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Public Hearing To Be Held For Garrettsville’s Proposed Exterior Maintenance Code

Garrettsville –  Proposed Ordinance 2012-15 that would create an exterior maintenance code for the Village was up for a second reading.  A Public Hearing on the proposed ordinance will be held before the August 8  council meeting.    If  passed, the ordinance will require that all properties within the Village be maintained to the code standards and will give...

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...

Garrettsville Council Considers Changes to Job Creation Tax Credit Incentive

Garrettsville – The October 10, 2012 council meeting opened with council approving the minutes from regularly scheduled council meeting on September 12, 2012.   Revenue, expenditure, cash balance, and income tax reports were all reviewed.  The Mayor stated that the income tax report “looked good”.  It was also reported that collection of delinquent taxes was still ongoing and many of...

News from Hiram Township

Hiram Twp. - At the last meeting, Fiscal Officer Diane Rodhe shared that she received the official notice from the Portage County Board of Elections regarding the upcoming Primary Special Election on May 2nd. She also noted that Hiram Township will be receiving a new laptop computer from the Auditor of State some time this summer, and noted that...

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...

Hiram Village Council News

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, and during the same meeting, elected Mr. Wadkins to...

Windham Township Hires Part-Time Help

Windham Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting with all trustees and fiscal officer in attendance. Chairman Dann Timmons called the meeting to order. The minutes were approved as presented.  Next, they passed a resolution to pay the bills. Timmons asked for a motion to accept the proposed budget as determined by the Portage County Budget Commission, Brian...

Newton Falls Village Council Report

“You can continue to ignore reality, but you cannot continue to ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.” – Ayn Rand Newton Falls - After the call to order and Pledge of Allegiance the roll was taken. Mayor Waddell was excused because of an illness. All but one other council member was there. There was a special presentation by Mr. Pat...

WFVD Outsourced Dispatch Service Up and Running

Windham - The WVFD Joint Fire Board met for their regularly scheduled meeting on June 13, 2013 with all board members and fiscal officer in attendance. The board approved the minutes, bank reconciliation and expenditures.  The board voted to ratify the amended contract with Ravenna City Dispatching Services. Fire Chief Iwanyckyj reported that since the switch on May 29, 2013,...

Garrettsville to be proactive regarding well water quality

Garrettsville - Since oil/gas drilling can be associated with changes in well water quality, Garrettsville’s Board of Public Affairs has decided to be proactive in setting up a Water Monitoring Program for the Village’s water well fields. A proposal was accepted from Dr. Jeffrey C. Dick of YSU’s Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences to conduct a physical and...

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

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 Portage County elected me to the Statehouse four years...

Hiram Village Council

Hiram – Mayor Bertrand called the meeting to order at 7 pm.  All members present.  The Mayor asked for approval of the minutes from the 7/12/11 meeting and the motion passed. Guests and public comment:  Doug McGee of McGee & Associates, Inc. spoke on behalf of Hiram College: A HUD grant is available that college would like to apply for. ...

Well issues continue to plague Nelson Township garage

Nelson Twp. - Nelson Township Trustees met for their regularly-scheduled meeting with trustees Joe Leonard, Tom Matota, and Jim Turos and Fiscal Officer J. David Finney in attendance. Mr. Finney presented the minutes from the January 4th, 11th, and 18th meetings and they were approved as presented. The minutes from the meeting on February 1, 2012 were read and...

Hiram Village News

Hiram - After calling the July 30th Special Village Council meeting to order, Mayor Lou Bertrand took the opportunity to recognize the EMS crew responsible for the 2012 Save of the Year Award. The EMS responders recognized were: Chief Bill Byers, Assistant Chief Mark Kozak, Captain Gary Bott, Firefighter Kevin Sponaugle and Firefighter Nate Miller. Chief Byers and Firefighter...

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,...

Windham History Class Visits State House

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. Over twenty students took the three hour trip to Columbus to spend the day sharing...

A Fresh Start for Nelson Township

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 Matota. Also present were Chuck Vanek, Anna Mae VanDerHoeven,...

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.

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.

Mantua Village News

Mantua - At a recent Mantua Village Council meeting, Mayor Linda Clark announced that Council has selected Steve Chapman as Mantua Village Zoning Inspector. The position was vacant since the death of the previous Inspector, John Vechery, in late December 2012. Mr. Chapman resides in Ravenna, but has roots in the Mantua community as the co-owner of both the...

Nelson Residents Outraged over Trustee’s Comments

Nelson Twp. - Nelson Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting with all trustees and fiscal officer in attendance. The trustees approved the minutes and expenditures. They also signed cemetery deeds. Mr. David Finney presented a letter from their insurance company, Ohio Township Association Risk Management Authority (OTARMA) questioning some items the township didn’t list on their policy....

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.

Windham Township Salt Supply is Solid

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 in the year. For now they are holding their...

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...

Hiram Village News

Hiram - The last meeting of the Village Council began with a work session held in conjunction with the Hiram Township Trustees. The purpose of this meeting was to iron out issues relating to taxes due to the Village by Township employees and a proposed resolution put forth by the Trustees to detach a parcel of land to the...

