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Fairfield trustees place 1.6-mill road levy renewal on ballot

July 8, 2016

FAIRFIELD TWP. - Trustees approved placing the 1.6-mill road renewal levy on the November ballot with a third reading during Thursday’s meeting.

Fiscal Officer Pat Hoffmaster said the 5-year levy, if approved, will run from 2017 through 2021 and will cost property owners 16 cents on each $100 of property valuation.

The money is used for road maintenance and construction.

Trustee Chairman Bob Hum and Trustee Barry Miner approved the measure with a 2-0 vote while Trustee Carl Garwood was not present with an excused absence.

Trustees also approved an alternative method to distribute Local Government Fund money for 2017.

In other business, trustees approved a $3,000 purchase order to repair the township’s Ford 7740 tractor and boom mower during Thursday’s meeting.

A shifting fork broke and after examining it with the top cover off “we couldn’t get to it,” Road Supervisor Mel Miller said.

“We have got to have it,” Miller said, adding the $3,000 would be for a worst-case scenario.

He said it was taken to Sensenig Farm Repair on Beeson Mill Road where the work will be done.

“There’s way more involved in it than we have time for,” Miller said explaining they will have to take the boom and mower off.

Trustees also approved a $5,000 purchase order for hot and cold patch for the road department and Miller advised trustees that the Columbiana County winter road salt price through the Ohio Department of Transportation worked out to $42.43 a ton.

Last year, Miller said, the price was $67.70 per ton.

Miner said, “If it doesn’t snow, we’ll do great.”

In other business, Zoning Officer Kymberly Seabolt said there were still a couple of unkempt properties she was dealing with that were sent second notices to clean up.

“We’re at a point where they have to respond,” she said.

Hum said the property at the Bunker Hill and Crestview Road intersection had a number of cars accumulating on it.

“We need to know what he’s doing,” Hum said, “it’s unsightly ...”

He also pointed to a property on Metz Road east of Columbiana-Waterford Road that had a notice sent on June 17.

Hum said they may have to contact the county prosecutor “and move forward” with action to remedy the problem.

He asked Seabolt to put together a package on the property he could bring to the prosecutor.

“We need to get something moving on it to tear it down,” he said.

Also, Miner gave an update on plans for the proposed Headwaters Nature Trail that are already moving ahead with the laying out of the beginning of the pavilion in Phase I.

The pavilion is just north of the Old School Lake behind the government building. Miner said a playground and gazebo that were added to the drawings will be deleted.

Hum said it was getting to look like Firestone Park in Columbiana and wanted to make sure the trail is Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant.

“I just want to be consistent in what we call this,” Hum said, “so we don’t get into a walking trail.” He said it will be called the Headwaters Nature Trail, noting appropriate signs for foot traffic only.

Miner opted for four benches for Phase I with two on the south of the lake and one at the observation point to the north and another northwest of that bench where the gazebo had been planned.

Trustees changed the date of the next meeting up a day to Wednesday, July 20 at 7 p.m.

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