Insurance could end Goshen playground

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP- New insurance regulations could spell the end of the playground at the administration building in Goshen Township.

The trustees Monday night discussed the regulations that will require weekly inspection reports and significant maintenance upgrades for the little used playground. The regulations also address other areas such as road department equipment.

According to the trustees, the playground is rarely used outside of baseball season and is not worth the increased costs from the continuous maintenance and inspections. Roads Foreman Jim Stryffeler noted that the inspection records must be kept for seven years and the township can be fined by the state auditor if they cannot be produced.

The trustees did not make a decision about the playground, but Stryffeler suggested possibly donating the equipment to the Goshen Center Ruritan park at Bunker Hill.

In other business, the trustees hired police officers Erik Bonilla of Campbell as part-time and Sheri Jarvis of Rootstown as reserve. The trustees also renewed their health insurance plan through Anthem at a 2.1 percent decrease from last year. Trustee Chair Bob McCracken said if the board had waited until after the new federal health insurance plan is finalized, there could have been anywhere from an 8 percent decrease to a 2 percent increase.

The trustees also agreed to explore options for expanding the Bunker Hill Cemetery, which only has about a dozen lots left unsold.

Also at the meeting Recycling Coordinator Paul Manypenny reported that he is encouraging patrons of the Colonial Villa recycling site to contact the Mahoning County Green Team to protest the site’s impending closure. He said although it is not likely to change anything, it is good to let them know that people care.

Manypenny said that the Green Team is justifying the closing by noting that the township is the only one with three sites, but that the argument does not hold up since the site is being used consistently. He said he is worried that the site’s patrons will not travel to the Seacrist Road site and that a lot of the recycled material will end up in the trash.

There is no date yet for when the site will be closed.

Additionally Trustee Roger Heineman reported that the township will be able to get salt from the county this winter if the road department ever runs out.

The next regular trustees meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 11 at the administration building.