

Mantua’s Center School Funding Grant Moving Forward

Mantua Twp. - The Mantua Township Trustees committed to the elevator project this fine June first morning thanks to Mantua Restoration Society member Cal Brant having drummed up enough backstop-type funding to make up the difference between what the commissioners have offered and what is needed for the project. Backstop funding refers to guaranteed reserve funds available should all...

Freedom Township June 4th Meeting News

"Freedom Congregational Church" by JonRidinger - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

After the Pledge of Allegiance, Chairman Roy Martin called the regular meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.  Thursday June 4, 2015. Present were Trustees Roy Martin, John Zizka, James Hammar, Fiscal Officer Karen Martin, Charles VanSteenberg, Road Supervisor, and Tony VanSteenberg, Assistant Supervisor.   Also present were residents Mr. Charles Duffield, Mr. Eldon West, Mr. Wm. Sponaugle, Mr. Matt...

Johnson replaces Klamer on Garrettsville Village Council

Johnson, a newcomer to public office, has roots in Garrettsville going back a couple of generations and has lived here her entire life. She currently works in administrative support at Charles Chevrolet here in Garrettsville.

Revenue, Budget and Delinquent Taxes Top Discussion for Garrettsville’s Council Meeting

During round table discussion, Council President, Tom Hardesty, updated everyone on the status of the puddling issues with the completion of the Windham street paving project. The state will make sure the problems are corrected. Hardesty also stated that the village’s next improvement project is to construct curbing on the east side of South Street from the top of the hill to the library entrance. He is waiting on estimates, but the cost should not exceed the budgeted amount.

Hiram Village Report

Police Chief Ed Samec reported that his Department has received a $2,000 grant from the Hiram Community Trust. The money will be used for the ‘Shop with a Cop’ program. In addition, Chief Samec reported that his Department has grown by two additional officers -- Officer Brittnee Wolf and Officer Keith Whan. In addition, Samec reported that Click or Ticket event in May was a big success.

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...

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...

Mantua Village Adds Another K9

Mantua - As many people know, Lieutenant Ken Justus and his K9 partner Vader have been working successfully to keep the Mantua community safe on behalf of the Mantua Police Department. Due to the overwhelming success of that partnership, the department would like to add a second K9 unit to the force. As many local communities fight the war...

Resident’s Concerns Dominate Windham Township’s Meeting

Windham Twp. - Windham Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting on June 4, 2015 at the town hall. The meeting was called to order by the Vice-Chairman Brian Miller. Miller asked for a silent prayer for Dann Timmons who was unable to attend the meeting. Due to the fiscal officer’s absence, the minutes and financial reports from the...

Police Levy Will Be On The November Ballot Despite Council’s Objections

Village resident Terri Eierman addressed council informing them the police levy, discussed and shot down by council at last month’s council meeting, will be on the November ballot, using the ballot initiative process. A ballot initiative is the means by which a petition signed by a certain minimum number of registered voters can bring about a public vote. Eierman was able to obtain 122 resident signatures (only 65 were needed) on a petition.

Trial By Fire For Johnson’s First Garrettsville Village Council Meeting

The village has budgeted $1.89 million for 2015 and has projected only $1.69 million in revenue. A significant portion of the budget, almost half, is appropriated to the police department.

Portage County Engineer to Replace High Street Bridge Over the Cuyahoga River

Mantua - The Portage County Engineer intends to replace the existing two-span steel beam bridge that carries High Street over the Cuyahoga River in the Village of Mantua. The new structure will be a single span prestressed concrete box beam structure. The project includes roadway approach work.

New Emergency Alert Sirens Keep Hiram Families Safe

Chief Byers shared, “The 911 outage this January is a prime example of how a battle-tested method is still relevant.”

Stressing the importance of this seemingly old-school system, Chief Byers shared, “The 911 outage this January is a prime example of how a battle-tested method is still relevant.” Byers referred to the 911-outage caused when a steam pipe burst, damaging an AT&T switching station. That random event knocked out 911 service in Summit, Portage, Stark and Medina Counties for two-days.

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...

Windham Fire Board News

The WVFD Joint Fire District Board met for their regularly scheduled meeting on July 11, 2014 with members Dann Timmons, Debbie Blewitt and Ron Kilgore, along with Fiscal Officer Jayme Neikirk in attendance. Two members were unavailable for the meeting.

Windham Volunteer Fire Department Plagued with More Drama

Phil Snyder voiced his opinion on the four member board. Snyder said, “I am duly elected by official action of council to serve on this board (fire) and I oppose any decision made by a four-man board, due to not having enough representation from the village.” This went into a lengthy discussion with many people voicing opinions.

Nelson Township Trustee News

Non-violent inmates from the Portage County Jail worked alongside township employees, and a PlayWorld Systems specialist to erect the township’s playground equipment at Pixley Park on June 19th. The playground is expected to be ready for use by the second week of July.

Local Court Receives State Certification

The Newton Falls Municipal Court has earned final certification as a Treatment Court from the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Specialized Dockets.

Freedom Township Trustee News

Freedom Twp. - After the Pledge of Allegiance, the regular meeting of the Freedom Township Board of Trustees was called to order by the Chairman Roy Martin at 7:30 pm on Monday, February 5, 2015.  Present were trustees James Hammar, Roy Martin, and John C. Zizka; Fiscal Officer, Karen Martin;  Road Superintendent Charles VanSteenberg.  Also present Chief Sanchez of...

News From Mantua Village

At their last meeting, village council heard from Mary Greer, spokesperson from the Concerned Citizens organization, on the topic of injection well integrity.

