Mahoning, Trumbull to buy road grinder

By Peter H. Milliken


The Mahoning and Trumbull county engineers’ offices will jointly purchase a $230,000 road grinder to help repair roads in both counties.

County Engineers Patrick Ginnetti and Randy Smith, respectively, appeared before the Mahoning County commissioners Wednesday to announce the joint effort.

“It’s a step forward for us to be a little more aggressive and proactive at trying to tackle this pothole problem that we have,” Ginnetti said.

“By purchasing this piece of equipment together, it’s going to be less of a burden on the two counties,” he added.

“This is a start in addressing the 2016 pothole problems in 2015. We both have those same challenges, and I think this will give both of our counties an opportunity to work together, and it’s to the benefit of the residents,” Smith said.

The machine will grind sections of roads and lay down contiguous patches, instead of having workers manually shovel asphalt into one pothole after another, explained Mahoning County Commissioner David Ditzler.

“It’s a 2-foot-wide grinder with a conveyor that will actually shoot the grindings into the back of a truck,” Ginnetti told the commissioners.

“It will grind off the section, tack it, put our asphalt down and roll it. We’ll have a much better repair,” he added.

“It’s going to help the crews work a little smarter and less harder. This way, we’re going to, hopefully, save some of the backs of the workers as well,” Ginnetti observed. The machine is expected to arrive and begin working here within the next two weeks, he said.

“It’s looking like it’s going to be a five-year lease-to-own-type arrangement,” he added.

Ditzler said the effort is an excellent partnership opportunity for the two counties. “It gives us an opportunity to do things from a regional standpoint,” he added.

In other business, the Mahoning County commissioners voted to close South Raccoon Road in Canfield Township between Leffingwell Road and U.S. Route 224 for about two weeks beginning June 15.

The closure is part of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s U.S. Route 224 and state Route 11 interchange improvement project.

The commissioners, meeting at Canfield City Hall, also awarded a $57,148 resurfacing project for Madison Street in Campbell to R.T. Vernal Paving & Excavating Inc. of North Lima.

That project is funded by federal Community Development Block Grant monies.

The commissioners will return to their regular meeting time and place next week for a 10 a.m. meeting next Thursday in the county courthouse basement.

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