Canfield Township trustees approved additional funds at the Nov. 13 meeting to complete the facelift project at Township Hall. This extra workload for the project came after digging brought on the need for additional repairs.
The original plan called for replacing the entrance steps and putting in lighting and landscaping. As the project got under way, the digging unearthed other problems that needed to be addressed. One problem was utilities, according to Township Administrator Keith Rogers.
"Our utilities had to be upgraded," he said. "The gas line had failed and had to be replaced and we discovered a leak in the water line servicing Township Hall."
Another part of the project was repairing some cracking in the driveway leading alongside the building. Rogers said it was discovered that part of the drive had been built by dumping rocks on the grass, then eventually blacktopping over it. When approval was given to replace the whole section, Rogers said work crews had to remove 18 inches of top soil before hitting clay.
"The trustees felt it was best to fix it right so it will last well into the future," Rogers said.
In other business from Tuesday's meeting, Rogers reported on the state purchasing agreement for salt. He said the price this year is $37.13 a ton compared to $38.44 a ton last winter. He said the lower price was due to stockpiles from last year.
For 2012-13 winter, the township will buy 1,870 tons. Rogers said there is still a good amount left over from last year.
Rogers also reported on leaf collection. This year, the township is doing the pickup in house to see if it is cost effective over hiring out the program. As of Wednesday, Nov. 14, the township crews have picked up 302 bags of leaves. The program ended on Wednesday of this week.