Liverpool Twp. trustees appoint acting police chief, show off new equipment

Morning Journal/Stephanie Ujhelyi Liverpool Township trustees Keith Burke, Mike Bahen and Dennis Giambroni show off the township’s newly purchased excavator for the road department.

LaCROFT –After a brief executive session for personnel, Liverpool Township trustees temporarily appointed a new acting police chief.

Due to medical reasons, Police Chief Jayson Jackson is off temporarily, so Jarred Kineman will receive an extra $1 per hour for filling in as acting police chief.

Trustees also paid $71,982.72 worth of bills and announced the community cleanup with neighboring St. Clair Township will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday, May 18 at the new police station, 2485 Boring Lane. The fire department received authorization to not only spend $720 on department shirts but to seek bids for pending restroom and downspout projects.

Road Foreman Chris Bosworth was approved to order 3M for the township’s chip and seal program, as well as contact the City of East Liverpool to see if officials wanted to partner on the Curry and Crestview Drive projects. He also was okayed to investigate a security camera system for installation at the garage at a cost of $300 to $400.

Bosworth believes the equipment is needed as he already had trouble with someone trying to steal a load of gravel outside the garage.

Liverpool Township trustees also decided to pursue possible grant funds to replace two culverts on Valley Avenue and took a gander at the township’s new excavator parked outside the township building. “It will be a good asset to the township,” Bosworth explained with trustee Chair Dennis Giambroni noting that it will enable road crews to get in tight spaces and allow them to not renting one.

After some discussion regarding the new police station, which they hope will be complete this summer, trustees also awarded West Point Paving the contract to install a new 2-inch asphalt base at the project.

Trustees also agreed to a mutual aid contract with police, fire and roads with the Columbiana County Emergency Management Agency, to upgrade their website so they could update it themselves and to change liability insurance providers to the Ohio Township Association Risk Management, allowing them to improve their coverage while saving money.

Trustee Mike Bahen proposed the change, stating that the township could have saved $10,000 last year and the township is severely undercovered. For example, a 2005 fire truck is insured for $190,000 under the old policy; however, to replace the vehicle (if the need arises) would cost $400,000+. The new policy also would cover equipment on the fire trucks as well as make the township eligible to apply for $500 safety grants.

During public speaks, Rob George of Crestview Drive, who also is a past zoning board member, expressed discontent with the lack of enforcement regarding zoning. He suggested trustees consider adding zoning regulations to the revamped website and work on the public relations to educate realtors and neighborhood residents of where zoning exists in Liverpool Township.

“Once aware, most residents likely will comply with the law,” George explained, adding that he has been seeing parking issues, houses in disrepair and junk cars in his neighborhood. “I spent too much time on this, and this zoning is what the people wanted.”

The township trustees next will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 22 at township hall.