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Trustees deal with a host of maintenance and project issues

August 21, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Canfield Township trustees stayed busy at the Aug. 13 meeting, addressing projects taking place in the township this fall.

On the street paving program, trustees agreed to add Whispering Meadows to this year's list of roads. That road alone will cost $43,646, but is still within the budget because of cost savings.

"We were able to add Whispering Meadows because asphalt prices came in lower than expected and we saved money by combining our paving program with Boardman and Austintown," said Keith Rogers, township administrator. "It was a significant savings."

Rogers said the paving program started in Boardman Township on Aug.12. Once Boardman is completed, the equipment will move into Canfield Township and Austintown will be last in the joint paving program. By combining for the bid, the three townships were able to get a much lower price due to the larger number of miles to be done and the fact that the townships are back to back. Rogers said the original estimate for the program was at $165 per cubic yard. The joint effort brought a price of $130.40 per cubic yard, installed.

To ensure that township roads stay in good shape, trustees also approved a Road Use Maintenance Agreement with the county. The agreement covers road damage caused by shale testing vehicles that send vibrations through the ground to test for oil and gas deposits. Although the agreement was approved, the Canfield trustees have not yet agreed to allow the testing within the township.

For the future, Rogers commented on recent Ohio Public Works Commission grant applications to replace a culvert on Pheasant Run and a storm sewer replacement project in Tippecanoe Estates.

Rogers said the storm sewer replacement includes aged catch basins that are made of brick. He estimates they are roughly 40 years old and are presently failing. The sewer pipes are corrugated metal and are also failing from extreme rust.

"Fairway Drive, for example, was installed in 1975," Rogers said. "It is well past its useful life."

In other business:

Trustees awarded the Township Community Park Sanitary Sewer Project to low bidder Express Underground out of Petersburg. The winning bid was for $127,600. Rogers said only one permit is needed then work can begin. Once the sewers are completed, drinking fountains and restrooms may be added.

Approval was given to install four posts around the fuel island at the Public Works Department. The bollards will help prevent damage to the fuel tanks and meets the state fire marshal's requirements. The installation will be done in house.

Trustees agreed to purchase a cement mixer so public works crews could mix concrete on site for repairs. It was determined to be cheaper than ordering a cement truck when smaller amounts were needed.

Trustees approved the installation of no parking signs on the west end of Sugarbush Drive following a request by the residents.

Approval was given to First Night Canfield to hold the closing fireworks display at Township Park this year.

Approval was given for the Summerwind Development street lighting district, phase II.



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