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Fairfield road chief:?Plow ready to go

November 16, 2012
Morning Journal News

FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP - Road Supervisor Mel Miller said the new dump truck is ready for winter with a new plow and salt-spreader.

During Thursday's trustee meeting, Miller said the new truck "is pretty much ready for the snow while advising the board that new employee Nathan Good took his final tests that his hiring was contingent upon.

Miller said all the mowing is completed and he replaced a couple of driveway culverts, replaced a guardrail and checked on a pending drainage issue that apparently is the property owners responsibility.

Miller said the property owner is aware of the Ohio Edison right-of-way and that the township cannot go onto private property to resolve issues.

Trustee Barry Miner said, "It goes back to the property owner ..." and Miller suggested with a new dump truck purchased, he wanted trustees to think about a new pickup truck within the next two or three years.

Trustee Chairman Bob Hum asked if he had specifications and Miller said there was nothing yet and Hum suggested at least a three-quarter ton and Miner chimed in with an extended cab adding that two-wheel drive "will probably" work.

Whether to buy a gas or diesel engine was left open and Hum said to look at both. Miner said he had asked former road Superintendent Denny Farmer about the pickup earlier but Farmer, Miner joked, had told him to "let the new guy worry about it."

Hum asked to Miller to do some comparing and Miner said he should look his fleet needs over since they have a reprieve for the dump truck and added he was glad Miller was looking at a new pickup.

"It makes sense," he said.

In other business Hum addressed an issue with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio regarding Integrys Energy Services, the company that manages the townships' opt-out gas aggregation program, questioning its procedures.

"There are people in Cincinnati and Fairfield County (on the opt-out list)," Hum said.

"I'll bet half the people were not residents of Fairfield Township - Columbiana County - and they got this list from the PUCO.

"If this township is that screwed up," Hum wondered, what about the rest of the state?"

He continued, "And the paperwork they send you ... you have to lay it out in three sections to see what you've got ... it's the screwiest system.

"If they (Integrys) come up with a hard list we can ignore the PUCO. Unbelieveable."

Also, trustees were advised that Crestview and Kirk Roads will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. this Saturday for the 5K Rebel Run; Zoning Inspector Kymberly Seabolt said a public hearing for proposed changes to the Fairfield Township zoning resolution is set for 6 p.m. Nov. 26; and a board of zoning appeals public hearing is set for 7 p.m. Dec. 4 regarding an application for variance.

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