In preparation for the 2012 road resurfacing program, township trustees opened five bids for the project at Monday's meeting. Township Administrator Mike Dockry said a couple of bids were from companies with which he has never worked.
The low bid was submitted by R.T. Vernal Paving and Excavating at $334,050. Karvo Paving Company came in second at $339,370. The remaining bids were for The Shelly Company at $360,700, Shelly and Sands at $363,200, and Barbicas Construction Company at $397,300.
"I'll have to go through them and ensure they qualify and meet the specifications," Dockry said.
He will present the results at the next township meeting and make his recommendations as well as presenting a list of streets to be done this year.
Under zoning, nine properties were approved for demolition. The declarations were needed to have properties lined up for a possible grant. Dockry told trustees the county commissioners are submitting an application for demolition of homes and buildings throughout Mahoning County. Included in that application is $79,402 for Austintown. The township needed to pass motions to demolish homes and structures that have been declared unsafe or unfit for habitation in time to meet the grant application requirements.
On the list were structures declared insecure, unsafe, and structurally defective by the Austintown Township fire inspector. Those properties included a single-family dwelling and detached garage located at 252 South Four Mile Run Road, a single-family dwelling located at 130 Third St., an accessory building located at 131 County Line Road, a commercial building located at 3773 Mahoning Ave., and a commercial building located at 3781 Mahoning Ave.
Single family dwellings that were included on the list after the Mahoning County Board of Health declared them unfit for human habitation included homes at 207 South Four Mile Run Road, 133 Ohltown Road, 3908 Nassau Court, and 3889 New Road.
Also under zoning, trustees approved a motion ordering the removal of inoperable and unlicensed junk vehicles at 1391 North Canfield-Niles Road, 1204 south Meridian Road, and 4774 Mahoning Ave. Letters will be sent to property owners given them 14 days to remove the vehicles.
In other business:
Trustees approved a motion to request an auditor's certification for three fire replacement levies for this November's ballot. The levies are for 1 mill, 1.2 mills and 1.5 mills.
Township resident Frank Moran addressed the issue of the Racino and his concerns over traffic flow. He said the exit from Interstate 80 onto Ohio 46 could be a nightmare and he suggested the Lanterman Road bridge to nowhere could be a good alternative for Racino traffic. The bridge was built over Ohio 11 with the intension of connecting Lanterman Road with Silica Road, which never happened. The bridge is in place but not connected on either side of Ohio 11, thus giving it the name "the bridge to nowhere."
Trustee Jim Davis said the bridge may be continued with the new Racino and would be gated and used only by emergency vehicles needing to reach the other side of Ohio 11. Chairman David Ditzler said he liked Moran's idea and suggested he sit down with Dockry and present it.