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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...

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...

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...

Freedom Township Trustee Report For December 2015

Freedom Twp. - The Public Hearing Township Meeting was called  to order at 6:31 p.m.  on Thursday December 3,, 2015.  The public hearing was opened to review changes and additions to the Zoning Article VIII, definitions and review of any changes proposed to any amendments to the code. Trustee Zizka noted that the Notice of this public hearing was placed...

Hiram Village News

Hiram - In his report, Mayor Lou Bertrand shared results from the November 3rd election. He reported that State Issue #1, the selection of an Ohio State Legislative District, passed with 86% of voters, but that State Issue #2 regarding amending the Ohio Constitution received 55% of Villagers ‘no’ vote. He also reported that State Issue #3 -- Marajuana...

Portage County Provides Free Emergency Preparedness App

Portage County - While many digital apps are frivolous entertainment, this one can be a true life-saver. By downloading the free Portage County Emergency Management App, residents can prepare for and keep informed during emergencies, whether they be related to weather, crime, health, environmental hazards or road conditions. It is the first emergency management (EMA) app in northeast Ohio. The...

Road Issues Rock Hiram Township

Hiram Township - At the last meeting of the Hiram Township Trustees, Trustee Kathy Schulda reported that the Ohio State Patrol has been stopping trucks on Township roads near the storage well on Allyn Road. When stopped, drivers were issued a warning to produce an applicable permit within a set time period. Failure to comply resulted in ticketing. Soon...

Garrettsville Village has good chance of ending year in the black

Garrettsville - Work items completed (or near completion) by the Village were reported at the October 14 village council meeting.  Items included chip and sealing of Wheeler Road, crack sealing of several village streets and concrete work at the Boardwalk.  Councilwoman Becky Harrington reported that the streetscape on Main, Center and High should be completed by the end of...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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