Mail thefts persist; trustees honor zoning board chair

by Laura Bednar

May 9 township trustees meeting

Bath Township Administrator and Police Chief Vito Sinopoli said the police department received three resident reports confirming that their mail was stolen. The residents became aware of the thefts after receiving notification from their bank. The perpetrators altered the amount and payee information on paper checks and made a mobile deposit into their own accounts.

“The connection [between the thefts] seems to be external blue collection boxes,” Sinopoli said.

The Bath Police Department is working with the U.S. Postal Inspector to stop the thefts. In the meantime Sinopoli warned residents not to use external mailboxes.

“Has the post office given any thought to [security] cameras?” said Trustee Sean Gaffney.

Sinopoli said security measures the post office takes are confidential. “Many Northeast Ohio communities are experiencing the same thing,” he said.

Zoning member recognized

Retiring Board of Zoning Appeals Chairperson Linda Hastings was recognized for 21 years of service on the BZA. The resolution honoring Hastings read, “In her role, Ms. Hastings performed professionally, admirably, and conscientiously to protect the rights of property owners, balancing those rights against township zoning regulations. [She] dedicated her time and expertise to assure due process in conducting fair and impartial public hearings, timely deliberation, and well-reasoned decisions.”

Trustee Elaina Goodrich said she was an outstanding chairperson who will be missed. Said Planning Director and Zoning Inspector William Funk, “She was a pleasure to work with and did a fine job of running meetings.”

Hastings is to retire from the board on June 1.

Funk said the township is seeking volunteers to serve on zoning boards and commissions. Those interested can contact Funk at ∞