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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...

Mantua Village News

Mantua - At the start of the meeting, Mayor Linda Clark welcomed James Carrozzi, an auxiliary officer who recently joined the village police department. Carrozzi is a Ravenna resident who graduated from the Academy at Kent State University in June of this year. Next, the Mayor reported that Congressman Joyce’s visit to tour several local businesses previously scheduled for...

Mantua Village News

Mantua - As of September 1st, Kate Rogers has been hired as Administrative Services Officer. In this role, she will report to Clerk-Treasurer/Fiscal Officer Jenny August; in addition, Ms. Rogers will also work to process water and sewer billing with Village Administrator David Akerley. Rogers is a Mantua Village resident with a background in tax work. In his monthly report,...

Nelson Trustees News

Following the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, trustee Tom Matota opened the floor to those present. Jacob Seinc of Scout Troop 465 presented the trustees with updates on his Eagle Scout project (the cleaning and restoration of the Pixley Park hiking trail). Seinc has revised his plan to trade off the mulching of the trail with the construction...

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...

Windham Township News

Windham Twp - The Windham Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday October 3, 2013 with all trustees and fiscal officer present. Chairman of the Board Brian Miller called the meeting to order. The trustees approved the minutes from the previous meeting and the expenditures. Trustee Dann Timmons announced that Dale Soinski was appealing the county...

Hiram Township Happenings

Hiram Twp. - At a recent meeting of the Hiram Township Trustees, Trustee Jack Groselle mentioned that the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Office of Farmland Preservation is inviting local cities, townships and conservation districts to apply for Local Sponsor Certification by November 15. Local sponsors who qualify would be allocated a portion of the over $6 million available statewide...

Garrettsville’s “Walkable Neighborhood” plan gets the green light

Garrettsville - A Public Hearing was held September 11, 2013 prior to the regularly scheduled council meeting for Proposed Ordinance 2013-30 that would amend the current zoning codes to allow for a “walkable neighborhood” overlay district in the current R-2 residential zoned district.  Dave Harrington of The Reserve at Eagle Creek and Fox Hollow Developments stated that a lot...

State of the Village Report

Village Residents, It has been a little over a year since Mayor Craig Moser passed away unexpectedly and that I had the responsibility to step in and take over the reins of a wonderful and well respected Mayor.  I admit that at first I was frightened to be taking over such a huge responsibility of being your Mayor. I realized...

Windham Township Completes Major Road Repairs

Windham Twp. - Windham Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting on September 5, 2013 with all trustees and fiscal officer in attendance. The trustees approved the minutes, the expenditures, and the budget commission rates.  Road Supervisor Brian Miller reported that the chip-and-seal work on Brosius and Horn Roads were completed on September 4, 2013. He also reported that...

Nelson Township Trustee Meeting News

Nelson Twp. - Calling the meeting to order at 7:30 PM, Chairman Tom Matota opened the floor to those in attendance. A resident from Kyle Road was present to ask whether Dave Finney had been able to find information regarding cable service contracts within the township. The resident mentioned that SuddenLink (one of two providers in the township) continues...

Hiram Township Happenings

Hiram Twp. - Chairperson Kathy Schulda reported that she received calls from Township residents reporting that they saw brine trucks dumping into a township river. Ms. Schulda immediately reported this to both the Portage County Sheriff’s office, and to Akron Water Works. When the Sheriff’s office arrived at the scene, trucks were no longer present. As of the Township...

People Care Pet Pantry in Hiram

Hiram - The Hiram Police Department is excited to announce that we are now a donation drop of location for People Care Pet Pantry. The People Care Pet Pantry is an organization that provides families, who have pets, the needed resources to keep the pets in their homes during financial crisis and hardships. By doing so this reduces owner...

Hiram Township News

Hiram Twp. - At the recent Township Trustees meeting, Chairman Kathy Schulda shared that the township had been in talks with representatives from Pander Trucking regarding damage to Allyn Road where Pander’s storage wells are located, based on increased truck traffic to the wells. In the process of her discussions with Pander, Ms. Schulda learned that wells had been...

Nelson Trustees Meeting

Nelson Twp. – Residents gathered at the Nelson Community House on Wednesday, August 7th for the first trustee meeting of the month. All trustees and officials were present and accounted for.   Dave Finney presented the board of trustees with the minutes from the budget meeting; the minutes were approved as presented. Finney mentioned that he was attempting to get in touch...

Windham Township Approves Road Improvement Bids

Windham - Windham Township Trustees met on August 1, 2013 with all trustees and fiscal officer in attendance. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Brian Miller. The trustees approved the minutes and the expenditures before moving on to roads. Road Supervisor Brian Miller presented bids for sealing township roads with a bio sealant made from soy beans. He...

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...

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...

Resident Wants an Apology from Elected Official

Nelson Twp. -  The Nelson Township trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 7:30 pm at the community house. Chairman of the Board Tom Matota called the meeting to order and asked if anyone would like to address the trustees with any issues. Nelson resident, Ted Lysiak introduced himself, gave a brief biography and...

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

Windham - The W.V.F.D. Joint Fire District Board met for their regularly-scheduled meeting on Thursday July 11, 2013 at the fire station with four of the five board members and the fiscal officer in attendance. The board approved the minutes from the previous meeting, the expenditures and the bank reconciliation for the month of June. Fire Chief Mike Iwanyckyj requested...

Windham Considers the Use of Bio- Sealants for Roads

Windham Twp. -  The Windham Township Trustees met for a rescheduled meeting on July 9, 2013 at the town hall. The meeting was rescheduled due to the Fourth of July Holiday. The trustees present were Brian Miller and Dann Timmons, Trustee Jesse Wirick was absent due to an unforeseen event.  The trustees approved the minutes from the last meeting,...

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...

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...

Nelson Resident Questions Trustee on Meeting Attendance

Nelson Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting with all trustees and fiscal officer in attendance.  Chairman Tom Matota opened up the floor for comments or questions. A Nelson resident asked Trustee Jim Turos  if he would address the residents of Nelson, who pay him $9,000/year plus free medical, on why he felt attending a tractor show...

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...

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...

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