COVENTRY TWP. Next month, Coventry Township voters will decide two major levy issues for their community and township trustees are making sure they get in one final push to support both measures.
The May 2 vote will include a fire renewal levy and a police levy increase. At their April 13 meeting, trustees made one final effort to secure votes for the two upcoming levies. Issue 7 is a 2.5 mill policing levy with an increase of 1.5 mills and Issue 8 is a 2.5 mill renewal for the fire department.
Trustees Edward Diebold and Tom Seese encouraged residents to support both to keep safety services at their current level in the township. If the police levy fails, the township will have to go several hours during the week without police protection.
Diebold and Seese said the approval of both issues will result in some stability in the township and there shouldn’t be a need for more levies anytime soon.
In other business, trustees:
• Approved for the fire chief to purchase 20 Ballistic Protection Vests, three Four Gas Monitoring Meters with the remaining funds from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant in the amount of $22,395.
• Approved a contract to cover the expense of mowing both township cemeteries for the 2017 season. The price has not increased and is $9,500 for the year.
• Heard from Zoning Inspector George Beckham, who said a meeting was held about making changes to the number of times an electronic sign can change. Coventry only allows for the signs to change twice in a minute. He said the meeting had a good turnout and future discussions will be taking place about making changes to the number of times a sign can change.
• Announced there will be a yard waste and tire drop-off 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 29 and May 13 at Cottage Grove Park.
The next Coventry Township Trustees Meeting is set for 7 p.m. May 11 at the town hall.