COVENTRY TWP. Coventry Township officially has two new trustees.
During the Jan. 9 trustee meeting, George Beckham and Jeff Houck were sworn in by Judge Jill Flagg Lanzinger.
Beckham is the former zoning inspector for the township and Houck’s wife operates the new Lala’s in the Lakes Restaurant on Manchester Road.
Houck said he is very excited to be on the board of trustees. He thanked his family and the community for supporting him in the election.
“I will do all I can to fulfill my duties as trustee,” Houck said.
He thanked former trustee Robert Saffian for all his service to the township.
Beckham also thanked the voters and said he wants to restore trust in government. He said he wants people to leave trustee meetings feeling good knowing township government is working for them.
In other business Jan. 9, trustees,
• Approved the organizational resolution and fee schedule for 2020.
• Approved to appoint Beckham and Houck to be representatives to the Volunteer Firefighters Depended Fund for 2020.
• Approved to apply for the 2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grant from FEMA for three automated external defibrillators to be placed on township's fire apparatus and battery-powered hydraulic extraction tools to include spreaders, cutters and rams. Coventry agrees to pay Gatchell Grant Resources a fee of $695. The township also agrees to pay an administrative fee of $3,000 to Gatchell Grant Resources if awarded the grant. If awarded, FEMA will pay 95 percent of the project, $42,650 and the application fee of $695. The township is responsible for 5 percent of the matching share, $2,244 if awarded.
• Approve to apply for the 2020 Summit County Emergency Management Agency Special Projects Grant. The Coventry Fire Department is requesting an enclosed water rescue trailer and miscellaneous interior shelving and storage racks to complete the trailer. The total cost is $15,000 and if approved, the Summit County EMA will pay the entire cost. The new trailer would replace an existing 20-year-old one originally built by members of the Coventry Fire Department.
• Approved to enter into a contract with Gatchell Grant Resources to submit on behalf of the township a regional grant with Green for the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant for accountability tracking systems. The total cost for Coventry is $37,993. Coventry will pay 10 percent or $3,799 along with the 8 percent administrative fee not to exceed $3,000.
• Approved to apply for reimbursement of training received in 2019 through the State of Ohio Fire Training Reimbursement Grant. The request is for $850 for the classes.
• Heard from Summit County Engineer representative Dave Koontz that Portage Lakes Drive from Manchester Road to Cormany Road will be resurfaced this upcoming construction season. He also a culvert under Portage Lakes Drive near South Turkeyfoot Road will be reconstructed resulting in an up to 45-day closure of Portage Lakes Drive this upcoming construction season.
• Heard from Township Administrator Anna Bryant that all the new windows have been installed at the administration/fire building.
• Heard from resident Carol Eubank about an informational kiosk about the East Reservoir, which is expected to be installed somewhere near the recently completed dam project. The kiosk will feature information along with historic photos.
The next Coventry Township Trustee meeting is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at the town hall.