SPRINGFIELD TWP.  Three Springfield High School seniors - Kendra Sanner, Kiarra Anderson and Tyler Dawson - received $1,000 scholarships from the Springfield Township Board of Trustees.

Sanner has a love for science and the environment, as well as seeing the effects of climate change. She will be pursuing a career in engineering or environmental science and plans to attend the University of Akron. She has lettered in bowling and band. Academically, she has been on the Honor Roll and received a Renaissance Award, is a member of Spartan Mentoring, Class Council, Student Council and Spanish Club. Her out-of-school activities include volunteering at Good Neighbors, at a food bank, and she has worked at Marc’s since June 2016.

Anderson was influenced by a first-hand life experience with Autism and her passion is working with exceptional kids with disabilities. She has chosen Early Childhood Education Specialist as her major. Anderson is enrolled in The University of Akron the Early Childhood Intervention Specialist program. She has received many awards both academically and through sports, including Renaissance Award, district winner and regional semiinalist in speech competition, lettered in girls golf and cheerleading. She has been in numerous high school and community clubs and activities including choir, peer tutor, Sparkle cheer captain, teacher’s aide in the special needs classroom, choreographer and volunteer at Kids in Drama Theater Camp, Rotary Youth Leadership.

Dawson credits his great grandfather, grandfather and father as his main influences in his life because they have shown him to work hard and to love your family. The most important lesson he says he learned from them is that God comes first, then family and then everything else. His goals for the future are to be in a situation financially where he can support his family and be able to help others. He has had four years honors in Renaissance and is in the Top 25 of his class. He plays football, basketball, baseball and is a member of Student Council and Class Council, is involved in his community with his church youth group and participates on mission trips in the summer. He enjoys being outside, whether it be fishing or playing sports, but likes video games and to be at home. Dawson will be attending the University of Akron to major in accounting.

In other business:

- During the meeting, two resolutions were approved authorizing and directing the township administrator to participate in the Ohio State Cooperative Purchase Program Via the Ohio Department of Administrative Services and to enter into a contract with Warwick Communications for telephone system technical support and maintenance in an amount not to exceed $400.

- Police Chief David Hoover reported the department responded to 1,144 calls in the month of April.

- A resolution for the Police Department was approved directing the township administrator to enter into a contract with LEADS Online for computerized investigatory services in an amount not to exceed $2,128.

- Fire Chief Vic Wincik reported the department responded to 183 alarms in April with 132 being EMS related and 51 being fire and rescue related.

- The Road Department has been out patching pot holes and Road Superintendent Ted Weinsheimer said for residents who have pot holes in their roads to call 330-733-3213. He also said the pier and boat dock are in and the buoys will be done soon. 

- Zoning Administrator Patricia Ryan reminded residents that zoning regulations state that grass cannot exceed eight inches in height.

- The board approved the re-appointment of Jerry Michael to the Zoning Commission for the period of May 20 to May 20, 2023.

- During public input, resident Ed Glinsky questioned the removal of an eight-foot fence at the ball field at JEDD Park. Trustee Joe DiLauro said there were no plans to remove the fence but, there was a plan to plant pine trees.

- Resident Jerry Halman questioned the water problem in his area and questioned the filling of Alexander ball field. Wisenheimer is going to investigate the water issue.

- The board went into executive session to meet with legal counsel for a pending law suit. No action followed, and the meeting was adjourned.

UP NEXT: The next trustees meeting will be held at 6 p.m. May 25 at Town Hall, 2459 Canfield Road.