Fairfield trustees want to join county road project

FAIRFIELD TWP. – Trustees expect to take action to combine paving two miles of Crestview Road with county road work at the next meeting.

Road Supervisor Mel Miller said Thursday he speak with the county engineer’s office about the project which the township estimates will cost it $270,000.

The county will pave about seven miles of nearby road later in the summer.

Miller proposed three other options to trustees but Trustee Chairman Bob Hum said with the county paving seven miles he didn’t see why they shouldn’t see if they could “piggyback” on its project.

Trustee Barry Miner pointed out the high cost of paving after Miller provided three alternative options ranging in price for $261,000 to $316,000.

The county is paving with a 3/4-inch base with a quarter-inch overlay and Miller said they were preparing the bid now.

Hum said, “I think we have to make a decision tonight” and Miner said, “I think we go with the county.”

Hum said, “We want to coordinate with the county,” and Miller said he would speak to them about including the township in the bid.

Hum said, “I just hate to miss the opportunity and all the equipment’s there.”

Crestview Road from Fairfield School Road to state Route 170 is in the paving area and Miller said it included line-striping.

“I’ll talk to Bob (deputy county engineer Durbin) about that to move forward,” Miller said.

In other business, trustees passed a resolution to pay Central Allied Construction the remainder of what it owed for improvements on Esterly Drive in the amount of $67,612.

Miner said he and Miller went over the paperwork regarding the project and explained the details in finalizing the payment of $125,000 of Jobs Ohio money to Central Allied Construction for road work on Esterly Drive.

He said Central Allied included the prevailing wage requirement and Jobs Ohio said to allow 30 days to process the auto deposit.

In other road department business, trustees approved a $10,000 purchase order for Morton Salt relative to the summer road salt contract; and approved a $2,000 purchase order for catch basins from Quaker City Septic.

Miller said the department has worked on mowing, finished up with the rotary ditchers and has prepared berms for the chip and seal program; the department has been receiving 6M stone for the chip and seal program and has 700 tons currently on site.

Road crews also assisted the city of Columbiana with its annual paving and Miller said GAI Consultants “need to revisit pipeline for environmental repairs.”

Also, Zoning Officer Kymberly Seabolt reported on inspecting a property that was damaged by fire, saying it had been cleaned up, in her opinion.

Trustee Carl Garwood commended the road department for its “great job of mowing and ditching” and Hum wondered about the township holding used/damaged/discarded electronics drive, similar to its tire drive.

Miller said he would check into it.