Rogers may hold tag sale to fix roads

ROGERS – Village Councilman Tom Chambers wants to hold a tag day to raise the additional funds to meet the $5,000 goal he says is needed to resurface village streets and alleys this year.

Speaking at this week’s meeting, Chambers reported he met with the Columbiana County Engineer’s Office, which determined it would cost the village an estimated $5,000 to resurface the streets on his to-do list. Under the county’s chip-and-seal resurfacing program, participating villages and townships purchase the material and the engineer’s office does the work.

Village Fiscal Officer Dale Davis said they only have $4,900 currently available for street work and recommended reducing the scope of the resurfacing project to something more affordable. Chambers suggested holding a tag day or other fund-raiser to come up with the extra money.

The streets on his list include the street that runs past Village Hall, College Avenue, the street in front of the Rogers Feed Mill, and assorted alleys, including Baker Alley.

In other action, council granted the Middle Beaver Girls Softball Association permission to hold its league games at the community park. An association member said they are no longer allowed to use the field behind the Rogers Elementary School. The only stipulation is the association must add the village to its liability insurance policy.

The league is comprised of 11 teams at various age levels. The season runs from mid-April to late June.

Councilman Michael Hunt said it will be good to get more use out of the park because it has become an after-dark gathering place for vehicles. He has also found evidence of drug use at the park and at one time saw someone walking on the pavilion roof, “and I had to run him off.”

Hunt said a man who lives next to the park would be willing to lock the gate at night, but someone asked who would be responsible for unlocking the gate in the morning.

In related news, council voted to remove the pegs from the horseshoe pits at the park after Debbie Pugh pointed out they posed a safety hazard because of its proximity to the basketball court. Pugh said she noticed the problem when chaperoning the local Boy Scouts while they were playing basketball at the park.

“I don’t think we need them,” Councilwoman Jayne Balmenti said of the horseshoe pits. “No one’s ever used them and they’re just a sore thumb.”

Finally, Janice Glover reported 23 new American flags and metal poles will be erected on poles throughout the village in time for Memorial Day, thanks to $1,000 in donations and the assistance of the American Legion post in Columbiana.

Glover, who operates the Y Inn in Rogers, led the effort to replace the flags after seeing they were in poor condition. Glover and her customers, along with the following businesses and individuals, made donations: Rogers Sale, the feed mill, Buckeye Firearms, the Millrock junk yard and Doug Smith.