Mahoning County to pave Garfield Road this summer

GOSHEN TWP. – The township is slated to have just one stretch of roadway paved by Mahoning County this summer.

Trustee Todd Beeson reported Monday night that the county engineer’s office announced Garfield Road between state Route 534 and Seacrist Road is scheduled to be paved this summer, one of only 10 miles of roadway the county will pave. The trustees had asked for the paving of Middletown Road from Duck Creek Road to Stratton Road and from state Route 534 to Seacrist Road, paving of Diagonal Road from state Route 165 to Duck Creek Road and paving and Garfield Road from state Route 14 to state Route 534.

Trustee Roger Heineman noted that in addition to the paving project, the engineer’s office for the first time purchased a paver for spots and leveling for chip and sealing. He said he volunteered Pine Lake Road from Duck Creek Road to state Route 14 for a trial use of the machine.

Heineman also said the office purchased a bucket truck for trimming branches away from roadways, which will help at many locations in the township where trees are overhanging the roads.

In other road department business the trustees authorized Roads Foreman Jim Stryffeler to have the septic tank at the township garage pumped. The county board of health has given the township 30 days to comply with the recommendation to have the tank pumped.

Stryffeler also reported that like most municipalities in the area, his department is having to ration its remaining salt supply, but that he did receive some more earlier that day. The trustees commended Stryffeler and his department for their work on the roads this winter.

Additionally Fiscal Officer Tom Knoedler noted that the new mailbox damage policy is now online under the road department at

Also at the meeting the trustees passed a resolution of support for the county commissioners to conduct another 911 call system study with a fully funded $100,000 grant. Trustee Chair Bob McCracken said he felt there were better ways to use the money, but that the 911 system needs addressed.

McCracken also reported that Crown Castle International has purchased the cell tower which the township has leased to ATT, and it will take three to four months before the trustees will know how to proceed with a contract offer from Unison Site Management for the purchase of a cell tower lease that they tabled in January. The offer is $150,000 in two lump sums over 40 years.