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Baird named Green Township administrator

GREENFORD — Green Township trustees last week hired Todd Baird as part-time township administrator at a salary of $1,300 per month to perform duties as presented by the trustees. His immediate duties include supervision of the road department.

Baird is also chief of the Green Township Fire Department.

In other business, the trustees voided the proposed contract with the Canfield Cardinal Joint Fire District they previously and reverted to the previous one after Ellsworth Township trustees rejected the proposed one.

Trustees had approved a new contract with the fire district at $156,799.10 split between Canfield, Ellsworth Township, Berlin Township and Green Township, but all the departments had to approve it.

Under the proposed contract each department was to pay $39 per call, with a refund or bill issued at the end of year depending on the number of calls the departments run in the year. The previous contract was not based on call volume.

Also, trustees approved zoning changes in an attempt to prevent the Mill Creek MetroParks from bringing the Greenway Bike Trail through residents’ property.

The trustees approved five zoning changes presented by the board of zoning appeals, based on the input of community members that would limit where the bike trail can be built.

Trustees approved a resolution requesting the Mahoning County Planning Commission to incorporate one acre of land between Calla Road and the Calla Cemetery as an extension of the cemetery. Zoning Inspector Bill Pitts said trustees purchased the property in 1991 with the intention to make it part of the cemetery and the current board of trustees has made it official.

The other changes prohibit the construction of a bike trail or other similar structures within 200 feet of an existing structure, within 200 feet of a cemetery, anywhere it restricts traffic to a public site if people had previous access or if it bisects a person’s property. The changes also include the requirement a trail or similar structure not be within 75 feet of a body of water and include a fence for protection of trail users.

The MetroParks is attempting to secure properties in the township for permanent or temporary appropriation (eminent domain) or acquisition to build a section of the Great Ohio Lake to River Greenway trail that runs along the old Niles and Lisbon Branch of the Erie Railroad Company railroad bed between Western Reserve Road and the Columbiana County line in Washingtonville. The proposed trail would run along the west side of Washingtonville Road and connect with the Greenway Bike Trail in Washingtonville.

The township has gone back and forth with the MetroParks the past year regarding the Calla Road property, from purchasing to donating to eminent domain appropriation. The township has no part in the private property disputes with the MetroParks.

Also at the meeting, the trustees approved $5,000 to pay the remaining cost of a CPR machine after the department received an anonymous donation of $2,500 for the machine; hired Brandy Brewer Kemmer as a probationary EMT; and granted permission for the South Range Baseball Association to renovate the baseball field at Coy Park for Pony League use under the condition that the field is for multi-purpose use without a permanent pitching mound.

Trick or treat will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 31, with costume judging at 6:30 p.m. at the fire station.

A Mahoning County Public Health flu shot clinic is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 9 at the community building.

khowell@salemnews.net

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