Fairfield trustees at loss to answer wireless firm

FAIRFIELD TWP. – An inquiry regarding the location of a Horizon wireless communication tower sparked a discussion that ended with trustees saying the township takes no position on the issue.

Zoning Officer Kymberly Seabolt asked what reply she should provide the company if it wanted a definitive answer on the issue.

Trustee Chairman Bob Hum said it was “too bad” if they did and Seabolt said, “I’m not sure what they’re asking for” and wondered if the company wanted to be treated like a public utility.

Hum said the township’s position is it has no position.

Seabolt said the company seemed like it was urgent and thought it could be a historical issue and Hum said that was out of the township’s jurisdiction too.

“What do I tell them?” Seabolt asked and Hum said, “we have no position” and Seabolt said the company seemed insistent.

“We have no authority,” Hum said, “in our zoning or statutorily” and Seabolt said she would refer it to the Historical Society of Columbiana-Fairfield Township.

In other business, trustees passed a resolution to certify the outside millage of 3.1 mills that the county auditor’s office affirmed for the township.

Road Supervisor Mel Miller said all the mowing on the township roads was completed and 60 tons of road millings from Columbiana was picked up. He also advised the 1994 GMC pickup had the township decals removed and a description drawn up for the July 17 sale of municipal equipment in Rogers.

Hum asked for approval to place an ad in the Ohio Township Association magazine for the township’s 2002 Dodge Intrepid police cruiser.

Hum learned it cost $20 for a quarter-page ad and said they could place it in the September-October edition and trustees approved the request.

Trustees also asked Miller to obtain more information regarding a new copy machine. He had prices between $2,800 and $3,000 to replace the old one and Hum said he wasn’t interested in a lease.

Miller pointed out some of the options and Seabolt said it would help to have a color copier because of zoning papers. She was also concerned about temperatures in the office after the new building windows are installed.

Also, Trustee Barry Miner said he will meet with Christina Wagner of the Ohio Jobs and Commerce office of the Ohio Department of Transportation regarding Cherry Fork Road and Esterly Drive today.

He also noted ODOT will be working on culvert replacements on state Route 558 at the 6.4 mile-marker at Lower Elkton Road and the 9.8 mile-marker just past Signal Road later on this year.

He said the detours will be announced and the road will be closed for about two weeks at each location.

The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. on July 3.

Larry Shields can be reached at lshields@salemnews.net