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Sewer line could be in the works in Damascus

October 9, 2012
Morning Journal News

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP- A new sewer line project in Damascus could be in the works.

The township trustees Monday night granted permission for Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) representatives to evaluate and videotape operation of the storm sewers in Damascus at no cost. The video can then be used to determine the need for grant funding through the department.

The trustees elected to have the entire system videotaped so that they can then consult with a civil engineer to determine what areas to include in a possible project and the locations of smaller tied-in lines.

In other business the trustees discussed accepting full ownership of Lumberton Cemetery from Berlin Township. Currently the two townships split maintenance costs of the cemetery located on Western Reserve Road near state Route 534.

Trustee Chair Bob McCracken said that the county prosecutor's office approved the action, but that he is hesitant to moved forward since the township will incur increased maintenance costs but with no additional revenue since there are very few plots left to sell. He did suggest that the cemetery could be expanded in the future.

The trustees tabled the issue until a later date.

Police department seeking officers

Police Chief Steve McDaniel reported that the department is currently accepting applications for officers. Applications are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the station, 14003 W. South Range Road (state Route 165), Salem; or online at Applicants must be 21 years old and OPOTA certified.

Additionally the trustees accepted the resignations of officer Daniel Moser effective Sept. 19 and Kevin Johnson effective Oct. 13; promoted reserve officer Nick Brent to part-time; and hired as reserve officers Daniel Breen, Anthony Pilolli and Mitchell Gobely.

Also at the meeting

- The trustees approved a one-year, fixed-rate contract for natural gas with IGS Energy at 59.9 cents per cubic foot.

- Fiscal Officer Tom Knoedler reported the tire drive in September netted 143 from passenger vehicles and trucks, 12 from semis and nine from tractors.

- Road Foreman Jim Stryffeler reported salt prices are locked in a $37.13 per ton this year, according to ODOT, approximately $15 less than last year.

- The Damascus Volunteer Fire Department will host an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the main station on state Route 534 in Damascus.

- The next regular trustees meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Administration Building.



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