Part of the busy agenda at the Tuesday, Feb. 12 meeting of the Canfield Township trustees involved approval of the final agreement between the township and the Canfield Soccer Club for use of the parkland soccer fields. The issue had been is discussion since last year's soccer season.
The agreement allows for other organizations and park visitors to both schedule and use the fields at the park on Herbert Road. It also allows for the soccer organization to schedule games on the fields during the season which runs from June 1 through September.
"I think the agreement is good for the soccer club, the township, and the community," said Soccer Club President Brian Governor, "It's a triple win."
The soccer club had put a lot of money into creating the fields when the park was first formed. Because it is a public park, the trustees wanted to ensure the availability of the fields for other township groups and residents. Creating an agreement that allowed other groups to book the fields as well as residents to simply play on them when they were not in use was the subject of months of negotiation.
Another matter that arose at the meeting involved customers of Columbia Gas and Dominion Gas. The township had switched from Direct Energy to IGS Energy to handle the gas aggregation program. During the switch of customers to the new aggregation management company (IGS), 400 of the customers were not moved and in the November billing, were charged a higher rate.
Township administrator Keith Rogers said he received a letter from Mark Burns of IGS. The letter noted that customers were sent an opt out letter by IGS when that company took over the aggregation program for natural gas. It said the IGS computers did not send the automatic enrollments to Columbia Gas and thus the 400 residents were not included in the aggregation.
Rogers said IGS was planning to make things right by reducing the rate from $0.48/ccf down to $0.405/ccf for the March billing. Burns mentioned in the letter that the reduced rate would help balance out the higher rates those customers had paid.
Rogers said most township customer's transfer was good and that only 400 customers were affected.
On a different utility, trustees approved the payment of $17,218.75 for a study on impervious surfaces in the township. The township had joined with Austintown and Boardman to form the ABC Storm Sewer District. Part of that formation required a survey of storm water runoff from surfaces such as roof areas, driveways and parking lots. Rogers said if the township had gone alone in the study it would have cost close to $34,000. By joining with Boardman, Canfield was able to cut the price in half for the study.
In other business:
Trustees approved the Westbury Park sidewalk project for $6,850. The funds will come from a performance bond released by the Mahoning County Planning Commission to complete the sidewalks in Plats 1 and 3 of the development. The project will go out to bid on March 25.
Trustees approved $14,500 for a sanitary sewer system at Township Park. The project will allow for drinking water and restroom facilities at the park and is expected to go out to bid April 30 pending Ohio EPA approval.
Trustees approved the reopening of Township Park effective immediately. The park had been closed due to a wildlife issue.
Trustees approved $13,212.64 to replace street signs in the northeast quadrant with reflective signage. This is the final quadrant to get the upgrade in signage that is required under federal guidelines.
Trustees approved beginning the bid process for parkland lawn maintenance for 2013. Bids will be accepted Feb. 18 with the winning bid being announced at the March meeting.
Trustees approved donations of $2,000 to the War Veteran Museum for plaques on the Wall of Honor; $5,000 for the Fourth of July to Rotary; $5,000 to the Fourth of July Parade Committee; and $8,500 for First Night Canfield.
Approval was given to spend $25,555.49 as the township share for the Canfield schools' resource officer.
Trustees approved the expenditure of $5,634.92 to purchase three new computers, one server, and one laptop battery. They also approved a $900 set up fee and maintenance agreement with International Business Solutions.