Officials to vacate Springfield Twp. roads
By Mary Grzebieniak
Mahoning County commissioners are expected to vacate Donaldson Road and a portion of Rapp Road next week, the final chapter in a long-standing Springfield Township dispute with a mining company.
The action is set for a commissioners’ meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Springfield Local High School auditorium, Springfield Township trustees announced at their meeting Wednesday.
Trustees voted 2-1 Jan. 30 to accept a $2 million settlement from Essroc in lieu of road reconstruction in the area which was the site of years of strip mining.
Though some residents wanted the road restored, an engineer told trustees months ago that strip-mining has left the area in a condition which makes this impossible.
The original agreement on the road was with Carbon Limestone, which later sold mining rights to Essroc. The 1978 contract called for the company to reconstruct portions of Western, Rapp and Donaldson Roads once it stopped mining operations.
Though trustees accepted the settlement, only county commissioners can vacate the roads. This action will allow the township to make the north end of Rapp Road a cul-de-sac.
The settlement also will give the township 3,000 tons of crushed and screened limestone each of the next seven years.
In other business at the meeting, Trustee Robert Orr said he was informed by an Ohio Turnpike engineer the construction of two new service plazas in the area is behind schedule and will go on for an additional six months. The portion that required heavy hauling through the township, however, is done, and restoration of roads will begin soon.
Officials announced that fire Chief Matt Gebhardt obtained his first-responder’s license April 26. He had been publicly criticized by other firefighters for failing to meet a deadline to obtain one earlier.
Police Chief Matthew Mohn reported the department’s new police dog, a Belgian Malinois named “Dany,”will work his first shift May 22. His handler is Patrolman Glenn Corey.
The township will auction a dump truck, grader, and fire gear and hose at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the township building. Baer Auctioneers will conduct the sale.