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Fairfield trustees OK temporary appropriations

December 20, 2012
Morning Journal News

FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP - Trustees approved temporary appropriations of $700,000 to carry the township through the first three months of 2013 on Wednesday.

The money will pay current expenses and expenditures.

In other business, a number of housekeeping resolutions kept trustees busy including pay increases for employees.

The road superintendent remained at $2,123 semi-monthly while two road crewmembers received fifty-cent an hour raises from $21.50 to $22 an hour and $17.50 to $18 per hour, and the newest employee was placed at $15 per hour.

The zoning inspector receives $1,355 a month while the cemetery sexton and fire prevention officer each are paid $100 a month. Trustees passed the resolution unanimously.

Also approved were the employment of legal counsel Alan Wenger for the same compensation as in 2012; the group health, group dental and vision, group life, accidental death and disability insurance and the property and liability policies were also approved.

Trustee Chairman Bob Hum also requested that a check for $28,000 for a 2012 Chevy 4X4, half-ton pickup from Columbiana Buick Chevrolet for the road department be approved and Road Supervisor Melvin Miller said he would pick up the granite-blue colored vehicle today.

Trustees also approved the reappointment of Debra Lawler to the zoning commission for another one-year term and asked the public letters of interest from anyone wanting to serve as an alternate on the commission.

Ralph C. Bertanzetti was reappointed to a one-year term on the board of zoning appeals while Agnes C. Jones was reappointed as an alternate to the board for another one-year term.

Trustees also kept the same time and date for its regular meetings for 2013.

In other business, Miller said the road department was servicing trucks, cleaning leaves from numerous ditches while replacing two rusted culverts on Creek Road.

He explained his procedure for checking and repairing road signs and provided trustees with copies of the supporting paperwork.

Hum noted, "there's a lot of signs" and pointed out there are 48.4 miles of township roads.

During a public hearing, trustees also passed a resolution amending the zoning code regarding jurisdiction on oil and gas drilling.

Zoning Inspector Kymberly Seabolt said there had been confusion that the township had some authority but all the drilling comes under state regulations and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Trustees took out the "confusing and misleading" section and added the amendment which will take effect in 30 days.

Trustee Barry Miner said he received an oil drilling rig move notification from Chesapeake Exploration advising the Weaver drilling rig on state Route 558 will be moving to the Harts drill site on Crestview Road this week.

The rig mast was down on Thursday night at the Weaver site and Miner said the route will be east on state Route 558 and then north on state Route 164 and left on Crestview Road.

He expected it could take 80 to 100 loads to transport the rig and wanted Miller to keep an eye on the move since the township has a road use maintenance agreement (RUMA) with Chesapeake.

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