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.

Mantua Township News

Mantua Twp. - Zoning Inspector John Dickey announced that he has set up office hours the first few Thursdays of each month at the Center School/Administration Building to make forms available and answer any zoning questions that residents may have. While the township has posted updated permit applications on the township web site, Mr. Dickey acknowledges that residents without...

A night of recognition during Garrettsville council meeting

At the December 10th Garrettsville Village Council meeting, Mayor Patrick called Garrettsville police officer Timothy Christopher forward as he read Resolution 2014-38, which recognizes the seven years of service of police dog Taz and authorized retirement of the canine. It further authorized officer Christopher’s assumption of ownership in exchange for $1. Taz was retired earlier this year for health reasons. He now resides with his handler, Officer Christopher and his family. Christopher thanked the mayor and council for their dedication and continued support of the canine program and, though he will not be the canine handler any more, he will still be involved in a supervisory capacity. Officer Keith Whan will be Garrettsville Police’s new canine handler.

Hiram Township Happenings

Hiram Township - Township Resident Diane Rodhe made an appearance at the October 2nd Hiram Township trustees meeting to thank residents for the support for her son Justin Rodhe, shot putter at the Summer Olympics in London.  Mrs. Rodhe shared, “Thank you for the banners -- Justin appreciated the show of support from Hiram.” Her son has been in...

Hiram Village News

Hiram - This year the Hiram Village Spring Clean- up at the curb is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, 2013. Old  tire drop off from 8:00 a.m. until noon at the gravel parking lot just south of the Rosser Village Building will take place on that day as well. Curbside brush pick up will be on or about the last...

Tax Valuation Appeal Solicitations

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 an appeal. The entire process is free.” Tax Compliance Services...

Hiram Township Happenings

Hiram Twp.  - As of January, 2013, Kathy Schulda was voted Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Steve Pancost was voted Vice Chairman and Regional Planning Commission Representative. Meeting minutes from the past two meetings were approved, and are now available to view downloaded at the Hiram Township web site, hiramtownship.org.    The meeting continued as Chief Byers gave the...

Nelson Township Trustee News

Nelson Twp – Officials present at the June 4th, 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. Dave Freiss, chief of the Garrettsville Freedom Nelson Joint Fire District, requested use of...

Garrettsville Village Council

Garrettsville – Village Council met on December 14, 2011 for their regularly scheduled monthly meeting. Minutes from the November Council Meeting and a motion to pay the current bills were both approved. Revenue, expenditure, cash balance, and income tax reports were reviewed. There was a brief discussion on the financial state of the Village, which is...

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...

Garrettsville Village Council News

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.Following the presentation, the minutes from the January meeting were approved.  Revenue, Expenditure, Cash Balance and Income Tax...

Mantua Township Discusses Center School

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. According to Peetz, the Township has owned the building since purchasing...

Mantua Village News

Mantua - As noted previously, Ms. Linda Schilling resigned from her seat on Council at the June 18th meeting. That same evening, John Clark, husband of Mantua Mayor Linda Clark, was appointed to Council and sworn in that night. Since that meeting, several other key positions in the Village have been filled. Brian Rooth has been hired as a...

Windham Township Gets Ready for 2014

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 agreed to raise the insurance reimbursement from $6500 a...

Windham Township News

Windham Twp. - The Windham Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting with all three trustees present. Chairman Dann Timmons called the meeting to order and started off with zoning. Zoning inspector Joe Pinti reported that he didn’t issue any permits for February but he did field several calls on sheds sizes and fences. Pinti also received complaints about...

Windham Village Will Get New Police Vehicles

Windham - The Windham Village council met on September 22, 2014 with all council members in attendance. Mayor Rob Donham called the meeting to order and gave the guests an opportunity to address council. All of the guests preferred to wait until the end of the meeting before addressing council. Council approved the fire, police and safety report, the minutes...

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...

Hiram Village News

Hiram - There will be a pancake breakfast on April 20, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m.  The breakfast will be held at the Hiram College Kennedy Center, Dix Dinning Hall.  It is an all you can eat and will be $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for children under 10.  The proceeds go to benefit the Hiram Police...

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...

Nelson Township News

Nelson Twp. - The March 1 meeting started as they normally do with everyone in attendance rising to say the Pledge of Allegiance. Some of the general business that was discussed pertains to the campgrounds and their desire to have over 1,000 permanent sites. Trustees will be talking with the Portage County Health Department regarding this. The trustees need...

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.

Residents Question Batwing Mower Purchase

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 township garage for the North East Ohio Century Bike...

Council takes care of business

Mantua - Mantua Village Council members took care of several items of business at the Feb. 21 meeting. Council members approved the purchase and installation of an $18,000 Vaughan Chopper pump for the village’s wastewater treatment plant. The ordinance 2012-02 was approved 5-0. Council member Ben Prescott was absent. Council also authorized a transfer of more then $3,040 from...

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 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...

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