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Trustees approve mailbox policy

April 17, 2014
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Canfield trustees approved a mailbox policy at the recent township meeting. The policy will cover the way the township handles mailboxes damaged by snow plows in the winter.

''If a mailbox is taken down by the weight of the snow [from the plowing] the road department will attempt repairs not to exceed $25,'' said township administrator Kieth Rogers.

He said if the mailbox cannot be repaired, it will be replaced with the standard bour by four post and steel rural mailbox, again at a cost not to exceed $25.

Rogers said residents will have a choice in the replacement. If they do not want the standard mailbox and post, or want a more expensive mailbox, they can choose to replace it themselves and turn in an invoice to the township. The resident will then receive $25 towards their more expensive box.

One of the problems the Canfield Township road crew has been experiencing is in new developments where curb-side mailboxes are installed. Rogers said the U.S. Postal Code requires mailboxes to be placed far enough back from the road that when the door is opened, it does not go past the curb. Rogers said it has to be behind the curb.

As for knocking a mailbox down when plowing, Assistant Road Foreman Bob Burkett said the maximum speed township plows travel at when plowing is 15 miles per hour. He said at that speed, it is difficult to take out a mailbox that has been positioned according to the guidelines.

Also at the meeting, trustees approved the purchase of a projector and screen at a cost of $429.68. The purchase will be used for videos involved with safety training programs for township employees. Some of the videos are provided by Workers Comp and involve topics such as first aid, CPR, and enclosed space safety.

''Some of our manholes are 12 feet deep,'' Rogers said. ''We need to be safe in confined spaces like that.''

He said some of the training could be combined with Canfield city employees. The projector and screen could also be used for power point presentations for the township.

In other business:

Trustees approved paying $594.66 as the township's portion of the ABC Water District insurance policy.

Trustees awarded the park maintenance contracts for 2014. The south portion of the park off Herbert Road was awarded to Dattilo and Sons Landscaping at a low bid of $175 per cut. This section includes the area around the soccer fields, pavilion and playground. The north section of the parkland was awarded to Easton Lawn Service at a cost of $500 per cut. This section includes brush hog mowing and would not be done as regularly as the northern section of the park.



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