MAIN ACTION Deborah Davis and Joe DiLauro were appointed to one-year terms on the Volunteer Firefighters' Dependents Fund. DiLauro will serve as secretary to the board.

Other Business

• Trustees approved a job posting for the position of payroll clerk to assist in the fiscal office. The rate is $12 an hour, part time, flexible hours with no benefits. Applications must be in by 4 p.m.

Jan. 27. Applications are available online at

• Parks and Recreation Director Doug Foltz said he is looking forward to 2014. "I think there are good things happening. We will be finishing the trail (community trail located at Schrop School and JEDD Park) in late winter and working to improve our other parks," Foltz said.

• Three properties were approved for demolition and one certified for abatement with the cost to be placed on the tax duplicate as a lien upon the land in the amount of $4,916.

• Sam Ross, representing the county engineer's department, said the department is considering its options for the Canton Road bumps. Citizens have been complaining about the "speed bump"-like areas that have developed in the area south of U.S. Route 224. A letter was sent to the engineer's department from the trustees. Ross said a response will be given to the trustees shortly.

• Resident David Hohlbaugh approached trustees about saving a structure slated to be torn down. He has been trying to purchase the property. Trustee Dean Young said trustees are trying to look into it; however the structure was scheduled to come down, was delayed because of weather and it may be too late to save it.

• Linda Denton, coordinator for the Volunteer Auxiliary Springfield Police, presented the board with a report reviewing the activities of VASP for 2013.

VASP members volunteered 3,533 hours for the year. VASP members do senior checks, house checks, lake patrol, "shop with a cop" and participate in a variety of specialized training. Ongoing activities include high school traffic and parking, patrols for sports activities at the high school, parking and patrol at the summer concert series, bingo blowouts and other special events and traffic and road closures. The group assists in many other events and activities in both the township and Lakemore village.

• Trustees declared their recognition and gratitude to Shirley Davis for having directed and operated the food pantry through the Lakemore United Methodist Church for 21 years, saying her efforts have helped many families in need in the community.