Township roundup: Ravenna, Windham, Shalersville, Nelson


Ravenna Township’s fire department gained a seventh member.

“We’ve had a loss of our part-timers because they’re signing on with other departments that can hire them full time or pay them more,” Trustee Vince Coia said.

The township’s leaders are also monitoring progress on the new town hall/community center on Spring Street, across from the fire station where the trustees currently meet. They hope to occupy their new digs by next winter.


Windham Township will host a Memorial Day parade at noon May 31. The parade route is from state Route 303 and Main Street to Windham Cemetery, where Windham’s American Legion will participate in a ceremony.

Trustees plan to hold the annual budget meeting 5:45 p.m. June 3 to set the township budget for 2022. The trustees’ regular meeting will follow at 6 p.m. Both meetings will be at Windham Township’s town hall on North Main Street.

Township employees are out mowing and grooming the roadsides in the coming weeks, so residents may notice a bit more noise than usual.


Shalersville Town Hall will be getting more energy-efficient windows, thanks to an annual grant supplied by NOPEC. The grants are available to government entities that wish to improve energy usage in their communities.

Trustees also discussed grant opportunities for putting in a parking lot at the new township park behind the Town Hall. While they hope the Crestwood Youth Football and Cheer organization will help out, everything depends on when and if grants come through.


Nelson Township’s spring cleanup was “very successful.” Trustee Mike Kortan said participants went through six, 40-yard dumpsters, plus three more set aside for scrap metal. The scrap metal money goes back to the township, helping to offset spring cleanup costs.

With money left over from the township’s share of CARES Act funding, trustees elected to distribute goodie bags full of disinfectant wipes, paper towels, toilet paper and other necessaries to people dropping off items for the spring cleanup. The bags also contained a newsletter detailing what is going on in the township.

Kortan also noted that work continues on the new township storage building, which is nearing completion and will be used to store road equipment.

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Wendy DiAlesandro is a former Record Publishing Co. reporter and contributing writer for The Portager.