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Township: Indian Run needs trees

Willows to help with drainage

April 18, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Canfield Township trustees got an update at the April 9 meeting on the Indian Run, Phase 5 project. Most of the work is complete and the township is now looking to plant willow trees along the embankment to help with water absorption.

"It used to be a concrete channel along the creek," said township administrator Keith Rogers. "That allowed storm water to pick up speed and flow into the Starr Centre Drive area."

He said that caused flooding and the idea behind removing the channel was to slow down the flow and ease the flooding issues down creek. The section of creek that is on township land west of St. Andrews and Tyler drives and now has a more natural basin to allow for slower migration of storm water.

"The new system works as it is supposed to," Rogers told trustees. "It's allowing [storm] water to be more controlled."

He said there are a few details to finish up and the final step for Phase 5 will be to plant willow trees along the bank that will help with the water drainage. He said the trees will be five to six feet tall, which will help with the water issue right away.

"The ponding in that are should be taken care of," Rogers said.

Trustees also approved a resolution to continue the lease agreement with the Mahoning County Green Team for recycling locations. Trustee Marie Cartwright said the township only leases the Messerly Road location, for which the township receives $9,000 per year.

Cartwright also said according to recent surveys by the Green Team, the township is doing well with the recycling efforts.

"Canfield Township stacks up to any neighboring township when it comes to residents recycling," she said.

In other business:

Trustees approved the parkland lawn fertilization contract and township lawn fertilization contract to Western Reserve Landscaping. The company will take care of the landscaping and lawns three times during the year.

Trustees approved the contract for road salt through the Ohio Department of Transportation's purchasing program. The township will be required to buy a minimum of 1,200 tons to a maximum of 1,800 tons.

Approval was given to authorize the submission of an application for Ohio Department of Natural Resources land and water conservation fund grant.

Trustees agreed to approve purchase orders for $12,200 and warrants totaling $14,127.69.



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