Trustees: Don’t forget sewer hearing

Property owners to be affected by the Painter Road/Brooklyn Avenue and Depot Road sewer line extension project are being reminded to attend a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. March 11 at the Perry Township administration building.

Trustees announced the date again at their meeting Monday night, with Chairman Trustee Cliff Mix saying they’ll have the price of the project and the amount each property owner will owe.

Since the cost for property owners will be higher than original estimates from 17 months ago, trustees called for the public hearing to have the affected property owners vote again on going forward.

The meeting will be held at the township administration building on North Ellsworth Avenue.

Columbiana County commissioners opened new bids for the project last month, with two of the 13 bids received less than the $260,000 estimate for the cost. The lowest bid was submitted by Waugh Excavating Inc. of Crown City and totaled $245,838. The next lowest bid was $255,789 from LEB Contracting of East Palestine.

The project was originally bid in 2011 with an estimated cost of $199,000, but commissioners rejected all the bids because they each totaled more than 10 percent over the estimate. The lowest bid then was $242,238.

The trustees had been approached by residents about extending sewer lines and the trustees approached the county to handle the project, with the trustees agreeing to use $84,000 in state funding toward the project. The city of Salem, which will own the lines and provide the service once the project is constructed, agreed last year to loan the rest of the money for the project, with the affected residents to be pay an assessment to repay the loan.

The trustees will hold their next regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 11, after the public hearing.

In other business, Fire Chief Bruce Whitcher asked for permission to purchase six 5-gallon pails of foam at a cost of $540 from Warren Fire Equipment when they pick up the new fire truck later this week since there was a discount on the cost of the truck. Trustees approved the purchase.

Whitcher said the new truck is equipped with a foam unit and the foam has an indefinite shelf life. The foam will be used for vehicle fires and some structure fires.

Township firefighters will inspect the truck on Wednesday and then bring it home from Warren Fire Equipment on Thursday. Trustees approved payment of bills totaling $348,039 this month, including $336,908 for the fire truck. The new truck will replace a 1977 engine pumper.

Whitcher also announced the date for the fire department’s pancake breakfast and open house from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 at the north station on North Ellsworth Avenue. He said they’ll have live demonstrations of equipment and let citizens know what they do. Plans call for Lifeflight and ambulances to also be on hand.

The cost of tickets for breakfast will be $6 for adults, $4.50 for children ages 6 to 13 and children 5 and under free.

The trustees approved $175 for township police Det. Steve Smith to attend recertification training as a taser instructor.

Trustees appointed Sandy Capel, who resides at Pembrooke, as the township’s representative to the Humane Society of Columbiana County Board. Another resident, Lisa Shoff, had also expressed interest, but they said she already serves on the board as an at-large member and as a humane officer.

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