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Salem Twp. trustees talk roadway issues

FRANKLIN SQUARE — Salem Township Trustees talked roads Tuesday night, from patching them, to trimming along them to drivers raging on them.

“The road rage incidents are just unbelievable right now,” Township Constable Dan Valentine said.

Valentine talked about traffic issues during his report to trustees, including complaints about speeding, an issue in the neighborhood right near the township headquarters in Franklin Square and in the Conkle Road area.

His biggest issue right now, though, he said is the intersection of state Route 45 and Salem Grange Road, where there were four accidents in one week at the end of May. Drivers are failing to yield from the stop signs on Salem Grange to oncoming traffic along state Route 45 which isn’t required to stop.

Valentine said he’s talked to the Ohio State Highway Patrol Lisbon post commander and Winona Fire Department, which has had to respond to the accidents. According to Valentine, the patrol is planning a three-month blitz on state Route 45 looking for violations.

“That’s going to be a hot spot,” he said.

He also said there were plans for the patrol to contact the Ohio Department of Transportation about looking at the intersection to see if anything can be done to make it safer.

Road Supervisor Jason Entrikin said people are having trouble going up the hill to the stop sign on Salem Grange Road at state Route 45, saying the hill was made steeper when state Route 45 was repaved.

“I strongly support whatever you can do there,” Jim Conser of the Winona Fire Department said.

He suggested putting a flashing light on state Route 45 to warn about the intersection.

In other road business, the trustees agreed to request the Columbiana County auditor certify the amount for renewal of the township’s .9-mill road levy. A second approval will be necessary to actually place the renewal on the ballot.

Entrikin said the township is currently on the chip and seal schedule for Aug. 4, 5 and 6. Roads to be done this year include Perry Grange Road, Jersey Ridge Road, Lisbon-Canfield Road and Butcher Road.

Trustee John Wilms addressed the need for tree trimming and a problem with the equipment, saying “we’re going to have to do something.” Entrikin said he’s not sure what to do to fix the equipment. Trustee Bill Heston said he knows someone who might be able to help. After the meeting, Entrikin said the hydraulic motor on the saw attachment on the excavator needs replaced.

Wilms also talked about the need for repairs on Cunningham Road, halfway up the hill, some work on the right-of-way on Conkle Road at Salem Grange Road and continued general patching on township roads.

Trustee Ray Heddleson planned to contact the man hired to mow the grass at the cemeteries to find out why he hasn’t done any mowing this month.

Conser said the Winona Fire Department is hoping to get answers from the county auditor’s office on their additional levy options for the Northwest Fire District which covers part of Salem Township. He noted the township has to make the official request to have the auditor certify the amounts. The three option amounts were a .50-mill levy, .75-mill levy or 1-mill levy.

Once the options are certified, the fire department will recommend their preference to the trustees, who will then have to vote a second time, to place the additional levy on the ballot.

Wilms asked if the fire department was asking for increases in the other areas they cover, and Conser said they were, including Butler Township.

The next trustee meeting will be 7 p.m. June 29.

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