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Township summer projects list growing

May 2, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Projects are in full bloom in Canfield Township. At the April 23 meeting, trustees passed several resolutions that will affect a variety of projects for this summer.

One project that will soon be under way is the acceptance of the low bid for the Westbury Park Sidewalk Project. The original developer had put up a performance bond on the development when it first began. The bond would cover work not completed and in this case, it means the completion of sidewalks.

"The previous developer didn't complete the project," said township administrator Keith Rogers. "The sidewalks were left unfinished."

He said there were sections of sidewalks put in, but not connected. The trustees decided to get the bond and complete the work. The bid was awarded to Foust Construction in the sum of $20,800. That will cover the uncompleted sidewalks in Plats 1 and 3.

Trustees also moved to proceed with the 2013 street repaving program. Approved in this year's list were St. Ursula Drive, Garda Lane, St. Rosario Drive, St. Angela Place, Revere Run, Canfield Township Public Works, Fire Station 2 on Messerly Road, Dorado Beach from Shields Road to Villa Rosa. The township's resurfacing program will actually be in conjunction with Austintown and Boardman townships. Between the three entities, the resurfacing program will cost $1.4 million.

Rogers said by joining with the neighboring communities, the cost per mile has been reduced. It saves on having the heavy equipment brought to the area, then returned. The contractor can now start and stay in the three townships until the work is done, saving a lot on transportation costs for all three townships.

Trustees also approved having Dean Hill Cemetery and the township parking lot sealed at a cost not to exceed $1,900. Under the agreement, trustees approved giving the War Veteran Museum $1,020 to pay for the same contractor to seal that parking lot as well. Rogers said the museum has always permitted the township to use its parking lot for meetings and for the sheriff's vehicles to park. The township will make the donation to the museum, which will in turn pay the contractor for the work.

One final project item was the approval to apply for a NatureWorks grant to make further improvements at the township park. Rogers said the plan is to construct a 20-foot-by-30-foot pavilion between the basketball court and playground. The grant, if approved, would also cover the cost of four picnic tables for the new pavilion, two charcoal grills, and eight additional picnic tables for under the concession canopy.

"The project will also include security cameras for the children's safety," Rogers said.

He said there was no problem meeting the May 1 deadline and he expects to hear the results in just a few months.

In other business:

-Trustees approved the donation of three old computers to Canfield Community Care Net. The organization takes old computers, sets them up and gives them to needy families with school-age children.

-Trustees approved a change order from the Eclipse Company to plant 10 five- to six-foot willow trees in the Indian Run Phase V Project. The larger trees will replace the original 737 saplings planned for the project.

-Approval was given for purchase orders totaling $26,742.50 and for warrants totaling $65,064.64.

-Trustees approved a cost of $45 for the Township Fiscal Officer to attend the Affordable Care Act seminar and the BWC Pool seminar at Bellville, Ohio, on May 1.



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