SPRINGFIELD TWP.  At the April 13 meeting of the Springfield Township board of trustees, a motion was approved to purchase new radios for the police department to comply with new federal regulations. 

The total cost of radios is $73,761 and the first of five annual payments is due in 2018, in the amount of $16,641.06.

In other police business, the board accepted the resignation of officer Zachary Flack, who will be in the military full-time and the board approved the payment of Springfield's share allocation for Metro SWAT in the amount of $4,764.01.

In other news:

- Trustees approved the closure of Canfield Road on two dates, the first on April 22 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for the dedication of the Spartan Trail and the playground. The event will begin at 11 a.m. with lunch being served, along with a treasure hunt and a pirate costume contest. 

The second closure is from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.,  May 6 for the annual Bark in the Park a family and dog friendly event held by the Humane Society in conjunction with Springfield Parks. 

- A nuisance abatement for the removal of a condemned garage was approved for 984 Tritt for the zoning department. Also, the acquisition of two vacant lots was approved, one on Utica and one on Tritt. The acquisition cost was $200 each. 

- Compensation was approved for zoning department employee Ann Dager for zoning investigations and secretarial work. 

- Road department Superintendent Ted Weinsheimer reported that his department is hopeful that snow removal is done for the year. According to Weinsheimer, the department used 1,520 tons of salt, which is 72 percent of the annual amount typically used. He asked that roadside ditches be kept clear of debris as blocked ditches cause flooding issues. The department is out patching roads and asked that residents call 330-733-3213 to report any potholes they may see. 

- The board approved a change for the cost of the annual maintenance to SCBA air compressor from the amount of $1,500 to $1,980.

- Trustee Dean Young noted that Deborah Davis was not at the meeting because she was in Pennsylvania at a conference presented by FEMA, where she was learning about communities and responding to disaster.

The next meeting will be at 6 p.m. April 27 at Town Hall on Canfield Road.