Trustees to check issues

Township trustees agreed to check on two issues for Colonial Drive resident Robert Woods, who complained about water flooding his yard and high grass at a property slated for demolition affecting his allergies.

Woods raised the issues during the trustees’ meeting Monday night, saying he’s had different trustees and officials over the years look at the situation with water running across Goshen Road.

He claimed a builder was permitted to close a drain on the west side and build some homes and the other side of the road has farm fields. He said the water is coming

across and flooding out his back lot. He said he’s gone to the Columbiana County Engineer’s Office and asked to have a drain in the area cleaned out, saying the area desperately needs drainage, but nothing has happened.

He thought maybe the trustees would have more influence if they asked.

Woods also complained about ragweed being 5 feet tall at a property on Goshen Road which is supposed to be torn down through a state-funded program being overseen by Columbiana County commissioners. Trustee Don Kendrick, who also serves as the zoning officer, said he was told a neighbor was supposed to be mowing it.

“I didn’t realize it was that bad,” he said.

Woods said he has allergies and the ragweed is affecting them.

Both Kendrick and Trustee Chairman Cliff Mix said they would look into the problems for him.

In other business, the trustees approved the purchase of two automated external defibrillators for the fire department at a cost of $3,300. Fire Chief Bruce Whitcher said they’ll place one on a pumper truck and one on a rescue truck so they’ve got one at each station.

Whitcher also announced the date of the fire department’s pancake breakfast will be 7 a.m. to noon Oct. 12 at the north station on Ellsworth Avenue. The cost of the all-you-can-eat breakfast is $6 for adults, $4.50 for kids 6 to 13 years old and free for kids 5 and under.

Kendrick said he issued seven zoning permits in August and one so far in September, for a total of 40 permits this year.

Prior to the meeting, trustees reviewed the township’s insurance coverage with their insurance representative.