Highlights of Girard council's meeting Monday:
U Mayor James Melfi informed lawmakers that construction of the Shannon Road sanitary sewer project may begin next summer. The $3.2 million project calls for sanitary sewers along Shannon Road in Liberty Township. Sewage runoff from malfunctioning residential septic systems has been flowing into the city and has polluted Tod Park Pond.
U Frank Rich, city director of safety and human resources, requested a meeting with the building and grounds committee concerning Girard Lakes. The meeting date was not set. Also, Councilwoman Kathleen O'Connell Sauline, D-1st, asked for council to meet at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 concerning the lakes. Lower Girard Lake Dam is in need of repairs. Melfi has suggested the dam be breached to avoid possible flooding downstream if it fails. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has said the dam is not in imminent danger of failing.
U Jerry Lambert, city service director, told council the city has addressed 35 illegally parked vehicles since Sept. 20. Some of the vehicles have no license plates or were parked on devil strips or in front yards.
U Rich reported city firefighters collected $20,000 in one day for relief of terrorist attack victims.
U Councilman Thomas Grumley, D-4th, said the 4th Ward Block Watch will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Multi-Generational Center, former Tod Woods School.
Hubbard Township trustees took the following actions Monday:
U Announced that township lawyer Mark Finamore and Hubbard city's counsel, Gary Gilmartin, are finalizing the legal language for a Joint Economic Development District.
U Approved a road department expenditure of $23,850 for 300 tons of salt and 600 tons of slag
U A motion to jointly apply with the city for a grant to recycle Christmas trees. The township will announce drop-off dates and city will offer curbside pickup. The trees will be stored, chopped and mulch offered for pickup by residents from the township's property.
U Decided to apply for state Department of Transportation grant to update the safety of three township railroad crossings at Mount Everett, Elmwood and Fox North roads.
U Passed a policy prohibiting smoking in township work places.
U Board of education members said the movement to vacate Pearl Street, a busy section of road school children must cross daily to reach the playground, was voted down by Cortland council. Superintendent Matthew Chojnacki has been taking actions since last spring to institute some sort of restriction of traffic in that area to prevent any possible pedestrian accidents. The most to come from his attempts will be the placement of a blinking light in the area, thanks to the city planning commission. Donna Lewis, a third-grade teacher at Cortland Elementary, told the board teachers help ensure that children are careful when crossing.
U The board announced that the National Merit Scholarship Corp. has named three Lakeview High School students as commended students. They placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1 million students who entered competition by taking the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test. They are Daniel Furst, Megan Webb and Michelle Whaley.
U Members accepted $1,990 from Cortland Rotary Club for renovation to the stadium's handicapped facilities; $2,410 to the band fund from the booster club for band camp; $235 from patrons to the choir fund; $5,000 from Rotary for the public address system in the football stadium; and 25 17-inch computer monitors to Lakeview High school from Delphi Packard Electric.