By ROBERT CONNELLY
Township officials discussed their response to last week’s EF1 tornado and will start to build an emergency- response policy.
Trustees Stephen Maszczak and Marie Cartwright thanked the city of Canfield, Mahoning County workers, and the county sheriff’s office for bringing day workers to help with the cleanup effort from the July 8 tornado.
“We cleaned up, wherever it was,” Cartwright noted at a trustee meeting Wednesday afternoon. “It was one community, and thank God it was a small emergency.”
This was the start of a conversation that led to township officials deciding to get a policy together for future emergencies. One of the main topics was length of time for debris pickup.
The storm caused significant damage to three homes in the Ellsworth Township-Canfield area.
Keith Rogers, township administrator and road superintendent, said road crews first made sure the roads were open and worked until 9:30 p.m. the day the tornado hit and were back the next morning. The township has been assisted by city of Canfield crews in the affected areas of the township.
Township officials decided they would look at Boardman Township’s emergency policy and talk with the Mahoning County Emergency Management Agency for some guidelines in writing a policy for future events.
Trustees also said residents should continue to call the township, at 330-533-4239 for debris pickup. Residents should cut their tree debris into 6-inch-wide by 12-inch-long logs and stack them at the township’s right of way with the cut edge facing the road for pickup by township crews.
The tornado caused damage to a tree at Dean Hill Cemetery, close to the intersection of North Palmyra Road and South Turner Road. That tree was removed July 9, and Cartwright said of the cemetery, “There’s a lot of work that needs to be done.”
The cemetery has been talked about for several months as all of the lots were sold before the township, with the help of the Mahoning County Engineer’s Office, plotted two more sections of land. Trustees have discussed working with their attorney to see what they can do about restoring some of the older headstones to preserve the historical aspect of the cemetery.
But Cartwright pointed to more tree work needed, such as removing a tree that has grown in size so that it’s next to a headstone.
“Going forward, rather than having this issue 20 years down the road for new burials,” the township takes trees out before they get to that point, Maszczak said.