Fairfield board approves spending plan

COLUMBIANA — Fairfield Township trustees approved an estimated $1.3 million budget for the coming year during a budget hearing on Thursday.

Fiscal Officer Pat Hoffmaster presented the 13-page budget to the board noting, “We’re doing about the same as we did last year.”

Trustee Chairman Bob Hum said, “It appears that we’re very fortunate that if we need to do something we have the funds to do them.”

New Waterford Fiscal Officer Dave Slagle had offered some assistance in assembling the budget and Hum asked if he had any questions.

Trustee Barry Miner said the largest program the township is puts in place is the eight to 10 miles of chip and seal of roads, but noted that culvert replacements will begin next.

That will be “the largest expenditure … the culverts next year,” he said and pointed out “the residents of Fairfield Township have always supported the levies and Pat Hoffmaster does a bang-up job for the township.”

Trustees approved the budget with a unanimous, 3-0 vote and Miner thanked Slagle.

“You’ve been very helpful,” he said.

In other business, trustees approved moving ahead with Trustee John Garwood’s proposal to work on cemetery headstones, noting there were 25 that he “flagged” as needing work in the East Fairfield Cemetery.

Garwood said Emery Gal of EGal Construction said there were 17 stones that he could fix.

Trustees approved $5,000 for the work with an amended resolution to increase the number from 16 to 17 headstones.

Garwood said, “He can get started next week if we approve and get half the money to him” noting the cost would come in at $4,867 and Hum said, “the only thing we’re doing is bumping it from 16 to 17.”

In other business, Road Supervisor Mel Miller said his crew had been assisting Columbiana “quite a bit with their paving” in the last 10 days.

He said the railroad crossing on Crestview Road was opened Thursday morning after being blacktopped on Wednesday.

Y&S Railroad owns the tracks and since parts of the track were raised as much as four inches, both lanes had to be shut down instead of leaving one lane open.

“It’s way, way improved,” Miller said, explaining that they will probably have to go back sometime and work on parts of road surface back from the tracks that are breaking up and cracking.

Also, the Board of Zoning Appeals vacancy announced last month is open to township residents 18 or over who are interested in filling the position as the Board of Zoning Appeals alternate.

Residents are welcome to send a letter of interest seeking appointment to the position and must be from the unincorporated portion of the township (not in Columbiana) and letters may be sent to the Fairfield Township Zoning Inspector, 3062 Fairfield School Road, Columbiana, Oh. 44408, or emailed to: zoning@fairfieldtownshipohio.com.

For more information about the responsibilities and duties of an alternate BZA member, email zoning@fairfieldtownshipohio.com or call 330-853-7132.