Highlights from the December 6 meeting of the Smith Township Trustees:
Gina DeGenova, Chief Assistant District Attorney and Public Information Officer for Mahoning County, was present at the meeting and said she anticipates the Mahoning County District Attorney’s Office to have a greater presence in the township, as well as the services offered by the office. DeGenova discussed the Mahoning County Special Needs Registry, which is open to any Mahoning County resident with a physical or mental disability. All information provided on the registry will be kept confidential and will be used by dispatchers, first responders and law enforcement in the event of an emergency. The aim is to ensure that all residents who may need special assistance will receive support in the event of an emergency. For more information, visit the Smith Township Police Department from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. DeGenova’s office can also provide speakers to talk about bullying, seniors’ issues, and various other topics. Call the Mahoning County District Attorney’s Office for availability at 330-740-2330.
Road worker Tyler McCoy gave his November 2021 report – I have a county sucked sump; mowed and weeded buildings and parks; had fire to burn brush; fixed a wash on Oyster Road; prepared winter gear; has a large dump truck repaired, with new injectors; I did some paperwork for the mini digger; filled potholes on various roads; ordered and received salt; Marin and Best Road trailed by the road; salted and plowed once; mow at the ramp. Used 148 gallons of diesel; 86 gallons of gasoline; nine tons of stone No. 57; five tons of HPM; and 50 tons of salt.
Police Chief Paul Ceresna released statistics for November 2021 – 77 incident reports; 15 crashes; 85 quotes; 161 traffic stops; 232 company checks.
• Directors approved a resolution to upgrade public safety equipment from the Department’s radio system to MARCS to reflect dispatchers. The cost of the upgrade is $51,178, which will be paid for by the local Coronavirus Fiscal Recovery Fund established under the American Rescue Plan Act grant.
• Directors approved a resolution to create the position of Crime Prevention Officer in the Smith Township Police Department. The position will have a part-time starting rate of $14 per hour. Paul Freer has accepted the position, which will be as needed with a maximum of 10 hours per week with varying responsibilities.
Zoning Inspector Peggy Christy presented the November report – Staff returned calls about limited ratings for North Benton Motel; Steve Pagano Aurora-Middletown Road, North Benton; Tom of Professional Appraisers for 956 N. Johnson; concerns about new neighbors in western California; new owner West California, demo and construction issues; Jeff Worley, Alliance Post Office, address concern on Mahoning Avenue; follow-up to the Mahoning Avenue problem; Karrie Houp, professional real estate appraisers, zoning for parcel 190360177000; and address reassigned to 11900 Oyster Road.
Trustees and fiscal agent
Discussed the need for Mark Finamore to provide a well-reasoned legal opinion to support the denial of payment of fraudulent unemployment claims for township employees based on the opinion of the Mahoning County Attorney’s Office.
• The trustees approved the financial report and the electronic transfers and warrants for October in the amount of $82,028.17.
• The trustees approved and signed the bank reconciliation summary for November 2021.