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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.

Residents Discuss Storage Well

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 tanker truck traffic near their homes. Individuals provided photos...

Nelson Voting will Return to the Community House

Nelson Twp. - Nelson Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting last week with all trustees and fiscal officer present. The minutes from the last regular meeting and special meeting were presented to the trustees and approved as presented with a vote of 2-1, one trustee objected to the minutes not being read. There were no copies of...

Windham Township Trustee News

Windham Twp. - Windham Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting last Thursday with all trustees and fiscal officer in attendance. The first item on the agenda was to open the floor to guest who would like to address the board. A resident asked if he could clean up veteran John Decker’s marker and place it where it belongs....

Nelson Awards bid to Mike’s Electric

Nelson Twp. - Nelson Township trustees met for their regularly-scheduled meeting last week with Trustees Joe Leonard, Bill Wilson and Jim Turos along with Fiscal Officer J. David Finney in attendance. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Joe Leonard and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was recited. The fiscal officer presented bills and wages, along...

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...

Fuel Logs Topic of Township Meeting

Nelson Twp - Residents of Nelson Township gathered at the Community House on June 19th for the second trustee meeting of June. Present were Fiscal Officer David Finney, and Township Trustees Tom Matota, and Joe Leonard. Jim Turos was unable to attend the meeting due to the National International Harvester Collector event. After calling the meeting to order, the Trustees...

Hiram PD to Participate in AAA Helmet Smart Program

Hiram - The Hiram Police Department is educating children on the importance of wearing a bike helmet. Chief Ed Samec announced that the Hiram Police Department is participating in the AAA Helmet Smart Program this year. Helmet Smart is a unique program for promoting bicycle helmet usage through positive reinforcement.  Hiram police officers will issue “safety citations” when they...

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...

Hiram Village News

Hiram - A visitor from the Governor’s Office, Tim Ross, was in attendance at a recent Hiram Village Council meeting. Mr. Ross, the Eastern Ohio Regional Liaison for Ohio Governor Kasich, presented some findings from a recent governmental report entitled, Beyond Boundaries: A Shared Services Action Plan for Ohio Schools & Governments. Beyond Boundaries is a comprehensive study of...

Windham Trustees Endorse Library Levy

Windham Twp. - Windham Township Trustees met for their regularly-scheduled meeting last Thursday with trustees Dann Timmons, Brian Miller and Jesse Wirick, along with fiscal officer Jayme Neikirk, in attendance. The meeting was called to order and guest Betty Clapp, president of the board of trustees of the Portage County District Library (PCDL). Clapp was seeking support for the...

Board of Elections Approve Referendum

Windham - Last week, the Board of Elections (BOE) approved the Referendum Petition circulated by Windham Village Residents Bob Edwards, Jim Moore and Lloyd McPherson. The Referendum petition was filed in response to council’s passage of Ordinance 2012-50 that repealed the tax credit given to those who work outside of the village. The referendum needed 41 valid signatures from...

Windham Township Considers Cul-De-Sac on Frazier Road

Windham Twp. - Windham Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting on December 6, 2012 with all trustees and fiscal officer in attendance. Chairman Dann Timmons called the meeting to order. Next, they approved the minutes and expenditures for the month of November.  The next few items of business were to establish employees and committees for 2013.   Glenn...

Middlefield Village Council News

Middlefield - Mayor Poole called the meeting to order at 7 pm.  All council members were present. Approval of minutes from July 7, 2011:  Motion passed Payment of bills in the amount of $339,581.20:  Motion passed Fiscal Officer’s Report:  Report was submitted to council.  Fiscal Officer would like council to think about meeting Friday, December 30 for final meeting of the year...

Garrettsville Council seeks Resident Input on Switching to Curbside Recycling

Garrettsville - As most Garrettsville residents are aware, the Village maintains a recycling drop-off center at the Service Garage parking lot on Water Street.  Village Council is currently exploring the possibility of switching from the drop-off center to curbside recycling as several of our neighboring townships and villages have, such as Hiram and Mantua. Some information about Curbside Recycling The Portage...

WVFD Finds Dispatch Provider

Windham - The originally scheduled WVFD Fire Board meeting for April 11, 2013 was postponed until April 18, 2013.  The postponement was done to allow more time to research dispatching options. After researching their options, the WVFD Fire Board has decided to use Ravenna City Dispatching starting June 1, 2013. Captain David Rarrich from Ravenna City Dispatching Services presented...

Residents Question Trustees on Nuisance Property

Windham Twp. - Windham Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled August meeting recently with all board members and fiscal officer present. The board approved the minutes from the regular July meeting and the emergency meeting as they were presented.

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.

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.

And The Walls Came Tumbling Down…

Nelson Twp. — The Nelson Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting on May 15, 2013 with all trustees present. Chairman Tom Matota opened the meeting with guest recognition. Mark Russell from Ellerhorst Russell Insurance presented the trustees with a rebate check from their insurance company OTARMA.  The township received a rebate of $1075.14 from the 2012 insurance...

W.V.F.D. Joint Fire District News

The WVFD Joint Fire District met for their regularly-scheduled meeting with all board members in attendance. The board approved the November minutes, expenditures, bank reconciliation and the temporary appropriations totaling $713,000.

Significant Savings in Portage County Premiums

Ravenna - Portage County government has seen a significant savings in its Workers Compensation premiums with the semi-annual premium changes released recently by the state. The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation issued premium updates that resulted in a decrease in premiums for Portage County of $291,012, with the new premium being $753,006, Commissioners announced. In the last update released...

Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Education Mini Grant to Portage County

Portage County Water Resources has received a $1,000 Ohio EPA environmental education mini grant to increase public awareness of the county’s water and wastewater treatment plants. The county was one of ten Ohio organizations to be awarded Ohio EPA environmental education mini grants totaling $42,813. Portage County Water Resources will use the money to print and distribute educational pamphlets to...

Moving Mantua Forward by Preserving its Precious Past

Mantua - A recent visitor to the area commented on how much she loved the beauty and small town American charm of the homes, churches and town centers of Northeast Ohio. When I gave her a quizzical look, she explained, laughing, “I live in Tampa, where everything’s new. We don’t have this kind of history at home.” Exchanges like that...

Bicycle Safety Rodeo Held in Hiram

Hiram - On July 4th Hiram Police Department held its annual “Bicycle Safety Rodeo” for children. There were 36 participants in the event. Bicyclists were taught the correct use of hand signals, proper bicycle helmet fitting and use, and general safe practices when riding a bicycle. “Dave Ovens works diligently to make sure this program is a success; we...

Windham Fire Board News

Windham - The WVFD Joint Fire District Board met for their regularly scheduled meeting at the fire station last Thursday, February 12, 2015. The meeting was called to order at 6pm and they immediately went into an executive session to discuss personnel issues. After two plus hours, the board reconvened  the regular meeting. The board approved the minutes from three...

Election 2011 Editorial — Get Out There And VOTE!

Well, I think that this makes it official.  “Family Circus” is certainly one of the most innocuous cartoon strips featured in the funny papers and today--Halloween--the oldest of the children--Jeffy, I think his name is--says to his mother, “Daddy said that if I want to be something REALLY scary, I should dress up as a politician.”  Ain’t it the...

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.

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.

Pixley Park Ball Field To Get Bleachers

Nelson Twp. - Nelson Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting recently with all members and fiscal officer present. The road supervisor Chuck Vanek reported that they had been working on hot patching on the following roads Adams, Pritchard, Prentiss and half of Bancroft roads. Vanek also stated that they were working on getting the township roads mowed as...

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.

Mantua Township News

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 items. Later in May, the township will provide document-shredding...

Nelson Township Trustee News

Nelson Twp. – Residents gathered at the Nelson Community House on Wednesday, February 18th for the second trustee meeting of the month. Present were Fiscal Officer John David Finney; Trustees Joe Leonard, Mike Elias, and Tom Matota; Anne Mae VanDerHoeven and Chuck Vanek were also present. Jarrod Senk of Boy Scout Troop 65 gave a short presentation on his proposed...

Windham Repeals Tax Credit

Windham - Twenty-five residents filled council chambers for the last council meeting of the year to voice their opinion on council’s plan to repeal the tax credit given to residents that work outside the village. Residents claim council is rushing it through in one month’s time   (November council meeting was first time it appeared on the agenda) by...

Hiram Village Report

Hiram - At the last meeting of the Hiram Village Council, Police Chief Ed Samec reported that his Department received three grants in February. The first grant, from Ohio Criminal Justice Services, will outfit Hiram PD patrol cruisers with two in-car digital dash camera systems. The second grant, from the US Department of Justice, will be used to replace...

Nelson Township organizes for new year

Nelson Twp. - Nelson Township Trustees opened the first meeting of the year with Jim Turos, Tom Matota and Joe Leonard in attendance along with Fiscal Officer J. David Finney. Prior to this meeting the trustees set an organizational meeting for 2012 and appointed Jim Turos chairman of the board and Tom Matota as the vice chairman of the...

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...

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...

Deficit versus Debt: What’s the difference and does it matter?

Garrettsville - A hot and emotional topic lately in the village of Garrettsville has been the village’s finances and whether or not the village is in financial trouble. The mayor has stated that several residents have approached him asking if the village is “broke”. The village, as of this writing, is not in debt nor is it “broke”. However, the concern that’s been raised is not about today’s finances, but deficit spending and what that may mean for the future.

2013 Election Results

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 Tax Levy – 2.99 Mills   School Boards Crestwood LSD David A. Becker Norman...

Windham Village Council Slashes the Budget

Windham - Windham Village Council met last Tuesday night with all council members, the mayor, fiscal officer and village solicitor in attendance. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Rob Donham. Council approved the agenda changes and the minutes from the last meeting. The agenda contained many issues revolving around the budget and the cuts that need to be...

Saving Mantua’s Center School… Fighting In The Trenches

Make no mistake, the whole initiative to Save the Mantua Center School has divided the current township trustees—split them three ways as to what to do with the old school building. This not a new development either, because historically there has been much mud-slinging since the purchase of the school in 2004. The community has demonstrated overwhelming support for saving the school and making it into a community center.

Garrettsville Council Discusses Flagpoles And Finances

Councilman Klamer reminded council members that “Our job is to provide service to the residents. Our job is not to see how much we can bankroll.” He said as the village council they are responsible to the taxpayers and spending the extra money this year is “officials doing their job”.

Windham Township Trustee News

In other business, the Ohio National Guard's Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Site was selected as one of five possible sites for a missile defense site. The Missile Defense Agency, which operates under the authority of the U.S. Department of Defense, will be briefing local elected officials on August 5, 2014 at Reed Memorial library prior to a meeting open to the public. Brian Miller will attend on behalf of the township.

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...

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...

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...

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...

Historical Society To Donate Clock Tower

Garrettsville – Village Council met for their regularly scheduled monthly meeting on March 14. Minutes from the prior meeting, revenue, expenditure, cash balance, and income tax reports were all reviewed. Motions to pay the bills and accept the minutes were both approved 5-0 (Council member Karen Clyde was absent). Connie Knop and Kit Semplak, on behalf of the James...

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...

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