Happy Spring to all! Hopefully the snow plows can soon be stored until fall and we can all enjoy some spring sunshine, budding trees, and colorful blooms. May good things continue to grow throughout our community.
ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR PART-TIME SEASONAL LABOR
Employment is available for part-time seasonal labor for road and cemetery maintenance. Please see Employment Opportunites under the Adminstration tab for a resume` and additional information.
Starting May 1, state Route 5 westbound between state Route 82 and Interstate 80 / Ohio Turnpike in Braceville / Newton Falls will be closed for one week for a culvert replacement.
The detour will be state Route 82 to state Route 534. The work is the beginning of a $3 million project to resurface state Route 5 between the Portage County line and the western Warren bypass limit.
The project also includes a culvert replacement and is expected to be finished by late September.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
The annual Spring Clean-Up Weekend and Scrap Tire Collection will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 5th and 6th, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. Check the EVENTS tab for additional information.
MAY 8, 2018 is PRIMARY ELECTION DAY
The Newton Township Administration Building is a polling place for residents in PRECINCT A ONLY. The polls will be open for voting on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The polling location for residents in Newton Township Precincts B and D is at the VFW Hall, 433 Arlington Road. Please contact the Trumbull County Board of Elections directly at (330) 369-4050 for information on procedures for absentee voting or for any additional questions regarding election procedures. PLEASE VOTE!!!!
OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE RAPCZAK FAMILY
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of David Rapczak, Sr. who served as Newton Township Zoning Inspector since 2015. He passed on February 18, 2018. Dave was an active member of our community, enjoyed his position with the Township, and will be missed by all who had the pleasure to work with him. We express our deepest and sincere sympathies to his family.
Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow.
--Robert Louis Stevenson
TRUSTEES SUPPORT CAMP RAVENNA AS SITE FOR MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM
In open session held at the Newton Township Administration Building, Trustees John R. Nemet, Doreen Lutz, and Peter J. Augusta met and so adopted the following:
RESOLUTION URGING THE UNITED STATES MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY TO SELECT CAMP RAVENNA JOINT MILITARY TRAINING CENTER IN RAVENNA, OHIO AS THE PREFERRED SITE FOR A FUTURE EAST COAST MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM
WHEREAS, The United States Missile Defense Agency is considering sites for a potential future deployment of additional ground-based interceptors for homeland defense; and
WHEREAS, the Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center is currently being considered by the United States Missile Defense Agency as a potential site; and
WHEREAS, Newton Township Board of Trustees will support the United States Missile Defense Agency; and
WHEREAS, the surrounding transportation hubs of Akron and Youngstown would allow for easy access for construction and operational traffic; and
WHEREAS, Camp Ravenna being selected would provide positive economic growth in Newton Township by increasing jobs and economic activity;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that we, the members of the Newton Township Board of Trustees of Newton Township urge the United States Missile Defense Agency to select Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center in Ravenna, Ohio, as the preferred site for a future east coast Missile Defense system; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk of Newton Township transmit duly authenticated copies of this Resolution to the Secretary of Defense of the United States Department of Defense, the members of the Ohio Congressional delegation, and the news media outlets of Ohio.
The Board of Trustees finds and determines that all formal actions of this Board concerning and relating to the adoption of this Resolution were adopted in a meeting open to the public in compliance with all legal requirements, including but not limited to Section 121.22 of the Ohio Revised Code.
There has been an increase in the amount of trash placed in our recycling bins. It is a privilege to have a convenient location to drop off recyclable items. Please do not jeopardize this service by leaving electronics, building materials, vacuum cleaners, furniture, and outright trash at this facility. Acceptable items are clearly marked on the bins and a list of acceptable items can be found on our page under CALENDAR/EVENTS and RECYCLING. The link for the Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District collection program will be updated when they release their dates for 2018. For your convenience, two clothing bins have been added on the Township grounds for those of you who have good used clothing to donate for the use of others. Our facility is under 24 hour surveillance.
FREE LED BULBS FOR FIRST ENERGY/OHIO EDISON RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS
Residential customers of First Energy/Ohio Edison quailfy for a free energy conservation kit which includes several LED light bulbs in various wattages, one three-way compact fluorescent light bulb, a furnace filter whistle, and LED night lights. To request a kit over the phone, call (877) 639-0219 or sign up at https://www.ohioenergykit.com/ .
GAS AGGREGATION PROGRAM
Newton Township has partnered with Trumbull County for a gas aggregation agreement with Constellation at a fixed rate of $3.45 effective for your December 2017 through March 2019 billing cycles.
The group rate is for residents and small business owners.You would call Constellation's number for the Trumbull County/Newton Township program directly to opt-in at
844-809-6834 (operates 24 hrs a day, 365 days a year). Enrollment is currently open. They will answer your questions directly regarding the program. Please have your gas provider account number and contact information ready when calling. If you have a current provider, you will need to contact them regarding any cancellation or early termination fees.
ANTICIPATING SOUTH CANAL IMPROVEMENTS IN 2018
The Trumbull County Engineer's office is seeking a grant to improve South Canal Street from the village limits to County Line Road. Representatives are hopeful the grant will be awarded. If received, the project should be scheduled for completion in 2018.
GRANT FUNDS SOUGHT FOR 2018
Newton Township has been approved for 2018 OPWC grant funds to improve South Center Street. The grant agreement will be finalized in the summer of 2018.
YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK
Trustees contracted with the county to complete may needed road repairs on township highways in 2017 for the safety of our residents. Major repairs on the following roads have been completed; Miller-Graber, Selkirk Bush, Scott, Starr, Woodlawn, Riverside, Fairview, and McMullen-Allen. Additional roads on the schedule for repairs are planned for 2018 and will be announced when finalized.
OAK KNOLL WIDENING AND RESURFACING
The Township was awarded an OPWC grant to widen, resurface, and improve drainage on Oak Knoll Avenue. The majority of the road work was completed in 2017. Final work on the project is scheduled to be completed in early 2018.
NEW IMPROVEMENTS TO THE TOWNSHIP BUILDING
The Township Adminstration Building has received a facelift. New flooring was installed by Calvetta Bros. Flooring, new energy efficient windows and a new entryway have been obtained through Dave Allman Home Improvements, and new security lighting has been purchased from YESCO lighting for the Township grounds and outbuildings. These improvements were funded by tipping fees obtained from LaFarge.
A NEW ROOF AND A FRESH, NEW LOOK......ONE OF 2016'S KEY PROJECTS
A gable roof was added to the administration side of the Newton Township Administration Building in 2016.
Dave Wiltrout Roofing, Inc. from Warren, OH was awarded the original contract for approximately $25,000.
The project has proven to be a good investment to date as it has addressed the chronic leakage of the original flat roof
as well as provided better insulation in the building. The decision was made in the interested of proper maintenance
to preserve the building and extend its useful life of service to the township as well as for the benefit of the community.