Patrick Ginnetti, the new Mahoning County engineer, said he wants to collaborate more and better coordinate activities with his counterparts in adjoining counties.
“What we’re trying to do is work with all the adjoining counties to develop some consistency, especially on the county lines,” he said.
Ginnetti said he has been discussing with Trumbull County officials snow removal, road patching and arrangements to accommodate heavy oil- and gas-drilling equipment moving on local roads.
The Trumbull County Engineer’s Office now mixes its own cold-patch asphalt, which is used for temporary winter road repairs before the plants that make hot asphalt for permanent repairs open in the spring.
“It seems like they’re getting better results than anticipated, and we’re going to certainly look at doing the same thing if it provides some cost savings,” over buying cold patch from outside sources, Ginnetti said.
Ginnetti commented after Commissioner Anthony T. Traficanti asked at Thursday’s commissioners’ meeting whether Mahoning could make its own cold patch.
Ginnetti said he believes the engineer’s office has the necessary equipment to make its own cold patch, but he isn’t sure whether it’s in working order.
Ginnetti succeeded Richard Marsico as engineer Jan. 7.