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Trustees approve business matters

3/16/2017 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

The Springfield Board of Trustees approved a number of motions related to operational matters at its March 9 meeting.

Trustees moved directly into the business at hand after announcing a scheduled executive session on a formal hearing to review a personnel matter involving former Springfield Police Department Officer Zachary Sherbourne had been canceled, and a letter of resignation from Sherbourne, effective on the day of the meeting, was accepted. Trustees stated Sherbourne cited personal reasons for the decision in his letter and stated the decision was not an admission of guilt related to charges of misfeasance, malfeasance, misconduct in office and failure to obey an order and/or neglect of duty.

Following that statement, trustees approved the following:

• a real estate agreement with the Summit County Land Reutilization Corp. for the purchase of property at 1487 Canton Road, formerly known as Starfire gas station, at a cost not to exceed $10,000. Trustee Dean Young stated the purchase will allow for cleanup of the property, including the removal of underground tanks, and eventual redevelopment of the 2 acres, thus removing an “eye sore” in the community;

• the purchase of three uniforms for part-time firefighters at a cost not to exceed $2,000;

• annual maintenance for the fire department’s air compressor at a cost not to exceed $1,500;

• testing of fire department self-contained breathing apparatus at a cost not to exceed $1,500;

• an application for a 2017 Ohio Department of Public Safety EMS grant, requiring no local match;

• a request for the Summit County Engineer’s Office to do a speed study on East Waterloo Road from state Route 224 to Portage Line Road; and

• revisions to the revised wage schedule for 2017 to correct typographical errors.

Also at the meeting, Road Superintendent Ted Weinsheimer told trustees the department has used 60 percent of the average annual use of road salt for the year as of the meeting. He also cautioned homeowners that department personnel have responded to several calls about blocked drainage ditches and cleaned them out or rebuilt them, and he urged residents not to rake leaves into the ditch to prevent impediments to storm water flow.

Prior to the regular meeting, trustees adjourned from a special meeting held that day at 4 p.m. to enter into an executive session to review negotiations with a public employee union, with no action taken.

During a special March 1 meeting, trustees approved sending a notice to the board of directors of the Ohio Public Entity Consortium-Healthcare Cooperative of the township’s intent to withdraw from its contract at the end of the current commitment.

The next regular trustees meeting will take place March 23 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall, 2459 Canfield Road.

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