Trustee steps down at end of month
April 12, 2018


Trustee Rev. Rick Stauffer announced at Monday's township meeting that he wil be stepping down from his position at the end of the month. He will be moving to Sharon, Pa. where he will pastor a downtown church.

"God placed me here in Austintown," Stauffer said. "Now He has work for me in another community. I am being replanted in Sharon, Pa."

Stauffer serves as pastor of Tabernacle Evangelical Presbyterian Church on Raccoon Road in Austintown. In 2013, trustees needed to fill a vacant seat and appointed Stauffer to the position. In 2015, he was reappointed and in 2016, was elected by township voters.

On May 1, Stauffer will be moving his family to Sharon as he takes on the role of pastor of Covenant Evangelical Presbyterian Church. He said he enjoyed serving the township and he feels his fellow trustees can continue doing a great job.

"I can say Austintown is in great hands," he said.

Beginning May 1, trustees Jim Davis and Ken Carano will have 30 days to find a replacement for Stauffer. If they can't agree on a replacement, the decision will go to a five-member committee chosen by Stauffer. That committee will have ten days to agree on a replacement. Should the committee fail to agree on a replacement, the decision will go to Judge Robert Rusu.

In another matter, Trustee Jim Davis read a proclamation honoring the acts of a Youngstown fireman. Earlier this year, off duty Youngstown firefighter Mark Kellerman was at a local gym when Raymond Housteau suffered a heart attack. Davis said Kellerman spent five minutes giving Housteau CPR before Austintown EMTs arrived on the scene. Housteau's life was saved because of Kellerman's quick thinking. At the meeting, Housteau was present and personally gave Kellerman the proclamation and his warm thanks.

Also during the meeting, Davis held a moment of silence in memory of Emogene Ditzler (County Commissioner and former Austintown Trustee Dave Ditzler's mother) and Randy Pugh (Weathersfield Township Fire Chief).

In other business:

Resident Ed Erdel brought a bucket of chunks of road that ended up in his drive after snow plowing. He told trustees his road, High Meadow Drive, was in terrible shape and needed resurfaced.

Wayla Evans from American National Insurance addressed trustees regarding the two-year-old Keep It Local Austintown program that brings local businesses together.

Trustees awarded the bid for the Westchester Phase 2 project to American Contractors LLC, who submitted the low bid of $88,224.21. Township Administrator Mike Dockry said he heard good reports from Trumbull County and ODOT regarding projects the company had been involved with.

Trustees approved the memorandum of understanding to take part in a joint road paving program for 2018 along with Boardman and Canfield townships. Dockry said by joining together, the township is able to save money and thus pave more road surfaces.

Park Director Todd Shaffer reported April 20 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. will be the Family Game Night at the park's indoor pavilion. He asks that any township families planning to attend to preregister on line so he can order the right amount of pizza and soda.

Liquor license permits were approved for Klafters Inc. dba Smoker friendly, 1698 South Raccoon Road (new class C1 permit); and a transfer to Budapest Bar and Grill LLC. dba Budapest Inn, 3780 Mahoning Ave. (D1, D2, D3, D3A class permit transfer).


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