SPRINGFIELD TWP. Scholarships were awarded to two Springfield High School students during the May 11 Springfield Board of Trustees meeting.
Three $1,000 scholarships are presented to Springfield students each year from the Warner Cable funds. Trustee Deborah Davis said that Office Manager Amie Biltz blocks out all the names and identifying information on the applications before the committee chooses the recipients. She thanked Biltz and the committee their time and work to select the winners.
Receiving the scholarships were Jacob Williams and Brandon Hoxworth. Andrew Hanna was not available to be at the meeting and will receive his scholarship at the next meeting.
Williams has participated in marching band, served as class president, was on the varsity golf and bowling teams and participated in bridge building. He volunteers at pet shelters and churches and works for a restaurant as a senior grill line member. He is undecided on a major but plans to attend Marietta College.
Hoxworth carries a 4.32 grade point average. He has been a member of class council and has participated in numerous activities and clubs such as peer tutoring, freshman mentor, bridge building, Soap Box Derby, golf and bible study. He was voted "Most Likely to Succeed," received the 2015 fall sports academic award, lettered in golf and received the 2016 fall sports golf coach's award for working hard and being a good teammate. He has volunteered many hours for local organizations and has been accepted by the University of Akron.
In other business, trustees:
- Approved the purchase of firefighter turnout gear at a cost not to exceed $6,000 and to purchase tools and equipment to complete the set up of the tanker truck at a cost not to exceed $1,650.
- Accepted bids from the Summit County Engineer for the 2017 Pavement Maintenance Program. The township will compensate the contractor J.D. Striping in a sum not to exceed $2,850 for work performed for the program.
- Adopted a resolution for the Parks Department to make funds available for projects related to the Summit County Trails and Greenway Plan. Funds include a Creating Healthy Communities Grant.
- Accepted the resignation of Patricia McGee, a part-time assistant cook at the Senior Center; approved the hire of Kenneth Henegar for summer help at the rate of $9 an hour.
- Road Superintendent Ted Weinsheimer said the fishing docks and buoys are in the lake. He asked for residents to keep the roadside ditches free of debris, leaves and trash as it will help to ease some of the localized flooding during storms.
- Weinsheimer also said his department has begun installing new signage throughout the township. The department is able to add or replace 467 signs through a safety grant awarded by the Ohio Department of Transportation. The project was 100 percent funded, $52,000, through the grant for the cost of the signs and materials and the department is providing the labor.
Zoning Administrator Pat Ryan reported there were 26 complaint investigations completed throughout the month of April and 33 zoning permits issued.
- If your street has potholes call 330-733-3213.
- Director of Parks and Recreation Doug Foltz announced the Friday evening summer concert series begins June 2 with the group Swizzle Stick.
- A spaghetti dinner will be held from 2-6 p.m. June 10 at Springfield High School to help Springfield Officer Mike McQuillen, who is on disability retirement leave with medical bills due to a serious medical condition.
- Foltz said every Tuesday at the demonstration garden near the restroom at Springfield Lake, the Summit County Master Gardeners plant vegetables and flowers. The public is welcome to stop by between 9 to 10 a.m. to ask gardening questions. Every other Tuesday (beginning May 16) a program, Coffee Chat, will be held at 9 a.m. Coffee is served at the Senior Community Center and different topics will be discussed. The information for all programs is on the website, www.springfieldtownship.us.
The board went into executive session to discuss personnel matters with no action taken.
The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. May 25 at Town Hall on Canfield Road.