Green Twp. trustees disagree on road work

GREENFORD — During its regular meeting on Monday, Green Township Trustee Dave Slagle made a motion to double chip and seal coat Garfield and Roller roads between Beaver Creek and Canfield-Lisbon roads.

But the motion died for lack of a second as Trustee Chairman George Toy wanted to single coat the roads and Trustee Mark Stepuk is currently deployed to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army.

At the February meeting, trustees discussed whether to use one or two coats with Stepuk wanting to try a single coating “or maybe try something else” suggesting an onyx coat described as tough, frictional mastic surface treatment.

He wanted to try it on a section of road.

At that meeting, Slagle said they’ve had “nothing but good luck with double chip and seal,” adding, “I’m not in favor of doing any single chip and seal. When I’ve gone to conventions (township association) in Columbus, I’ve always heard not to do chip and seal in one coat.”

At that point Fiscal Officer Randy Chismar said trustees needed to answer “a couple of questions” before he could see how much money there was and that would determine how far the chip and seal program would go.

Also on Monday, trustees also approved upgrading the community building with LED lighting that will use a rebate from First Energy. Slagle said some of the work includes new light fixtures and bulbs and that work can be done with in-house personnel.

Also, according to the paper’s broadcast partner WKBN First News, Damascus and Green Township firefighters said they will not respond to the Village Network group home, previously known as the Sharon Lynn Home for Girls, in Goshen Township until police say it’s safe.

Damascus Fire Department President Tom Rhodes and Green Township Fire Chief Todd Baird said they’re not going in until police say it’s safe.

The group home has been causing problems without police officers present.

“The girls will abuse us, they’ll swear at us, they’ll throw things at us,” Rhodes said.

Baird said Green Township has responded to the Village Network 10 times as a back-up for the Damascus Fire Department.

“It’s not a primary response for us,” he said explaining they took the action after three teen girls walked away from the home and attempted to burglarize the home of two Green Township firefighters several miles down the road.

The girls assaulted them, hitting and kicking them in the face in the April 3 incident.

All three were arrested and taken to the Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Center.

“When you attack two members of our family, we take it personal,” Baird said.

After that incident he called the Damascus Fire Department to advise Green Township took a vote on the issue and would no longer provide back up.

The department said it will still respond first if there’s a fire.

“The members felt that our family was attacked and we are no longer responding there on a mutual aid basis,” Baird said, adding police would respond first and when they tell fire crews it’s safe, then firefighters will go in.

Police Chief Steven McDaniel said as long as they’re not on a more immediate call, they’ll provide an escort.

Rhodes said Goshen police have responded to over 650 calls to the home in the last ten years.

Neighbors have been complaining about it since at least 2014.

In 2015, the Wooster-based Village Network, a nonprofit providing shelter for girls with mental and behavioral problems, bought the house.

Also, the Green Township Fire Department took delivery of a back-up ambulance two weeks ago that was purchased from the Woodson County, Missouri, EMS through Myers Equipment in Canfield.

Baird said the new back-up ambulance was purchased for $14,000, noting the fire department paid for half and the township paid for the other half.

The old ambulance has a rusted frame and will probably be sold at an auction in the fall, Baird said. The department still has two ambulances.