Perry plans gas aggregation hearing

SALEM – Perry Township residents wanting to discuss the issue of gas aggregation and whether to place it on the November ballot are invited to attend a public meeting at 6 p.m. July 14.

Trustees learned they only have to hold one public hearing. So the hearing previously set for June 23 before the next trustees’ meeting has been cancelled. The hearing in July will take place before the July 14 trustees’ meeting at the Perry Township administration building on North Ellsworth Avenue.

Last month, trustees said they will base their decision on what they hear from residents. With aggregation, everybody in the township would be pooled together so gas suppliers could buy cheaper and customers would see a discount on their bills based on the gas being purchased cheaper, Trustee Chairman Cliff Mix had explained.

In other business, trustees appropriated $75,000 from the road and bridge funds for line striping and the chip & seal program and $58,000 from the gas tax for microsurfacing. They also approved borrowing a roller from the county engineer to get roads ready for chip and seal.

Township roads to be paved are Brooklyn and Hampton Place, with Hampton Place chipped and sealed in preparation for paving. Other roads for chip and seal are Egypt and Painter. Township roads to be microsurfaced are Manor Drive, Old Farm Lane, Highland East, Highland West, Highland and Brookview Drive.

Trustees moved Korey Nelson, of Austintown, from training status to part-time police officer status. Police Chief Mike Emigh said he would like to have another part-timer eventually to fill an open spot. The department currently has three part-time patrolman who also work at other departments. There are five full-time officers.