Goshen police prepare for traffic from Steel Valley Super Nationals

GREENFORD – Expecting a large turnout for this weekend’s Steel Valley Super Nationals at Quaker City Motorsports Park, Goshen Township Police Chief Steve McDaniel told Green Township trustees on Tuesday there will be extra patrols deployed.

Goshen Township police are contracted by Green Township for police protection.

“It’s going to be big,” McDaniel said, “we’ll have extra cars out for OVI and speed enforcement.

“We’re going to have pretty much zero tolerance … like always. I think probably liquor control will have their agents out and we’ll have 15 to 20 more hours of patrols out, mostly covered by the OVI task force grant.”

McDaniel said there will be Goshen Township officers on the the drag strip grounds too.

“There’s going to be a lot of people there … two bands …” he said, adding that having state Route 165 completely open after two sections of road work had it closed off will help ease the traffic pressure.

Fire Chief Todd Baird said there is a fireworks show between the band performances at 9:30 p.m. and his department will inspect the site on Friday afternoon.

“We’ll be there when they launch them and during the cleanup,” Baird said.

In other fire department business, Baird received approval to get five trucks serviced at a cost of $2,050 with a 2-0 vote. Trustee Dave Slagle was absent.

Trustees also approved a purchase order for $5,080 to purchase four tires for a truck from North Lima Tire.

Baird said the department will purchase two aluminum wheels for the truck if trustees buy the tires.

Baird also passed along a request by a wedding reception at the Christian church this Saturday to fill water barrels that will be used to secure a 40-foot by 80-foot tent.

“They’re requesting us to put water in,” he said and wondered if there shouldn’t be “some sort of charge” to do it for something other than a non-profit group.

Trustee George Toy said, “I personally don’t think we should” and Trustee Chairman Mark Stepuk asked Baird what a minimum charge would be.

Baird said $250 and Stepuk said, “Once you start doing that then you start going outside the scope of emergency services …”

“No problem,” Baird said, adding that he would call the people back and advise them of the outcome.

Zoning Officer Bill Pitts said there were six permits in May, two for homes, two for pools, one out-building and one addition. Two other requests were denied and he said he traveled to Austintown to speak to one property owner about about unkempt property.

Pitts also advised the board that the new LED sign will be shipped on July 11 and said the zoning board asked who would be allowed to use it.

Toy said, “At first, I thought it was government …”

Pitts said it was the zoning board’s contention that tax dollars paid for it and Fiscal Officer Randy Chismar said that “doesn’t give them the right to advertise on it.”

Trustees bounced the issue back and forth and Pitts said “you can put a thousand messages on it.”

He added, “For the time being it will be township only.”

Pitts also noted that the aluminum facia on the zoning building was ripped out exposing rotted-out wood behind it.

Trustees also discussed re-arranging the recycling station area after they find out what they need regarding the fire station extension. Baird said plans for that are very close to completion.

Larry Shields can be reached at lshields@salemnews.net