Goshen trustees increase cemetery prices, OK?budget

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP- The township trustees held their re-organizational meeting Saturday morning, increasing cemetery prices, approving the projected budget for 2013 and renewing contracts.

The trustees set cemetery prices at $450 for township residents, an increase of $50, and $800 for non-residents, an increase of $200. Burials and cremations during the week will remain at $500 during the week and $325, respectively, but an additional $175 will be added for weekends and holidays.

In other business, the trustees approved the 2013 budget presented by Fiscal Officer Tom Knoedler that shows a beginning balance of $531,688.05, with an anticipated income of $1,322,861 and expense of $1,616,003.88, for an anticipated ending balance of $238,545.17.

The trustees also elected Bob McCracken as chairman and Todd Beeson as vice chairman, and rehired Jim Stryffeler as road foreman, Randy Smith as part-time road department employee, John Bricker as fire prevention officer, Paul Manypenny as recycling coordinator and Jessica Zepernick as part-time assistant recycling coordinator.

Additionally the trustees approved 50 cent per hour raises for all police personnel except reserve officers and hired Zepernick as a part-time desk officer as needed.

The trustees also agreed to continue to meet at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month.

2013 road program: The trustees approved the following projects for the 2013 road program: culvert improvement and upgrades to Smith-Goshen Road, drainage improvement on Stratton Road and upgrades to Mill Street, Danbury Drive, Diagonal Road and Duck Creek Road from state Route 165 to Pine Lake Road. Projects to be submitted to the county engineer’s office include berming, brush trimming and culvert replacement on county roads, paving of Middletown Road from Duck Creek Road to Stratton Road and from state Route 534 to Seacrist Road, paving of Diagonal Road from state Route 165 to Duck Creek Road and paving and berming Duck Creek Road from Calla Road to Western Reserve Road.

Township supervision: The trustees agreed to continue as a board in supervising township business as follows: Beeson and Roger Heineman for cemeteries, McCracken as police liaison and to monitor equipment needs and repairs for the police department, Heineman to monitor equipment needs and repairs for the road department, Beeson to monitor house numbering in the township, Beeson and Heineman to the township Fireman’s Dependency Board and Knoedler and McCracken to the township Records Commission. The trustees will act as a board in monitoring the need of building, repairing and maintaining roads.

Kevin Howell can be reached at khowell@salemnews.net