Fairfield trustees accept road material bids

FAIRFIELD TWP. – Trustees voted to accept 10 bids for road maintenance material and hauling during Thursday’s meeting.

Trustees will review the submissions and vote later on which bids to approve. Road materials consist of various grades of limestone slag and asphalt hot mix.

Trustee Chairman Bob Hum said, “I don’t think we’re ever had that much of a response.”

One hot mix bid from Central Allied drew a comment of surprise from Hum who noted the $90 per ton price for No. 412 hot mix was quite a bit more than the other bids that were as low as $64 per ton.

With separate resolutions trustees approved the accepting the bids and the bids for hauling the materials to authorized locations in the township.

Trustees also approved a road department purchase order request for $5,000 for limestone from East Fairfield Coal Co.

In other road department business, Road Supervisor Mel Miller said he spoke to the Columbiana County engineers office regarding work on Crestview Road this summer.

The county will pave its portion of Crestview Road on the other side of state Route 7 to New Waterford, and Miller said the county didn’t mind including the township’s part in project.

Also trustees voted to do a speed reduction study on Metz Road from state Route 7 to the intersection of Creek Road; and Miller advised trustees he priced two laptop computers at $500 each.

Related to that, Zoning Officer Kymberly Seabolt said the township can obtain wireless (WiFi) service from AT&T for the government building at a lower cost than what it pays now.

She asked if trustees wanted to allow guest users to tap into the hot spot and she will provide more information.

At the last regular meeting, trustees set a vote on whether to close the Esterly Road railroad crossing for the April 17 meeting.

Closing the crossing will accommodate a closed-loop rail inside the Buckeye Realty Transfer facility where the company operates a full-service transloading station that serves the oil and gas industry.

It currently distributes fracking sand by the tank-load and a brine water cleaning system is planned.

Previous meetings, including a public hearing, attracted a number of people on both sides of the crossing issue.

Just under $300,000 in state money has been put into the state Route 344/Esterly Drive/Cherry Fork roadway improvements at the facility.

On Thursday, Mary Ann Ossoff, co-owner Valley Golf Course across from the Buckeye Realty facility and an opponent of the closing, said with spring here they are getting questions from customers on why the crossing could be closed.

“I tell them Norfolk Southern won’t service the spur because of safety,” she said, but pointed out it services three other three-track spurs.

She ruled out safety saying, “… so the only thing we can think of is economics … it all goes back to the intersection and even with enhancements this could prove to be a big issue.”

She called it dicey as it and with the projected amount of additional traffic, more that 100 trucks a day, asked what it will be like when the four-phase facility is completed.

“When people ask me, I don’t know what to tell them,” she said. She wondered why no alternative plan has been presented or discussed.

Hum said he expected representatives from Norfolk Southern and Buckeye Realty at the next meeting.

“Maybe at the next meeting we’ll be able to get clearer answers,” Hum said.

Trustee Barry Miner said the intersection has been portrayed as dangerous from day one without any studies.

“There intersection itself is not a dangerous intersection,” he said, adding that the Ohio Department of Transportation, “feels it’s a safe intersection the way it is.”

There are plans to upgrade it.

Ossoff said on a day-to-day basis there is a lot of traffic and it will be seeing more.