Springfield Township trustees renewed a contract Wednesday with Beaver Township to do dispatching for the township and gave them a 3 percent increase each year of the contract. This brings the annual contract amounts to $52,913 in 2011, $54,500 in 2012 and $56,136 in 2013.
One firefighter at Wednesday’s meeting questioned why the trustees are giving Beaver dispatchers an increase when they have not been completely happy with the service. Trustee Rick Jones said that both boards of trustees agreed that Beaver Township dispatchers are to familiarize themselves with Springfield’s policies and that from now on any complaints will go to trustees instead of middlemen.
Also Wednesday, Road Superintendent Rich Kennedy pointed out that beginning in April, traffic in the township will greatly increase because of the construction of two new service plazas on the nearby Ohio Turnpike. Kennedy said that the $70 million project will likely increase local business revenues because of the large number of workers expected to take part. The project will take more than a year.
Kennedy also said that when he meets with the Mahoning County officials this week he will ask them to prioritize paving of Garfield Road from state Route 165 to Beaver-Springfield Road this year.
• Heard a report from Dan James who spoke about plans of Allied Mining, Petersburg. James said the company will be mining near East Pine Lake Road for four to five years and then will mine for at least four more years on the Carrier property north of the road. All the mining will be surface mining and reclamation is being done along with the mining, he said.
• Said they will advertise bids for grass mowing during the 2011 season. Bid information is available at the township building and they will be opened March 21 at 3:30 p.m.
•Announced that the February and March meeting dates have been changed. The February meeting will be Feb. 2 and the March meeting will be March 2.
• Hired Thomas Fok & Associates, Youngstown, to engineer the Rapp Road Safety Upgrade for $14,260.
•Agreed to pay Columbiana EMS up to $8,000 for 2011 billing.
•Contracted with B&B Complete Services, New Middletown for maintenance on the copier.
• Retained Candice McDonald of MC Development to seek grants for the township. She was hired in July is paid a percentage of every grant she obtains.