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Trustees move on Pebble Beach project

February 6, 2014
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At the Jan. 28 meeting of Canfield Township trustees, a discussion was held regarding the Pebble Beach storm water project. The project will replace rotted piping and clear clogs.

According to Township administrator Keith Rogers, the line is in need of replacement.

"The 42" pipe under Pebble Beach is three-quarters clogged," Rogers said.

Rogers also mentioned the pipes are old and are rotting and from the cul-de-sac the outlet of one storm sewer is buried. The cost of replacing the pipes and clearing the line leading to an open channel will run around $202,000, he said.

Rogers said the Ohio Department of Transportation has a new turnpike grant that entities that have the Ohio Turnpike running through it, can apply for.

"It is similar to OPWC (Ohio Public Works Commission) grant," he said. "The projects have to qualify through a points system."

While the township could apply for 100 percent funding, the chance of getting the grant would be narrowed. By kicking in a small local share, the grant would stand a better chance.

Trustees held a discussion to decide what the township should kick in to better the chances. They looked at 10 and 20 percent before finally deciding to go with 15 percent, which would be around $30,000.

On another issue, Rogers told trustees he checked into a new communications system for the township. He looked at plans that charged $40 per month for a hot spot that would allow the use of tablets. For phones, the Sprint plan was $549 per month and Verizon was at $512.09 per month for the same service.

Trustee Marie Cartwright suggested looking at Best Buy prices to see if the township could save by buying the equipment outright.

In other business trustees:

* Approved purchase orders in the amount of $4,686.50 and warrants and electronic payments of $51,918.03;

* Heard Rogers who said the Ohio Historic Preservation Office wants to do an archeological study at Township Park on Herbert Road that will help when applying for Ohio Department of Natural Resources funds;

* Approved $2,320 for plow cutting edges and $578.66 for a spreader valve replacements from Myers;

* Approved spending $2,300 to replace broken springs on the township's 2006 truck;

* Approved closing the sweep account at Farmer's National Bank and move the funds into a Star Ohio account to avoid paying service fee; and .

* Answered questions asked by the Canfield Soccer Club involving the playing fields at Township Park. Rogers said the restrooms will be open in the spring and the concession is not yet ready. Cartwright said the security of the park has not been addressed yet and Rogers will have to get more information on the club running the concession.



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