SPRINGFIELD TWP.  During the Feb. 8 Springfield Board of Trustees meeting, Trustee Deborah Davis said she has received a number of calls regarding the new township-wide trash pick-up program through Republic Services.

"You have to call in and sign up for Republic, even though they may be your current carrier," she added that the company has had problems getting the information loaded into the system. She told residents to make sure to tell the company that they are residents of Springfield Township in Summit County.

Rates for the service for residents under the age of 65 are $48 a quarter, and for those over the age of 65 the quarterly rate is $43.20. Resident Willis Jones asked if Republic had back yard pick up and Davis said, "Yes."

Resident Jerry Halman asked what happens after the two-year opt out period. Davis said at that time Republic will be the sole trash hauler for Springfield Township.

In other news

- Police Chief David Hoover reported that for the month of January the department responded to 1,129 calls with 43 cleared by arrest. There were 110 traffic stops.

- For the Zoning Department, Administrator Pat Ryan reported that there were 12 complaint investigations (five nuisance related for trash and debris and seven zoning related for vehicle violations and use or no permit and a sign. There were nine zoning permits (seven for single family and two for fences.) Both the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Zoning Board met once during the month.

- Trustee Dean Young asked if anyone was presence at the meeting for the address of 1902 Knight Road, with no response.  The property was slated as possible nuisance abatement. Ryan said photos were taken the day of the meeting and that it appeared substantial progress had been made at the property. Young said he would like to see them complete the job and asked of Ryan would follow up with the owners. He made a motion to continue the decision on the possible abatement until the Feb. 22 trustees meeting.

- Also for zoning, Glenn King was reappointed to the Board of Zoning Appeals for the term of Dec. 31, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2022.

- A motion was approved to go to Executive Session to discuss pending litigation, status of negotiation with a public labor union and consideration for employment of a public employee. No business followed the session and the meeting was adjourned.

A special meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 15 at town hall. The next regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at town hall.