COVENTRY TWP. Coventry Trustees feel the same pain as families across the township following an accident on South Main Street that took the lives of two students and sent a third to the hospital.
During the June 8 trustee meeting, all three trustees shared their thoughts on the horrific crash.
The accident May 28 took the lives of Taylor Galloway and Amber Thoma, two 14-year old Coventry Middle School students. Prior to the meeting, a moment of silence was held to help remember those involved.
Trustee Edward Diebold praised the work of Coventry Middle School principal Tina Norris and the entire school staff through such a tragedy.
"Tina Norris is a rock star," Diebold said.
Diebold went on to say how awesome the Coventry community is rallying together during such a tragedy. He thanked the work of the Coventry Fire Department and the Summit County Sheriff on such a horrible day.
"I am proud to represent this township," Diebold said.
Trustees Tom Seese and Richard Kutuchief also sent their prayers to the families involved in the crash.
In other business June 8 the trustees:
- Approved to enroll in the 2018 Workers Compensation Group Rating program through CarWroks Comp effective July 1 in the amount of $3,959. The township is seeing a decrease in payment of $1,319 because of the township’s claim experience.
- Approved for Fire Chief John Dolensky to secure financing to replace the township’s analog radios to digital. The Regional Radio Grant from FEMA in the amount of $227,810 will pay for 22 of the 57 of the township's radios. The township has to pay a matching share of 10 percent, $27,781.
- Heard from Road Superintendent Lael Stouffer about his department doing roadside mowing and sightline clearing. He said if any residents have problem areas that need mowed or trimmed, to call the road department. He also said there is a new bin at the top of the hill at Lockwood Cemetery that all flowers and decorations will be placed in after the cemetery is mowed.
- Sue Johns, who works each year to keep Coventry beautiful, accepted a $500 from the Portage Lakes Ducks to put toward flowers.
- Heard from Carol Eubank about an upcoming postcard book of the Portage Lakes being put tougher by the Portage Lakes Historical Society. The book will be for sale later this summer and it will be a 140 pages, full color with a hardback cover.
- Seese and Diebold announced they will seek re-election this fall for trustee.
The next Coventry Township Trustees Meeting is set for 7 p.m. July 13 the town hall.