Mantua Twp. –  At a recent 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. Currently the Assignment Commissioner for Judge Becky Doherty, Ms. Paoloni is a former Probate Court Deputy Clerk for Portage County, and is running for the  position of  County Clerk of Courts.

Next, State Farm insurance representative Shannan Jursa from Garrettsville shared information about the major grant which State Farm awarded to the Crestwood High School. Ms. Jursa shared that State Farm is currently holding an open enrollment period for grants to local communities; she encouraged the trustees and interested community-minded residents to visit the State Farm website for more information on how to apply.

Trustee John Festa brought up the topic of investigating an alarm system for the Township Hall building. In previous meetings, it was announced that before the year ends, the township will need to have a system in place, since the MSFD will no longer be offering this service. Ms. Linda Ehlert represented the Mantua Township Historical Society, who has been asked to cover a portion of the costs for a new system, since the Society’s artifacts are housed at the Hall. After some discussion, Mr. Festa and Ms. Elhert have agreed to investigate fire and theft monitoring options; they’ll review their findings at a future meeting so that the group may come to a decision on how to proceed in the matter.

On a similar note, Trustee Jason Carlton suggested that once the elevator project is complete (at the Center School), the Historical Society consider moving to that location, which will provide better accessibility for township residents interested in seeing the Historical archives and artifacts.

Moving forward, the trustees will be holding a special meeting on Monday, November 7th at 7 pm in the Civic Center to discuss the latest developments in the Administration/Center School renovation project. Mr. Todd Peetz, Director of Regional Planning, will facilitate this meeting; the community is encouraged to attend.