Clearwater inspections of Damascus homes in works

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP- Damascus residents could be getting a letter from the Mahoning County Board of Health seeking permission to conduct a clearwater inspection at their homes.

Trustee Chair Bob McCracken shared a standardized letter that the Sanitary Engineer’s Office in conjunction with the Board of Health is sending to residents following a recent sanitary sewer project. The letter states that there is a potential for an excess of clearwater (storm or rain water) from footer drains, down spouts and sump pumps entering the sewer system. A clearwater inspection of each home should have been completed at the time of the project, but wasn’t.

In other business the trustees approved the promotion of Patrolman David Eck from part-time to full-time effective Feb. 10 and approved revised appropriations for 2013 of $1,616,003.88, down from the original $1,700,903.88, since the program used to determine the appropriations would not allow for advances.

Also at the meeting, Trustee Todd Beeson reported that the prosecutor’s office has not moved forward on the transfer of Lumberton Cemetery from Berlin Township to Goshen Township due to a discrepancy between the map and survey regarding actual acreage. He said Berlin trustees might conduct a deed search to determine if the cemetery has expanded if the problem is not resolved soon.

The trustees in November agreed to accept full responsibility of the cemetery, located at the corner of Western Reserve Road and state Route 534, under the condition that the township takes full ownership of the property including mineral rights, Berlin Township assumes associated costs of the transaction and Berlin Township residents must pay non-resident rates for plots.

The next regular trustees meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 11 at the Administration Building.

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