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Delinquent Taxpayers and Lack of Long-Term Planning Hot Topics for Garrettsville’s Village Council

Garrettsville – –  Minutes from both the regular May 8, 2013 meeting and the June 1, 2013 special council meeting which authorized the mayor and clerk to enter into an agreement for the provision of dispatching services for the Windham Village Police Department were approved.  Immediately after, discussion ensued about the state of the village’s finances.  The current report...

Ground Water Monitoring Presentation

Garrettsville - The Garrettsville Board of Public Affairs and JD Environmental Consulting, LLC are pleased to invite the public to a presentation of the 2012 Baseline Report for the Village of Garrettsville’s Ground Water Monitoring Program.  The presentation will be given in the Council Chambers of the Village Hall at 8213 High Street in Garrettsville at 7:30 p.m. on...

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,...

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...

Windham Hires Two Part-Time Police Officers

Windham - Windham Village Council met for their regularly-scheduled meeting Tuesday May 28, 2013 with all council members, fiscal officer, the mayor and the village solicitor in attendance. Council approved the fiscal report, the minutes from the previous meeting and special meeting, and the fire, police and dispatchers reports as well. Commander Paul Fitzgerald, of the American Legion in Windham requested...

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...

The WVFD Joint Fire Board to Purchase Repeaters

Windham - The WVFD Joint Fire District met for the regularly scheduled meeting on May 8, 2013 with just enough members to have a quorum. The board approved the minutes from the special meeting on March 19, 2012 and their regular meeting held on April 18, 2013. They also approved expenditures and the bank reconciliation as well.  The board adjourned...

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...

Garrettsville Approves Appointment of New Full-Time Police Officer

Garrettsville –  Village Council, by a unanimous vote, approved the appointment of Matthew Noah as a new full-time police officer for the village.  Noah’s appointment fills the position left vacant by the retirement of Officer Mark Rich.  Councilman Kaiser, a member of the village’s safety committee, stated that there were two great candidates for the position, and it was...

Windham Police Will Enforce Local Ordinances

Windham - Windham Village Council met for their regularly scheduled meeting April 23, 2013 at 7 pm with all council members present.  Council approved the minutes from February, special meetings, regular March minutes, expenditures and the bank reconciliation. Mayor Rob Donham reported that they plan on resurfacing Wolfe, Wil-Verne, Spring, School, and Maple Grove Roads this summer. Resolution R-2014-4 Authorizing an...

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,...

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...

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....

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...

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...

Plans to save Garrettsville’s historic feed mill riddled with roadblocks

Garrettsville –  Representatives from the James A. Garfield Historical Society and all three Portage County Commissioners, Kathleen Chandler, Maureen Fredrick, Tommie Jo Marsilio, were present at the last regularly scheduled Village Council meeting held April 10, to present their ideas on the old Paul’s Feed Mill building at the east end of downtown and elicit cooperation and support from...

Nelson Residents Question Trustees on Road Maintenance

Nelson Twp. - Nelson Township Trustees met for their regular trustee meeting with only two of the three trustees present, the fiscal officer, three employees and 19 residents in attendance. Trustee Jim Turos was absent despite being present at a special meeting held at Pixley Park prior to the regularly scheduled meeting. Chairman Tom Matota called the meeting to order....

Nelson Trustees Use Road Funds for Excavator Purchase

Nelson Twp. - Nelson Township Trustees met last Thursday with all trustees and fiscal officer in attendance. There were four employees and ten guests in attendance as well. After the approval of the minutes, expenditures and permanent appropriations, Chairman Tom Matota opened the floor up for guests to speak. Mr. Bill Steiner from the Portage County Solid Waste District...

Village of Mantua Battles Back from Fiscal Watch

Mantua - Last Tuesday’s Mantua Village Council meeting marked the momentous occasion of the Village being removed from Fiscal Watch by Nita Hendryx, a representatives from Ohio’s Auditor of State’s Office (ASO). According to Jenny August, Village Clerk-Treasurer, Mantua met the criteria of ‘Fiscal Watch’ at the end of 2007, but was not officially listed as such until August...

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...

Garrettsville’s Design Review Board Is Retired…For Now

Garrettsville – A Public Hearing was held prior the regularly scheduled Village Council meeting March 13, to discuss proposed restructuring of the Design Review Board (DRB).   Residents and business owners discussed the opinions and asked questions about the proposed ordinance.  Mayor Patrick assured everyone that if these changes were made the Historic District would not be affected.  Solicitor...

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...

Windham Plans Mayor’s Court

Windham - Windham Village Council met for their regularly-scheduled meeting February 26, 2013 with  five of the six council members present, along with the Mayor Rob Donham, Fiscal Officer Lloyd Billman and Solicitor Tom Reitz in attendance. Council woman Deb Blewitt was excused from the meeting. Council approved the minutes from the January meeting and tabled the approval of the...

Middlefield Mayor Ben Garlich to Present the “State of Village”

Middlefield - The Middlefield Chamber of Commerce invites all to a luncheon with Middlefield mayor, Ben Garlich. When Ben Garlich took over as mayor of Middlefield Village on Jan. 1, 2012, his primary goal was to build the economic base of this community. Under Mayor Garlich’s leadership, the Village of Middlefield now offers to residents, a state-of-the-art Web site, is experiencing...

Nelson Undecided on Fate of Old Garage

Nelson Twp. - Nelson Township Trustees met on February 27, 2013 for a special meeting originally set up to discuss the possibility of leasing the old township garage to the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard (NGCC).  The meeting drew over 40 interested people and was somewhat heated at times but in the end, resulted in nothing. On February 7, 2013 the...

