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Green Township commissioners discuss lengthy voting lines

November 21, 2012
Morning Journal News

GREENFORD - Two Green Township trustees said they were made aware of lengthy voting lines at the community building during the general election on Nov. 6.

The issue was raised by a resident during Tuesday's meeting and Trustee Chairman Mark Stepuk and Trustee George Toy both said they had feedback about it.

The Green Township community building is the polling place for three precincts and Toy said, "I had people complain it wasn't set up very nice."

He explained there was one scanning machine for all three precincts and voting was steady all day, according to the discussion that followed. Police Chief Steve McDaniel said he overheard people in the parking lot complaining as the line extended out the front door.

The Mahoning County Board of Elections is responsible for the setup and trustees said they will let it know what happened. Trustee Dave Slagle suggested they went wrong by locating all three precincts in one place.

In other business, there will be a meeting at 5 p.m. Dec. 6 regarding changes to the post office hours.

The post office plans on being open four hours each day and had sent out a survey to each post office box holder. The meeting will be held in the community building and is open to the public.

Also, Toy said he is looking into a digital sign to post township events and had checked with Jenkins and Penske signs so far.

"They're not cheap ... $20,000 for a digital sign," he said.

Toy also noted he received a call about using community service people in the township for "maybe a couple of hours a month."

Fire Chief Todd Baird said, "We would gladly have them to wash and wax ... I'm there Saturday morning anyway."

McDaniel cautioned against using them without first having them sign an injury waiver in case they get hurt and said he would drop off a copy of the waiver his department uses.

McDaniel said his department responded to 456 events while putting 6,385 miles on police vehicle in October. He said Western Reserve Road is now open and they have been keeping a close watch on traffic but it wasn't a big issue.

Trustees passed a resolution so the fire department could have Engine #214 serviced and Baird said that Engine #212, the water tanker, was sent out for its new tank.

Warren Fire Equipment submitted the low bid of $103,872 to install the tank and equip it from the cab back onto the 2001 International which is a 1,000 gallons per minute tanker-pumper. The old tank was leaking and the new tank will hold 2100 gallons of water.

Baird said some other items were added like mirrors and pump handles and the change orders should arrive next week. He said the wheel covers were removed and there was rust under them and the wheels will be painted.

The department also purchased an 18" deck saw and chain saw for $1,250.



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