At last week's Austintown Township meeting, trustees approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the Mahoning County Engineer and the Austintown Township Trustees for the LeHarps Road Improvement-Phase 2 Project. The move was made to be prepared for when the Ohio Public Works Commission approves an Issue I grant.
"The ordinance gave approval for the township to hire a private engineer," said township administrator Mike Dockry.
He said the county engineer can't handle all the local projects, but trustees have to pass the ordinance to agree to use a private engineer for the project. Dockry said it is early, but the application deadline is within a week.
The LeHarps Road project involves concreting the last 300 feet of the road because of heavy truck traffic. The total project is estimated at $190,000 and the OPWC Issue I grant would pay for 84 percent of the costs. Dockry said the earliest the project could start is next June, providing the grant is approved.
Trustees also had five more motions to demolish structures in the township, which all were approved. Zoning inspector Darren Crivelli said it continues a program that has been very successful this year.
At the present time, Crivelli said there are four structures being demolished that will use up the $58,000 in unmatched funds the township received through a grant from the Ohio Attorney General's office. While those funds will be exhausted, the township can keep the program going by using the matching fund grant.
"Under the matching grant, the first $35,000 comes out of our pocket, then up to an additional $35,000 will be reimbursed," Crivelli said.
Under the matching grant, Crivelli is putting three out to bid, has five on the list from a prior meeting and with the present five, will have a total of 13 more on the chopping block.
Approved for demolition at last week's meeting were a single-family dwelling located at 152 North Canfield-Niles Road, a single-family dwelling located at 145 North Canfield-Niles Road, a single-family dwelling located at 682 Notre Dame Avenue, a single-family dwelling and detached garage located at 2658 South Meridian Road, a single-family dwelling and detached garage located at 5938 Kirk Road, and a shed located at 286 North Turner Road. All the structures had been declared insecure, unsafe and structurally defective under Austintown Fire Code 311.1.1 abandoned premises by the Austintown Township Fire Inspector.
In other business:
A motion was approved to initiate public hearings regarding proposed Amendment 2013-04-Z to amend the Austintown Township Zoning Ordinance and Township Zoning Map to rezone the subject parcels of real property located at 230-272 and 225-381 North Turner Road, Abbot Avenue, Finland Road, Meander Drive, and Bowman Avenue from Residence R-2 Districts to Residence R-1 Districts, and parcels of real property located at 4092-4298 Burkey Road, 1155-1193 South Raccoon Road, Westgate Boulevard, 303-495 and 304-494 South Edgehill Avenue, 4105-4275 Elmwood Avenue, 366-382 and 367-383 Rosemont Avenue, Lot Nos. 134-148 Parkgate Avenue, Southward Drive, Woodmere Drive, Western Place, and Westmont Drive from Residence R-2 Districts to Residence R-1 Districts.
A motion was approved for a new lighting lease with $1 option to buy at the end of the 24 month term for the Westchester Building with Chesapeake Industrial Leasing Co., Inc. at a cost of $9,985 payable in 24 monthly payments of $461.81 for a total two-year payment of $11,083.44. Money for monthly payments to come from the estimated $546.65 monthly electricity savings.