Fairfield Twp. road crews put in 525 OT hours

FAIRFIELD TWP. – Road Supervisor Mel Miller turned in 525 total hours of winter overtime to trustees on Thursday.

With three crew members available, Miller said it worked out to about the same total as in past years and was almost identical to 1995 and 1996.

“It’s not like it’s unchartered waters,” he said.

He also advised the board that Thursday’s tire drive at the government building collected 190 tires and noted “we don’t find them along the road like we used to.”

He expected to see AT&T install a U-Verse Internet service today and trustees voted unanimously on a resolution authorizing entering into a consulting arrangement for computer services, repairs and upgrades with Daryl Miller, the technology coordinator for Crestview Local Schools, at $75 per hour.

Miller is Mel Miller’s brother.

At the April 17 meeting, Mel Miller said he met with a representative from AT&T regarding the Internet service, noting the township is currently using two DSLs for $140 a month.

He said AT&T is prepared to provide faster Internet plus WiFi for $120 a month while keeping two phone numbers and providing better service.

He said the modem cost will be covered by a promotion credit.

During that meeting, Trustee Chairman Bob Hum said they were getting to the point of needing technical assistance and noted that Miller’s brother, who has performed work for Crestview schools, had been suggested as a consultant.

“I know it’s your brother,” Hum said at the time, “but if he’s good enough to Crestview schools … he’s nearby … and we can have him put together something (proposal) … I think we could use the assistance.”

Zoning Officer Kymberly Seabolt, who, along with Mel Miller, uses the township computer equipment the most, said Thursday, “I think we need him … everything’s wireless and we have expensive equipment tied into this.”

In other business, trustee approved a $3,000 purchase order for pipeline and a $10,000 purchase order for hot mix from Tri-County for road patching.

Trustees also approved the use of township roads for the Laurie Wilms Memorial 1st Annual Scholarship 5K/Walk on Nov. 5; and for the Hilloween Half-Marathon set for Nov. 1.