Fairfield works on road crew job description

FAIRFIELD TWP – Trustee Barry Miner has worked up a job description for the three township road crew members and expects to have it ready for the March 7 meeting.

Miner said he spoke with Road Supervisor Melvin Miller about it, noting that the road crew “pretty much does everything.”

He added, “The longer I thought about it the better I though it would be to have one job description for all.”

He asked the other trustees to look it over to see if there was anything to “clean up” and possibly pass it for inclusion in the township policies.

Miner said they can look at pay ranges for similar-type position in other townships and the state, “So they can have a goal they can work for. That way it’s a clear, defined path. That way it would be beneficial for for everyone.”

Looking at Miller, Trustee Chairman Bob Hum said, “I like having just one description for the three guys and one for you.

“If we want to adjust wages we can go into executive session … I’d like to have a road map.”

In other business, Miller requested and received approval to purchase cold patch for $2,000 from Tri-county.

He has been looking around for a specific slag and Trustee Carl Garwood said he had been trucking slag and they had thousands of tons of No. 4 but have run out. “They’re putting it into these gas wells (roadways) and they’re running out,” he said.

Miller said they’ll advertise for it and suggested setting up bids at the next meeting.

Also, Miller advised that to follow up on the traffic study on Esterly Road a letter was needed to request if from the county.

Miner said he would draw it up and said the study will be performed at both Cherry Fork and state Route 344.

Hum said, “Just to put them on 344 would give us a false count.”

Miller also said the diesel pump had arrived but had not been installed in the pickup bed yet.

He also received the OK to purchase a leather drill press belt that will be made at Simonds Leather for $120.

Zoning Officer Kymberly Seabolt said business was as usual and picking up a little.

Garwood said he received a call from a resident about a neighbor digging a big hole and burying a horse, asking what the township would do.

“That’s a new thing,” Garwood said, noting he referred it to Seabolt.

The township has no authority over human remains and trustees didn’t see where they did over animal remains either and suggested checking with the health department.

Seabolt said she would “get it squared away.”

Larry Shields can be reached at lshields@salemnews.net