AKRON

Administrator hired

AKRON: The University of Akron said Wednesday that a Rutgers University administrator would become dean of University Libraries and special assistant to the provost.

Mark Winston’s appointment is pending board approval at its June meeting. He would be paid $183,000 a year.

Winston has served as assistant chancellor and director of the John Cotton Dana Library at Rutgers since 2008. Before that, he was a tenured faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He joined UNC after teaching in Rutgers’ School of Communication, Information and Library Studies.

Winston holds doctoral and master’s degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and an undergraduate degree from Hampton University.

He will replace Phyllis O’Connor, interim dean of University Libraries since July 1, on Sept. 1.

O’Connor will return to the position of associate dean.

FIELD SCHOOLS

Special meeting

BRIMFIELD: The Field Board of Education will discuss approving a supplemental contract and a superintendent’s contract for the 2013-14 school year at a special meeting at 5 p.m. today in the cafeteria of Field High School, 2900 State Route 43.

LAKE TOWNSHIP

Police equipment

LAKE TWP.: Trustees approved the purchase of cameras and computers for the Uniontown Police Department’s two new SUVs at their meeting Tuesday.

Total cost of the equipment for both police vehicles will be $17,847.

Trustees also approved the purchase of a 2013 Chevrolet truck from Schoner Cheverolet for the township Road Department at a total cost of $25,997.

NORTH CANTON

Bomb squad called

NORTH CANTON: The Summit County Sheriff’s bomb squad recovered various devices from a residence in the 1100 block of Sunford Avenue Southeast and will investigate them in more detail, authorities said.

The incident began shortly after 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, when North Canton police responded to a call that a person who had lived with the caller left the devices at the residence.

Police did not identify the female caller or the former cohabitant.

“The [woman] found items in her house. She was concerned about them. She called us. After we looked at them, we thought it would be best if Summit County bomb squad came down and looked,” North Canton police Sgt. Shawn Bates said Wednesday.

Bomb-sniffing dogs from the Canton Police Department also were called to check the area, Bates said.

Nothing else was found, and no injuries were reported, he said.

No additional details were immediately available.

PLAIN TOWNSHIP

Legal services paid

PLAIN TWP.: Trustees on Tuesday approved the payment of $5,200 to attorney Jennifer Arnold for legal services regarding her investigation of complaints of sexual harassment, work harassment and misuse of township technology leveled against former Parks and Facilities Director Todd Alexander.

At a special meeting May 21, trustees fired Alexander, who had been the township parks director since 2006.

Trustees also adopted a township “Whistleblower and Non-Retaliation Policy” that will be added to the employees’ handbook.

Township Administrator Lisa Campbell said the policy applies to all employees, and she plans to conduct training of department heads to make sure that they understand the policy.

In other action, trustees held a public hearing before approving text amendments to the township’s zoning resolution.

STARK COUNTY

Reading program

CANTON: Kids from preschool to high school seniors are invited to take the Stark County District Library’s summer reading challenge this year.

The program, themed “Exercise Your Mind,” will run from Monday through July 27.

Participants should register at www.starklibrary.org beginning Monday, and set reading goals for the eight weeks.

Prizes will be awarded at the end of the program.

Kickoff events will be held next week at all library locations.

For more information, call 330-452-0665 or go to www.starklibrary.org.

Hours revised

CANTON: Stark County Hunger Task Force officials on Wednesday announced revised hours of operation for the emergency food pantry.

Effective Monday, food will be distributed from 9:15 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. Mondays; 9:15 a.m. to 1:35 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; and 9:15 a.m. to 4:35 p.m. Fridays.

The modification reduces the Monday schedule by three hours, adds an hour to each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and keeps Friday unchanged.

The emergency pantry, at 408 Ninth St. SW, Canton, takes two visitors every 15 minutes. Visitors check in at the reception desks at the adjacent Goodwill office and pick up time tickets.

For more information or to make donations, call 330-455-6667 or go to www.starkhunger.org.

Anti-violence funds

CANTON: A program previously credited with reducing the city’s murder rate is in line to receive $50,000 in revived state funding.

Stark County commissioners on Wednesday approved a request from the county prosecutor’s office to apply for the money, which already has been promised, from the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services.

The funds will be used for the Community Initiative to Reduce Violence, which aims to reduce gang-related gun violence and violent street crime.

Activities are to include calling known gang members to a meeting. They are to be notified that violence will not be tolerated and advised that help is available to change their lifestyles.

The program is modeled after the Ceasefire program that has reduced violence elsewhere.

In other action, commissioners agreed to have the roof of the Board of Elections building replaced by Design Restoration, Inc., of North Canton, for $145,558.

A portion of the roof collapsed during heavy rain April 10. Insurance will cover the cost.

NORTHEAST OHIO

Firefighting grants

Two departments in Summit County and one in Stark County are the latest recipients of Assistance to Firefighters Grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office said grants went to: Northfield Village Fire Department, $74,100; Cuyahoga Falls Fire Department, $18,600; and North Lawrence Volunteer Fire Department, $32,467.

Assistance to Firefighters Grants can be used to purchase protective equipment, vehicles and gear.