Hiram Fire Department Swears in Assistant Chief

According to Pam Baynes, wife of Hiram’s new Assistant Fire Chief Brandon Baynes, “Many of us know of or have heard of the ‘brotherhood’ of firemen. For those of you who wonder, it does exist. I have seen it. But for me, it’s not just a brotherhood. It’s a ‘familyhood’.” She’s gotten to experience this unique bond first-hand over the past 22 years that her husband, Brandon has been a fireman/paramedic.

“We as a department, and the community as a whole, are really lucky to have Brandon take Mark's place as our Assistant Chief,” shared HFD Fire Chief Bill Byers.

Newton Falls Police Department Receives Safety Award

Newton Falls Police Department was honored together with more than 50 other Northeast Ohio law enforcement agencies on Veterans Day for their traffic safety efforts and programs implemented to encourage safe driving.

Garrettsville Mayor reviews 2014 in ‘State of the Village’ report

Garrettsville - The January 14th Garrettsville village council meeting began with council re-electing councilman Tom Hardesty as Village Council President.   Mayor Patrick then addressed council with a State of the Village report (see below).  Mayor Patrick also asked for and was granted council’s approval for his 2015 mayoral appointments.

Geauga County 2014 Triennial Update

Geauga County Auditor Frank J. Gliha announces that 2014 is a Triennial Update year for Geauga County. Based on our analysis and analysis of the Ohio Department of Taxation we have come to the conclusion that the property values set in 2011 have met the goals and standards sought by the Ohio Department of Taxation for the 2014 Triennial...

Fall Clean Up and Trick or Treat dates set for Garrettsville

During round table discussion, the mayor announced that FALL CLEAN-UP is scheduled for THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, and TRICK-OR-TREAT is scheduled for THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30th from 6-8 P.M.

Copper Joins Hiram Police Department

Hiram - Meet “Copper”, the newest addition to the Hiram Police Department. Copper is now Hiram Police Department’s mascot and will be at Hiram PD’s community events. We hold many community programs and thought the idea of having a mascot attend the events would be a wonderful addition. Copper is the creation of Hiram PD Officer Steve Chapman and his...

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...

News From Mantua Township

Mantua - Alex Forristal, Crestwood High School freshman from Scout Troop 575, led the Pledge of Allegiance to open a recent trustee meeting in Mantua Township. Next, Frank Horak reported on behalf of the Veterans Memorial Committee, that the time capsule of memorabilia relating to its installation has been buried. In addition, Mr. Horak also presented trustees with a...

Garrettsville Village Council Report

The mayor also gave an update from the last Planning Commission meeting. He said builder Mike Maschek showed his plans for the recently purchased feed mill at the east end of Main St. Demolition has already begun and should be completed by Summerfest. He also reported that the Pizza Hut construction has started and block is already being laid. The Mayor announced that Jeff Shehan was sworn in as a member of Planning Commission, he replaces Don Harvey.

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

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 February 2013 about a rate study for the village...

WVFD Joint Fire District News

Windham - The Board of the WVFD Joint Fire District met for their regularly scheduled meeting on April 10, 2014 in the Windham Fire Station with Board members Dann Timmons, Deb Blewitt, Ron Kilgore and George Bengtson and Fiscal Officer Jayme Neikirk present.  Board member Mike Dye was absent. The Board approved the minutes of the last meeting, the bank...

Newton Falls Mayor Honored by Regional Chamber

Newton Falls - For many Americans April 16th was a day to breathe a little easier now that their government-required financial filing is done for another year. But Newton Falls Mayor Lyle Waddell had more to celebrate last Tuesday than just the end of tax season. Members of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber and their guests gathered at Ciminero’s Banquet Centre...

Hiram Township Happenings

Hiram Twp. - It was noted that that as a part of the partnership between Hiram Township and the Hiram Village Police Department, Hiram Police Officers have begun patrolling in Hiram Township. The purpose of these patrols is to enforce traffic violations and provide a visible deterrent to prevent crime within the township. These services are supplemental to the...

Hiram Police Department Receives Grants

Hiram - The Hiram Police Department is pleased to announce the acquisition and approval of the Ohio Criminal Justice Services Justice Assistance Services Law Enforcement grant. The grant will fund the acquisition of 2 in-car dash mounted video recorder units for 2 of Hiram PD patrol cars. The total project is budgeted at $4,134.60. The approval of this grant...

Nelson Township Trustee News

For the remainder of the meeting the trustees heard commentary in support of the the Quarry Park’s concerts, as well as several complaints about them. Ultimately Meduri suggested that the trustees put together a list of changes they would like to see from the Quarry Park, and submit them to the owner’s legal counsel; a suggestion that most of the trustees seemed to agree with.

Mantua Village Council News

Mantua - At the last meeting of the Mantua Village Council, Village resident Jim Oster, requested Council’s approval on behalf of the DMRC, to post a banner spanning Main Street to promote the Art on the Hill event. Council agreed unanimously to grant this request, pending Zoning approval, specifying that the banner is removed three days after the event....

Garrettsville working on compliance for 2015 income tax filers

Garrettsville - Garrettsville village council wants the message to get out to all residents that they are required to file a village income tax form every year just like they would file a state or federal tax return.  There are exclusions for certain incomes like receiving a pension or social security, however those receiving the exclusionary incomes must notify...

City of Newton Falls Hydrant Flushing Schedule

The Newton Falls Water Distribution Department will be flushing fire hydrants beginning at 8:00 a.m. on the date and roads as listed:   May 20, 2013 - River, Scott, Bate, S. Center, Fairview, Oak Knoll, S. Canal, Starr, Riverside, Woodland, Eckman and Herbert.   May 21, 2013 - W. River, Quarry, S. Center, Orchard, S. Canal, Bane, W. Church, Maple, Nichols, St. Clair,...

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