Goshen Twp. road funds running out

GOSHEN TWP. – The road department is battling budget shortages with roads still needing fixed.

Roads Foreman Jim Stryffeler addressed the issue at the township trustees meeting Monday night, noting that as of last month the department has run out of money allotted in its budget for road patching. He said he’ll need 60 or 70 more tons of material that will cost approximately $6,000 in order to make repairs on West Calla Road and streets in Damascus.

Trustee Chair Bob McCracken said the owners of Martig Farms which utilizes West Calla Road have offered to pay the cost of materials if the township provides the labor to fix the roadway. He said he and Stryffeler need to set up a meeting with the owners to come to an agreement on the issue.

The problem with the budget still needs addressed, though, according to Fiscal Officer Tom Knoedler, who said that the shortage was not unexpected. He said all facets of the department’s budget will be close to zero before next year’s tax collection in March, with significant costs such as the payment on the new truck still to come this year. He noted that any large purchase for road repair or equipment before March will wipe out the budget, but workers will still need paid.

In related matters, McCracken reported that the motorist from Martig Farms who damaged a section of Diagonal Road shortly after it was chip and sealed last month has agreed to pay $500 to have it repaired. However, he noted that the farmer had to enter his field off Diagonal Road because the utility lines are hanging too low across the access drive off Duck Creek Road. He suggested one of the trustees contact the power or telephone company to address the issue.

Stryffeler also reported that several residents have informed him of drainage problems on roadways which are mostly county maintained. He said he discussed the issue with ODOT officials who said they would look into the problems and work with the township to address intersections of county and township roadways.