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HOWLAND — Trustees took the next step by placing a new ongoing $1.5 million police tax on the Nov. 8 ballot and also approved the use of $18,400 of the township’s U.S. bailout funding to purchase eight body cameras worn by Wolfcom police.

Earlier this year, the department purchased eight more body cameras with a state grant, administrator Rick Clark said.

Howland got a $9,450 cut from more than $4.7 million in grants distributed to 109 local law enforcement agencies in January to start or maintain body-worn camera programs. At that time, Howland was among the departments launching new body camera programs.

The purchase brings the police department up to 16 body cameras. The department’s online listing currently lists 19 staff members, including the chief and deputy chief.

Trustees Clark, Matthew Vansuch and James LaPolla at their Wednesday meeting also had a first reading for the new $1.5 million police tax, which will likely get final approval at the trustees’ next meeting in July.

The levy, if passed, will generate $686,200 and cost the taxpayer $52.50 for every 0,000 of tax assessment, Police Chief Nick Roberts said.

The last approved police levy in the township was 10 years ago, in 2012. Roberts said the new levy funds will help the department hire another officer, bolster staff and reduce overtime costs. Funds raised would also be used for equipment and training, he said.

In other business Wednesday, the administrators:

• Hired Thomas J. Keiran as a part-time zoning assistant at $18 per hour as needed, with no benefits;

• Reassigning part-time postal employees DeLilah DeNicholas and Payton Loomis to senior clerks and increasing their hourly rate to $11.33 per hour effective June 16;

• Hold a public hearing to consider Howland’s alternative tax budget at the regular township trustee meeting on July 13;

• Approved the sale of a 2010 Ford E350 Braun Ambulance on the auction website The vehicle is no longer operational due to catastrophic engine failure;

• Accepted a $10,000 grant from the State Fire Marshal for the fire department;

• Approval of a new tender advertisement for the Township’s 2022 road resurfacing contract paving program and 2021 storm sewer upgrades;

• Declared harmful the following properties: 3448 Beechwood Ave., 3254 Crestview Ave. SE, 8141 Castle Rock Drive NE, 8848 King Graves Road, 6060 Mines Road, 2878 Niles Vienna Road, 8618 Old Orchard, 3478 and 3479 Overlook Ave., 3273, 3589 and 3709 Valacamp Ave., 2699 Fairview Ave., 309 North Road SE., 1041 Westover Drive SE, 1764 Niles Cortland Road SE, 1318 Rosewood Drive NE, 7687 Micawber Road, 8629 and 8600 Huntley Drive SE, 7648 Dawson Drive, 3167 Draper Ave., 568 North Road SE, 316 Henn Hyde, 2018 Roberts Lane, 9309 Howland Springs Road, 2661 Ridge Ave. and 1474 Raccoon Drive;

• Recognized June 19, June 19 as an additional paid federal holiday for all full-time Howland employees. The offices will be closed on June 20 for the public holiday;

• Reminds residents that the Howland Summer Farmers’ Market has begun. The outdoor market takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays in Richard E. Orwig Park;

• Announced that 2.5 tons of paper were recycled and approximately six Food Police Cruisers were donated to the Bolindale Food Pantry during the Township’s recent food shredding and collection event.

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