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Township plans park upgrade and grant projects

October 17, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Canfield Township trustees had improvements on the mind at last week's meeting. They approved going after two Ohio Public Works Commission grants and gave the go-ahead for improvements at Township Park.

The OPWC grants were for two township projects that would deal with failing structures. The first involved catch basins on Catawba Drive.

"The catch basins are failing," said township Administrator Keith Rogers.

He said the 13 basins in that area were installed in 1976 and the sides are starting to cave in. The OPWC grant to replace the basins and cross-over pipes came in at $192,518.20, with 11 percent as township matching funds.

The second OPWC grant is for $50,015 with the 11 percent match that will cover restoration of two culvert pipes on Pheasant Run. Rogers said the two existing pipes have rotted and are allowing water to flow under the pipes, washing out the soil.

While both of those projects will have to go through the application procedure, a third construction item was approved for Township Park and could begin this month. Trustees awarded a bid to Foust Construction to install a paved basketball court and sidewalks at the park. Foust had the best low bid for the project at $42,717.20.

"Right now the Township Park contract (for the project) is being reviewed by the county," Rogers said. "The contractor feels there is enough time to get the project done this year."

The project calls for basketball courts to be installed next to the playground on the east side. The sidewalks would run across the north edge of the parking lot and would go around the playground to make for easy access.

In other business:

Trustees approved $1,176 for Professional Engines of Canfield to rebuild the governor of the generator at the Cardinal Joint Fire District's Station 2 on Messerly Road. The generator had failed and the rebuild would extend its life for another 20 years.

Trustees approved the leaf collection program. Residents of the township can stop in Township Hall and receive five free collection bags. Additional bags would be available for a cost of $2 for three bags. Collection dates for the Northeast and Northwest quadrants would be Oct. 30, Nov. 6 and Nov. 20. The Southeast and Southwest quadrants would be collected Oct. 31, Nov. 7 and Nov. 21. Chairwoman Marie Izzo-Cartwright said the dividing line for the quadrants is U.S. 224 and Ohio 46.

A preconstruction meeting was being held this week as trustees approved the repaving program for 2012. The township joined the city of Canfield this year and by combining projects, have seen a $9,000 savings. Diorio Paving was awarded the joint bid and the township's share would be $134,707.56.

8 Trustees approved $2,000 to go towards trick-or-treat goodie bags that the Mahoning County Sheriff's Department will give out as part of a Halloween safety program.

A congratulatory letter was read from the Mahoning County Recycling Green Team. The letter commended trustees on its recent electronics drive at the Canfield Fairgrounds that netted five semi-trailers full of items that would be recycled.

A discussion was held on replacing the township's cell phones. The present provider (Sprint One) had a number of issues including phones that would not send or receive and calls being dropped. Cartwright said other providers need to be tested to see if they will function throughout the township, before a new provider is selected. She also mentioned the need to find out what would be covered under the contract.

Trustees approved the financial report that included purchase orders for $192,083.26; warrants totaling $28,011.32; electronic payments for $15,617.93; and charges for $18,739.60.



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