By ROBERT CONNELLY
Township trustees decided which roads will be paved and discussed two more road projects during a meeting this week.
They unanimously approved the township’s joint paving program, done in conjunction with Austintown and Boardman, for Deer Spring Run, Tryaltan Lane, Calico Drive, Meadowood Drive and the parking area at Dean Hill Cemetery. Shelly and Sands, Inc. of Akron will do the work at a cost of $148,920.
Township officials said Tuesday night they had budgeted $180,000 for this year’s paving. Trustees said that in years past, they had used any remaining funds for checking roads they had paved in the last few years and sealing any cracks to preserve the life of the road.
If the township does not do that, the leftover money, more than $30,000, would remain in the general fund.
Trustees also received project specifications from three consultants for a proposed Gibson Road project. Those consultants are Thrasher Engineering, CT Consultants and MS Consultants. Trustee Marie Cartwright explained that they are seeking to widen the road. She said Gibson is “Not the standard size road ...[this would] bring it up to county standards.”
Trustees unanimously approved advertising for bids on the Pheasant Run culvert-replacement project. Bid packets will be available at the township hall, 21 S. Broad St., from July 23 to Aug. 1, and bids will be opened at 10:35 a.m. Aug. 4 at the township hall.
Township officials scheduled a budget meeting for next week to discuss road projects that they plan to submit to the Ohio Public Works Commission. “I think we really need to sit down and look at our budget and earmark some money” for projects, Cartwright said.
The reason for that, she explained, is to set aside funds needed to contribute to the township’s part in any project that they submit to the OPWC later this summer.
Trustees also briefly discussed a counter-proposal that had been finished recently and sent back to the city of Canfield on a potential Joint Economic Development District. Trustee Stephen Maszczak said the township’s attorney “incorporated all the elements I wanted.”
Trustees did not reveal details of the counter-proposal.
A JEDD has been discussed as a solution to water issues holding back Windsor House, a proposed nursing home along state Route 446 and enclosed by Mill Creek MetroParks Farm. The facility would have 72 beds and employ between 72 and 80 people.
The township and city have been negotiating a JEDD, a way to share tax revenues, costs of fire and police protection, road maintenance, and water and sewer services. The two already share a fire department, the Cardinal Joint Fire District.
Township administrator Keith Rogers was not at the meeting because he was helping with the cleanup efforts after Tuesday’s tornado in Ellsworth and Canfield townships and the city of Canfield.