Salem Twp. trustee discusses loan program

FRANKLIN SQUARE – Salem Township Trustee Ray Heddleson said he attended an Ohio Eastern Government Association (OMEGA) seminar regarding its revolving loan fund program recently.

During Wednesday’s meeting, he said the program covers a 10-county area and if the township needs money for a municipal project like a bridge repair there are matching funds available.

“There are different people with different grants,” he said, “with matching funds to cover it with a lower interest rates” than can be obtained otherwise.

In other business, trustees discussed the grass mowing at the ball park briefly, and Trustee Chairman Bill Heston advised the board that he attended the county township association steering committee meeting where gas aggregation was discussed.

Trustees approved a $5,000 purchase order for the road department for standard emulsion for patching roads; and Heston said he would contact the county engineer regarding the bronze sign at the Teegarden Road covered bridge that someone painted over.

The historical marker was installed by the state and Heston said it was painted with a circle with an “A” inside of it.

Fiscal Officer Cathy Wilms said a road materials cost sheet was received from the Cool Springs Plant; the Columbiana County Action Agency scheduled a public hearing for community development block grants for 10 a.m., May 6; the county health department set a rabies clinic for May 10 and sent out an information sheet on ticks, mosquitoes and rabies.

Wilms also released payment of the $125,000 check, in lieu of the bond, to Hilcorp Energy for the Grafton Road well.

She said there was still about half of the $500 left in the OTARMA grant and asked if there were other applications the township wanted to submit.

Also, she said the county asked for verification that the nuisance dwelling on Golf Club Drive had been demolished.

Also, the township was invited to U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson’s (R-6) collaboration forum scheduled for May 14; and the next meeting was rescheduled for 9 a.m., May 13.