Fairfield trustees discuss uses for house owned by township

FAIRFIELD TWP. – Trustee Chairman Bob Hum said he would like the board to consider what it wants to do with the house due south of the government building that the township owns.

During Thursday’s meeting Hum asked, “What are we going to do with it? I think we ought to think about it.”

Trustee Carl Garwood suggested renting it out, but Hum didn’t want to get into the landlord business, nor did he want to tear it down, noting it is of 1950s vintage and in pretty good shape.

Hum said he just wanted to throw it out there.

“Something to think about … it’s just sitting there,” he said.

Meeting guest Tina Mills, a business owner on Cherry Fork Road, advised trustees that two weeks ago Buckeye Realty Transfer opened a drive across from their “R-Way Auto Service.”

“It started a lot of heavy truck traffic,” she said, “it was pretty severe … the back-up on our road.”

Mills said she didn’t know they were allowed to use it saying it was her understanding it had a conditional use restriction for 10 days.

“Now it’s two weeks … I’m just looking for a heads-up,” she said, adding, “unfortunately that drive is right across from my house … I wanted a heads-up.”

Hum said the entire area is zoned industrial adding that he spoke to Zoning Officer Kymberly Seabolt.

“My understanding is it’s temporary,” he said, “I would get a hold of her next week. We don’t have any additional information.”

Mills said, “I just want a heads-up … what happens next? I’m asking for a heads-up.”

Mills said she spoke to the Buckeye Realty Transfer owner and he said it would be temporary.

In other business, trustees approved a $10,000 purchase order for Hughes Contracting for primer/sealer to spray on roads to keep the dust down until the chip and seal program begins.

They also approved a $2,000 purchase order to Pipeline for replacement pipe for the inventory after Road Supervisor Mel Miller advised the board his department replaced five rusted-out culverts with 160-feet of 15-inch pipe.

He said the road reclaimer begins operating on Tuesday and the department received all the 6M slag it will use during the chip and seal program.

It also received its summer road salt allocation of 170 tons.

Trustees also approved an agreement to have department personnel drug and alcohol tested through the county Community Action Agency as part of an Ohio Department of Transportation requirement.

Hum also said he wanted the board of zoning appeals and the road department on the same page as far as laying in culverts for residential and commercial use.

“I don’t want to get into a jam later, on,” he said, adding, “I just threw that out and didn’t want to get egg on our face. The township’s growing and basically gets it at cost … it’s a nice service.”