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Goshen Township trustees dedicate ramp to John Heffner

November 13, 2012
Morning Journal News

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP- The township trustees Monday night dedicated a handicap access ramp at the Administration Building to a former trustee.

The trustees dedicated the ramp to the late John Heffner and accepted a monetary donation from his widow, Lynne, to cover the costs of materials for the project completed this past spring. A plaque in honor of Heffner will be placed on the ramp.

According to Trustee Todd Beeson, Heffner was very active in the community and placed a great deal of importance on helping others.

"His heart really was in community service," Beeson said. "I think [Heffner] would have really been pleased with something like [the handicap ramp], something that benefits the residents."

- Lumberton Cemetery: The trustees agreed to accept full responsibility of Lumberton Cemetery, located at the corner of Western Reserve Road and state Route 534, which has previously been jointly owned with Berlin Township.

The trustees approved the transaction under the condition that the township takes full ownership of the property including mineral rights, Berlin Township assumes associated costs of the transaction and Berlin Township residents must pay non-resident rates for plots.

Under the advice of the county prosecutor's office, the trustees acted on a request by Berlin Township to assume responsibility of the cemetery. Beeson said that the township had been paying approximately $300 each year for maintenance and upkeep.

- Police personnel: The trustees accepted the resignation effective Nov. 19 of Cpl. Joe Olinger, who accepted a position with the Boardman Police Department. The trustees also approved the promotion of Kevin Ragan and Michael Wirkner from reserve officer to part-time.

-Outstanding recycling coordinator: Trustee Chair Bob McCracken announced that Paul Manypenny has been recognized by the Mahoning County Green Team as an outstanding recycling coordinator, one of just two in the county. Manypenny will be honored at an upcoming county commissioners meeting.

-No consolidation of courts: The trustees passed a resolution voicing opposition to the proposed consolidation of Mahoning County courts, which would close Court No. 3 in Sebring. McCracken explained that the consolidation would negatively affect both the police department and residents who would have to travel farther north for court business.

The next regular trustees meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Administration Building.



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