Township garage almost complete

LISBON — Center Township trustees could be moving soon into their new building.

Township Ken Schreffler reported at last week’s meeting the contractor told him Dec. 15 is the tentative date for moving into the new township hall and garage, which is located in the same location in the Lisbon Industrial Park.

The old township building was destroyed by fire in February and trustees have been working out of a temporary location since. In June, trustees hired Milla Construction to build a new 8,400-square-foot township complex for $420,000, which is being paid for with a portion of insurance settlement. The building has been under roof for a month, with workers focusing on finishing the inside.

With that in mind, trustees voted to purchase about $3,000 in used furniture and other furnishings for their offices, the police department, the road department and garage area. This includes chairs, filing cabinets, fire-proof cabinets, metal storage cabinets to serve as employee lockers, mini-dry erase boards and a meeting table. All of the items except the meeting table were purchased from ROF Inc. in Calcutta.

Trustees are still looking for a better deal on some other furnishings, such as used desks, which they hope to obtain from the county health department.

“I think this is a good start,” said Trustee Tim Novak of the purchases recommended by Schreffler and Trustee Greg Shive, who picked out the furnishings while touring ROF.

The township previously purchased four pews for $200 from St. John’s Episcopal Church in Youngstown to serve as public seating for meetings.

The township has already replaced all of its heavy equipment and vehicles and most of the other equipment lost in the fire.