Hiram Village News

TOWN HALL MEETING WITH STATE SEN. JOHN EKLUND On Friday, March 1, 2013 AT 8:30 A.M., State Sen. John Eklund will be at Koritansky Hall to exchange ideas and discuss the state’s new proposed 2014-2015 budget and any other matters of concern to our community. Koritansky Hall is located in the heart of Hiram at the intersections of SR 700,...

WVFD Joint Fire District News

Windham - The WVFD Joint Fire District Board met for their regularly scheduled meeting on February 14, 2013 at the fire station. The entire board and fiscal officer were in attendance. The board approved the minutes, the expenditures, yearly appropriations of $623,413 and the monthly bank reconciliation before moving on to the chief’s report. Fire Chief Mike Iwanyckyj reported that...

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...

Fate of Garrettsville’s Design Review Board up for Debate

Garrettsville – Village Council met on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 for their regularly scheduled monthly meeting.   The public hearing that had been scheduled at last month’s council meeting to discuss proposed restructuring of the Design Review Board (DRB) was postponed due to an error in publishing the announcement.  Instead, proposed Ordinance 2013-01 was presented for second reading.  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...

Skrovan New Hiram Village Fiscal Officer

Hiram - Sue Skrovan was sworn in by Hiram Village Mayor Bertrand as the newly appointed Fiscal Officer at the last Village Council meeting. Skrovan, who was officially appointed by a unanimous vote of the Hiram Village Council on December 27, started in her new role on December 28. Skrovan, a 20-year resident of Mantua, has served as the...

Windham Residents File Referendum

Windham -  Windham Village residents sent a strong message to council last week saying they were not happy with a decision council made in December by enacting Ordinance (O-2012-50) to repeal the village’s .5% tax credit given to residents who live in the village and work in another municipality. Residents felt they were being punished for having a job...

‘State of the Village’ and Mayoral appointments top Garrettsville’s opening agenda for 2013

Garrettsville – Village Council met on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 for their first regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the new year.  The first order of business was to ask for nominations and elect a new Council President.  2012 Council President Steve Hadzinsky, who was elected to fill the spot when former Council President Rick Patrick acceded to Mayor, was...

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...

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...

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...

Nelson goes to Narrow Band Radios

Nelson Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting last Wednesday with all trustees and the fiscal officer in attendance. Chairman Jim Turos called the meeting to order.  Fiscal officer J. David Finney presented the expenditures including wages totaling $4606.91, minutes from the previous meeting, notice of a zoning court date, the final figures for the handicap ramp and...

Garrettsville Council Votes Down Exterior Maintenance Ordinance

Garrettsville – Village Council, at the November 14, 2012 council meeting, voted down proposed Ordinance 2012-15 that would have enacted an exterior maintenance code for every property (residential and commercial) in the Village.  Council had tabled the ordinance and sent it back to the Planning Commission to rework it after receiving much opposition from residents at the Public Hearing...

Fire board Questioned on Gas well Safety Measures

Windham - The WVFD Joint Fire District Board met for their regularly scheduled meeting on October 11, 2012 at the fire station. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Ron Kilgore. The board approved the minutes as presented, the expenditures and the bank reconciliation. Chief Mike Iwanyckyj reported that the lights from the grant were in and the other...

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...

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...

Hiram Township Happenings

Hiram Twp - The Hiram Township Trustees met on September 18 for a regularly scheduled meeting. Normal business was conducted, including selection of JHI Painting of Mantua to update and paint the shake and wood trim on the historic Hiram Township Hall building. In addition, Portage county residents are invited to participate in a pharmaceutical collection this Saturday, September...

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...

Mantua Township Trustees Updates

Mantua Twp. - The Trustees of Mantua Township held their regularly scheduled meeting on September 20 at the Township Hall. The Trustees have scheduled a workshop on October 9 at 6:30 pm. The purpose of this meeting is to develop a grant application for the Ohio Public Works Commission. The grant, if earned, would offset cost for a township...

Garrettsville Council is Back to Business As Usual

Garrettsville – The September 12, 2012 council meeting opened with council approving the minutes from special council meetings that were held in July and August dealing with the resignation of councilwoman Karen Clyde, the death of Mayor Moser and appointment of Council President Rick Patrick as Mayor, and the filling of two vacant council seats by new appointees Becky...

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...

Dilapidated Mobile Homes Hot Topic at Windham Meeting

Windham Twp. - Windham Township Trustees met for their regular scheduled meeting last week with all trustees and fiscal officer present. Also in attendance, were township employee Mike Dye and Zoning inspector Joe Pinti. The meeting was called to order by chairman Dann Timmons. Residents from Gotham Road were there to question what was being done about  the mobile homes...

Reflections…

Heroes have been celebrated in song and story for generations and millennia.  One local hero has lately left us--too soon--and three songs/poems come to mind. #1.  Gilbert & Sullivan’s 1879 “Pirates of Penzance” contains a “patter song” titled “The Major-General’s Song” in which the gentleman referred to sings, ”I am the very model of a modern major-general.” Now Craig Moser would...

Windham Village places a .5% tax increase on the Ballot

Windham - Windham Village Council met for their regularly scheduled meeting last week with all but one council member present.  The meeting was called to order by Mayor Rob Donham. Council approved the amended agenda, finance report, and minutes from previous two meetings, with one meeting being a special meeting. The fiscal officer announced he would be unavailable for...

Rick Patrick Becomes Garrettsville Mayor

Garrettsville - Village council president, Rick Patrick, was sworn in as the mayor of Garrettsville last week after the unexpected death of his friend and mentor, Craig Moser. Patrick, who “did not want to become mayor this way”, took the  official oath of office on Wednesday morning in a brief, tear-filled cermony. A second ceremony was held on Saturday morning...

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