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Trustees approve road paving program for 2014

June 5, 2014
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Canfield Township trustees approved the 2014 road repaving program to include four township roads and a cemetery parking lot.

Roads that will be worked on this year include Deer Spring Run, Meadowood Drive, Calico Lane and Tryaltan Lane. The parking lot at Dean Hill Cemetery will also get paved.

''Currently the cemetery is slag,'' said township administrator Keith Rogers. ''It is hard for people at a funeral to stand on it when it gets wet.''

The paving program is being done in conjunction with Boardman and Austintown. By going together, the cost has been greatly reduced. It is easier to move equipment a few miles and therefore saves money for each of the three townships.

Also discussed was paving Pin Oak and Gibson roads. Rogers said Pin Oak will need more work, as the edge of the pavement is right at a ditch.

On Gibson Road, trustee Marie Cartwright asked that Rogers get an estimate for paving. Rogers said the road doesn't have a proper base under it, and it would require tearing up the present pavement and starting from scratch.

''We will have to go to the dirt and build it up with a new base material,'' he said.

On a different matter, Fiscal Officer Carmen Heasley is concerned over the road department budget.

''We are way over budget,'' she told trustees. ''We should be at 35 percent for this time of the year, and we are at 50 percent. We should be worried.''

Heasley had received three separate bills for truck repairs over the past two weeks. She said the late winter had taken a toll of the three township trucks, and the repairs are being made now to keep them on the road.

In other business:

* Trustees approved the parkland trash service from low bidder Allison Brothers from North Jackson. The service will be provided from June through October at a cost of $350 for eight totes and weekly pickups.

* A lease agreement was approved with American Legion Post 177 to pay $1 per year for storage space at Township Hall. The Legion Post was not permitted to store their rifles, used in parade services, at the hall. The Legion will be required to provide insurance for their equipment and records.

* Trustees rescinded a resolution for Team 8 Archetecture's bid that was withdrawn for personal reasons, and awarded the Fire Station 2 HVAC installation to second lowest bidder Thrasher Engineering at a bid of $4,985.



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