SPRINGFIELD TWP. Trustees expressed their appreciation for Det. John Lombardi's hard work and dedication to the Springfield Police Department as his resignation was approved during the July 13 meeting.
Trustee Dean Young spoke about Lombardi and some of the accolades he has received, including being named Top Cop from the Summit County Prosecutor's Office within the last year.
"He has done a good job for us," said Young.
Lombardi came to Springfield in 2008 and has been assigned as a detective for the past four years. The consensus of township officials was "he is definitely going to be missed."
Trustees also approved Eric Glass to full-time status as a patrol officer and a service agreement with the Springfield Local Schools to provide an attendance coordinator for the 2017-18 school year. The school district will pay an annual cost of $32,500. An invoice will be paid to Akron Uniforms in the amount of $3,075 for five officer vests. A pending grant, if approved, will cover 50 percent of the cost, $1,538.
Fire Chief Vic Wincik said the department lost a longtime Springfield firefighter with the passing of former Capt. Andy Wells, who served the township from 1975 to 1996. He retired in 1996 moved to Florida and has been living back in the area for the last two years.
Police Chief David Hoover spoke about Uniontown Police Sgt. David White who was shot July 9 while responding to a domestic disturbance. White continues to recover after undergoing multiple surgeries for his wounds.
"We are friends of David's," Hoover said. "He used to work for the Lakemore Police Department; he is a member of our FOP and we would like for you to remember him and his family in your thoughts and prayers."
Hoover also praised the Volunteer Auxiliary Springfield Police (VASP) for the hours they donated to Rock the Docks as well as Springfield officers who volunteered their time.
Hoover then spoke about a new program for Springfield through OfferUp. It helps to protect buyers and sellers that are exchanging goods. It offers a place for those strangers to meet up for the exchanges or purchase of products through the Internet. The transaction would be videotaped. It is hoped that meeting at the police station will deter issues that sometimes occur when these purchases and exchanges, such as from Craig's List, are made. Hoover said that if the person does not show at the police department you know that something is probably wrong. A sign is going to be posted in front of the department where the area is constantly watched by cameras.
In other business, trustees:
Approved for Road Superintendent Ted Weinsheimer to prepare and submit an HMA pre-application form to the Ohio Emergency Management Agency for a funding opportunity for the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants for fiscal year 2017.
- Awarded a contract to the Ray Bertonlini Trucking Company for the Hilbish Road pipe replacement project in an amount not to exceed $11,200.
- Approved the cost of abatements for 18 properties at $4,140 for trash removal and mowing.
- Approved to remove Fiscal Officer Assistant Cathy Dobson from probation status.
The Springfield Township Board of Trustees held a special meeting to review the proposed budget. The Board reviewed the proposed budget with Fiscal Officer Sharon Harms. Trustees approved the 2018 budget and authorized Harms to certify it to the Summit County Fiscal Office. The meeting was then adjourned.
Save the dates:
Aug. 26: Food Truck Rodeo: Will feature 15 food truck vendors, craft beer and live music.
Sept. 16: Steak on the Lake
Sept. 17: car show
For more information on these events, visit the township website at www.springfieldtownship.us.
The next regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Town Hall, 2459 Canfield Road.