COVENTRY TWP.  Voters in Coventry will decide on issues 7 and 8 on the May 2 ballot.

During the March 9 trustees meeting, trustees detailed the two issues, which they say are needed.

Issue 7 is a 2.5 mill policing levy with an increase of 1.5 mills and Issue 8 is a 2.5 mill renewal for the fire department.

Trustee Tom Seese said approval of Issue 7 will not add additional police protection, but instead will maintain the service the township now has through the contract with the Summit County Sheriff's Office. The money comes out of the general fund.

Seese said information will be sent out to residents about the upcoming levies and he urges community members to get informed about why the increase is needed.

"We don’t like to ask for more money," Seese said.

If the police levy does not pass, police protection in the township will be reduced to less than one deputy at times, according to officials.

"It is critical to pass this levy," Seese said. 

Trustee Edward Diebold added that the Sheriff's Office does "fantastic" work in Coventry Township.

In other business March 9, trustees:

- Heard a presentation from Summit County Health Commission Donna Skoda about a variety of programs and services the county offers including text alerts for mosquitoes, drug and alcohol counseling and dental programs. The county also offers free Narcan kits for someone who is fighting an addiction or for family members of that person. A full list of programs offered can be found on the county’s website.

- Approved the application for the 2017-18 State Board of Emergency Medical Fire and Transportation Services Grant, which is administrated by the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

- Approved an annual service contract with Physio Control to service and maintain the fire department’s 12 defibrillators/cardiac monitors in the amount of $2,832.

- Heard from Road Superintendent Lael Stouffer, who said a number of trees came down with the most recent wind storm. He said the road department will clean up any branches that fall in the right-of-way. The township will not remove trees or branches that fall on private property.

- Heard from Zoning Inspector George Beckham, who said there will be a Zoning Commission meeting at 7 p.m. March 21 to discuss electronic signs at the town hall. Beckham said the electronic signs only change twice in a minute and the proposed change would be up to six changes per-minute.

- Heard from Trustee Richard Kutuchief about several volunteer projects coming up in the township. He thanked Paul Neugebauer for picking up trash throughout the township and would like to see more people get involved in picking up trash.

- All the trustees thanked all the youth teams that have stepped up to help maintain the parks. The groups will again maintain the parks this year.

The next Coventry Township Trustees Meeting is set for 7 p.m. April 13 at the town hall.